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 – The day Clint broke some hearts and Rusty made us laugh

So, what did we learn at Atlanta? Well, we learned that Clint Bowyer doesn't fight fair.

Hot 20 over the past 10 – Some appear set to Chase for a title, others for a possible run in 2011

Kyle Busch may have swept Bristol last weekend, but the firm of Harvick, Stewart, and Gordon remain the trio with the hot hand as the Chase begins in less than a month.

The Final Word – Bristol king Busch may be Rowdy to us, but(t) he’s something different to Keselowski

So, what did we learn at Bristol? Well, we learned that sometimes it is a place where, using the term coined by Brad Keselowski, a-holes always win.

The Hot 20 over the past 10 – While Harvick and Stewart are on the rise, the sun is setting on Martin

Kevin Harvick won at Michigan, locked his place in the Chase, and has moved to within 20 bonus points of Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin when they reset things next month.

Harvick happy to have been at Michigan, the Hendrick boys just glad to have left

So, what did we learn at Michigan? Well, we learned why Kevin Harvick is so darned happy.

Hot 20 over the past 10 – Kahne, Reutimann, and McMurray have the heat, but do they have the time?

Four races to go before we lock in our Chase contenders, and ten look good to stay there after Michigan. It is not as clear for both Greg Biffle and Mark Martin who remain on shaky ground. Biffle's record over the past ten events is only 17th best, not good for one seeking some distance.

The Final Word – Juan Pablo, like Robin Hood, went riding through the Glen

We learned that this was a movie with two starring roles and four co-stars. Juan Pablo Montoya was Robin Hood, Marcos Ambrose the Sheriff of Nottingham, while Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Carl Edwards, and Jamie McMurray were the Merry Men.

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