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By Carol Einarsson | 10/29/2016
 
 
When I was 30 years old, I had a paper route. It was something I could do and take my beloved assistant with me, and as a single, home-schooling mom, that was my priority. I was thankful for the job because I've always known God would provide. He doesn't typically drop a check in the mail, but He has been faithful to always provide suitable jobs for me where I could take Colby with me. It's for that reason that I have, historically, had a very difficult time leaving any job. It always seemed to me that to quit something was to say to God, "Thanks, but what You've provided isn't good enough..." 

Over the years in that season of my life, my jobs always overlapped. I usually maintained three or four part-time jobs, and they'd come and go, but I always had a new one before I lost an old one. God knew my tendency to hold on when He wanted me to let go, and He was apparently willing to work with me. But there was one time He insisted that I trust Him, and that's when it was time to let go of the paper route.

Living in an apartment at the time, our route was our complex of about two dozen buildings, an adjacent complex, and some condos down the street. Most of it was walking. It was hot in the summer, and cold and miserable in the winter. And that's when it finally got to be too much. 

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/16/2016
 
Saturday night there was an informal reception of sorts at the Hollywood Casino Turn Two sports bar. NASCAR had a private area reserved for their execs and invited media. We were among the latter. When we arrived, we were unsure where the group was, so as we waited for the host to find out where we should go, Dave turned and asked someone who was leaving, and appeared to have been in the same group. "Excuse me, do you know where the NASCAR group is?" As I turn to look, he's asking Rusty Wallace for directions. Yes, really. And without a second thought, Rusty told us where it was. "Thanks, Rusty!"

The reception was lovely, though I felt a bit out of place. Even still, our new best friend with NASCAR told us to get a plate. We did, and there was a seat available next to Mike Helton, so what's a girl to do? Yup, we'll sit there! I have to say, I'm not easily star-struck, and I'm not sure that's what it was, but it was surreal. I've been in a room with him before at the media center, and it was just different this time. The relaxed, non-business nature of it... I'm just hangin' with Helton at a sports bar in Kansas. How ridiculous life is sometimes.


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By Carol Einarsson | 10/15/2016
 

Last night we left and went out for shakes at Spangles, a great burger place in Topeka. It's 50s all the way, with a giant Elvis statue, and in May they also had a Marilyn Monroe statue, but now Marilyn is gone. She'd been atop a table, and we wondered if she'd somehow been toppled.

We all just stood up for the invocation and the national anthem. A media center of  39 reporters stood in a room where not a single person outside would have noticed if we hadn't. Yet men removed their caps, and all stood in silence for both the prayer and anthem. It was a beautiful thing. 

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/14/2016
 
Sorry about last week.. We were prepared for a Saturday night race, but not so much on Sunday. Some kind of plague is wreaking havoc at the RJO Main Office, and sneezing and coughing are rivaling the sounds of race car engines. But we press on, and we're in Kansas this weekend! Should be 70 today, but so far it's fog and drizzle. And someone reported some rain that isn't officially happening because nobody's willing to report it as such. Still cool outside, and we're even willingly drinking the infamous coffee.

Again this time, we're staying in Topeka, a lovely place about 45 minutes from the track (and a $3 toll) because someone (okay, ME) is being picky, persnickity, and maybe a little immature about the formerly-favored hotel that's right across the street from the track. They changed managers and though I was promised one thing in the spring, she went back on what she said, denied having said it, and then was a little rude to this customer about my accommodations. So to complete the severing of my nose to prove a point to my face, naturally I stopped staying there. Yes, I was staying for free, so it's to their benefit that I stay elsewhere on race weekend, but the girl at the Topeka hotel had a great smile that got even bigger when I told her how we prefer driving in from Topeka versus staying across the street from the track because the hotel staff is far superior. I hope she tells her manager. And the manager at Kansas City West, too.

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/14/2016
 
 My thoughts are muddled right now because of a combination of exhaustion, cold medicine, and emotion. I learned earlier today about the tragic loss of someone I once met. But it was more than just a 20 second conversation with the person in line behind you at the grocery store. It was a race weekend, and she sat directly across from me in the Media Center at Kansas Speedway. It was her first time ever in a media center, her first race coverage. She was what anyone would conservatively call "giddy". She wasn't just bubbly like champagne, she was a bottle of champagne that had been well-shaken!  With an eager hand extended, she introduced herself to anyone who even inadvertently made eye contact. Name, media affiliation, a big smile, and too much information.

