Ron Thornton

A former radio and television broadcaster, newspaper columnist, Little League baseball coach, Ron Thornton has been following NASCAR on this site since 2004. While his focus may have changed over recent years, he continues to make periodic appearances only when he has something to say. That makes him a rather unique journalist.

The Final Word on the Daytona 500

So, what did we learn at the Daytona 500? Well, we learned that if the rest of the races this season are comparable to the first, 2011 will be one hell of a year in NASCAR.

Hot 20 over the past 10 (as we start all over again)

A new season has dawned upon us as we await to see if Jeff Gordon joins pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr at the back of the pack on Sunday for the Daytona 500.

A points system an Alabama mathematician can work out

It has been an interesting off-season in NASCAR, and I'm not just talking about the snow in Dallas. We learned things, like the best mathematicians hail from such places as Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and the Carolinas.

We should expand the Chase to include 20 drivers…really

After much consideration, I've come to the conclusion that in order to maintain the integrity of the sport and to try and keep the fly-by-night fans watching, the Sprint Cup Chase should be expanded to include 20 drivers.

The scenarios that will turn one of our 3 contenders into a champion at Homestead

When the cars come to life this Sunday, just 15 points will separate series leader Denny Hamlin from the four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.

The Final Word – With one to go, our three contenders look to lay claim to Homestead

Well, we learned that we got ourselves a real Chase for the 2010 Sprint Cup championship that should last until the final lap of next Sunday's finale in Florida.

The Final Word – They got a fistful of dollars in Texas, though Burton almost received a fistful from Gordon

Well, we learned that if you were going to have an old fashioned wild west shootout, there was no better place to decide matters.

The Final Word – Once again Talladega delivers

So, what did we learn from Talladega? Well, we learned it still provides the most exciting racing in NASCAR.

The Final Word – The Fat Lady has returned to her dressing room to watch Talladega

So, what did we learn from Martinsville? I learned I like what I saw from that short track.

The Final Word – A nice guy finished first at Charlotte, but the drive for five is very much alive for Mr. Johnson

Well, we learned that NASCAR's home track for most teams still provides us with good racing that keeps us watching.

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