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 – Smoke wins, others just smoked, while Junior even led (briefly) in California

We learned that with the palm trees lining the track and the mountains in the background, it can be a picturesque place to watch a race.

Hot 20 over the past 10 – It’s been three months since Carl has had a bad finish

June 27th. It was the first race in New Hampshire and Carl Edwards finished 25th.

The Final Word – The day the dream machine became Kyle’s nightmare

So, what did we learn from Kansas? Well, we learned that Kyle Busch and David Reutimann won't be exchanging hugs anytime soon.

Hot 20 over the past 10 – Carl and Kyle are the ones to watch heading to Kansas

If consistency indeed trumps victories, then Carl Edwards would be the poster child for that concept.

The Last Word – Jimmie runs off with a win, Denny runs off with his mouth

So, what did we learn at Dover? Well, we learned that Jimmie Johnson had the best car. He led the most laps.

The Hot 20 over the past 10 – Carl leads the way, but somebody just took Clint’s ruby red slippers

Those who are on top are not hot. Well, Denny Hamlin has not been. In fact, he has been downright frigid, at least until the last couple of weeks.

The Final Word – Loudon came down to one question, ‘Got Gas’?

So, what did we learn at Loudon? Well, we learned that with no gas, you don't go.

Hot 20 over the past 10 try to become the hot one over the last 10

26 races down and now the Chase begins. With the points for those in the top dozen reset, it essentially comes down to who will get hot over these last ten events and claim the season crown.

The Final Word – Is the Richmond race over yet?

So, what did we learn at Richmond? Well, we learned that it isn't exactly a track conducive to providing riveting televised sports excitement.

Hot 20 over the past 10 – RCR has 3 of the best heading to Richmond

With just one more race to go before the Chase begins, four teams are featured among our hottest half dozen.

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