She was just overcome with the goodness of life, and her excitement at covering the race, meeting the drivers, and all that this is -- and it made me remember my first time here. I wasn't nearly as confident as she was. I was (and still am, really) a hermit that's sitting among the social people. I don't introduce myself to others unless they purposely approach. But she was open about her intent - she was here to network and meet people. She was here to get her brand out and to be remembered.


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By Carol Einarsson | 09/13/2016
 



Yes, there was a race at Richmond Saturday night. And it was a defining race as drivers were either in or out of the 2016 Chase, but let's get to the worst part of the night, because it may have been a stick of dynamite that was ignited on the track, but it was a stick of dynamite already being carried around in the pocket of Ryan Newman, waiting for just the right moment.

It was one of the most shocking moments of Live TV I've ever witnessed. And while I take notes and write this column "live" as the race is broadcast, this last part has me two days removed. It's Monday and I'm still consumed with troubling thoughts about what we saw Saturday night -- what we HEARD Saturday night -- in the very upsetting words Ryan Newman chose to use. I won't transcribe it verbatim, but if you saw it, you likely watched wide-eyed, almost in horror. Did he say that? Did I hear that right?

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By Dave Clark | 06/06/2016
 
In this day of social media, the common man has greater access and opportunity to share his thoughts and opinions with the world. From a computer, phone, or tablet, a person can thrust his wisdom or mental vomit upon a wide-scale audience. Suddenly, people who know nothing but think they know something have a platform, and they are using it to its fullest capacity. In this society, we are lightning fast to point out the faults of others, while at the same time, we expect grace anytime we stumble.
 
Following the Coca Cola 600 last week, I was perusing Twitter, Facebook and the web for reactions to the race. What I found was a whole lot of hate being spread around. Hate for the race itself, the winning driver and the TV coverage. It’s the latter that I want to address here. Let me be perfectly upfront here -- I am a broadcaster. For the past 29 years I have made my living in broadcast media. Yes, I am standing up for my fellow broadcasters, because it’s HARDER THAN YOU THINK!

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By Dave Clark | 05/22/2016
 

Saturday night’s NASCAR All Star race seemed to have everything: great racing, a spectacular crash where no one was injured, and a down-to-the-wire finish.  Great, right?  Not so much.   Over-shadowing what should have been a terrific night for the drivers, the fans and NASCAR in general was the incredible confusion over the special format rules.  

Interestingly enough, I remember hearing ESPN's Bob Pockrass talking about the new format in the media center during the Kansas race.  I also remember thinking to myself, "Well, now that's confusing."  Apparently, I'm a prophet. The drivers were confused, the crew chiefs were confused, the FOX TV team was confused, and as a viewer, I was confused.  NASCAR, by its very nature, is controlled chaos at 185 miles an hour.  Add in mass confusion about the rules of engagement and what you have is a big ol’ mess. 


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By Dave Clark | 05/08/2016
 
I had the unexpected pleasure of spending a few minutes with racing’s undisputed king, Richard Petty. Because of a miscommunication, I had no idea I would actually be asking questions. I believed it was more of a photo-op. Much to my delight, the fan-favorite and seven-time champion, was amiable and an easy interview.

As we chatted, I was struck by the paradox that is NASCAR. I asked for The King's thoughts on the changes in the sport over the past 20 years.  Petty quickly replied, "You have to be aggressive, you can't go back to running the cars we had 20 years ago.” He went on about the new innovations in car design, refined electronics and the like. I followed up by asking his thoughts on the new aero package that all the drivers seem to love. Given his previous reply, I was a bit surprised by his answer. "They didn't go far enough for me. I think they should do away with all of it...that's the way I came up, I guess."

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By Carol Einarsson | 02/17/2016
 

Rumors that have been posted, speculation that I've ridden off into the sunset.. are not to be believed. Did I need time off? Yes. Did I consider the future of the site? Certainly. But one thing will remain true: I won't just disappear without at least a wordy goodbye. Don't you know me better than that?

What's new? Still looking for a new job or at least a new schedule.

But more importantly, something far more exciting is on the horizon that I'm not yet ready to announce. Hopefully, though, it will be fun for all of us!

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