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Oklahoma!

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I apologize for the lack of updates. This past week has been an all-hands-on-deck effort to wrap up a bunch of writing and projects so I could head to Oklahoma for a long weekend.

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PFC Wintergreen Would Approve

A new algorithm has ranked the world’s most notable English-language authors using a unique cocktail of criteria.

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And It Finished The Race Looking Just As Good

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Something I realized in a conversation yesterday: MSR Houston is, like, totally cursed for me. I’ve run four races there and never finished higher than 31st. In fact, this was the first time that my team du jour even managed to see the checkered flag. Put it another way: my average finishing position in professional races is much, much, much better than my average finishing spot at MSR Houston LeMons races.

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The Critics Respond, Flavor Flav Edition

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Public Enemy’s comic half never cared much for the New York Post, but I have no complaints.

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Let’s Go Racing

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Last years Gator-O-Rama at MSR Houston was nearly a total disaster, redeemed only by the fact that my brother had a brilliant racing debut in a terrible car.
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Not Another Article About A Viper!

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In the wake of PCOTY, I wrote two additional advocacy pieces concerning the cars that didn’t win.

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And The Winner Is…

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…the Viper, right? Has to be the Viper. Please, please, let it be the Viper. Well, you’ll have to read the article. For some reason, the byline on it is “Road and Track Staff”, but I assure you it was written by me.

PCOTY Announced Today

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Road&Track is announcing the winner of the 2015 Performance Car Of The Year competition later today. In the meantime, you can check out the preview.

This brilliant shot by Matt Tierney captures the joy I felt every single minute in the Viper. No, that’s not Larry Webster in the passenger seat; that’s a member of our test crew borrowing Larry’s old helmet.

What A Difference A Year Makes

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But how many more times can I do something like this because it’s time to just settle down and be my son’s father? How many more fast cars, vibrant nights, lipstick-smeared pillowcases, four-figure hotel bills, cross-country weekends, new adventures can there possibly be… But if it stopped tomorrow — if I went to bed as myself and woke up as every other suburban dad — I’d look back at this weekend as a true and proper high point. Nobody should have this much fun at the age of forty-two.

That’s what I said. When they make the movie about my life, they’ll leave this out, because it would seem fiction-ish, too dramatically-foreshadowing, for the audience to swallow.

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‘Cause You Ain’t No Aeroback Girl

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It keeps coming up for auction. What’s the matter with this Cutlass?

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