Kendra's News and Views
are racefans all over the country doing the same thing I am at this very
moment: waiting for race results. The funny thing is, we could all go to
bed and the race results would be there in the morning waiting for us. But
there is something about getting them instantly. Believing, deep down, that
the checkered must have just dropped. For me, it's the closest thing to
being there. Whether it be reading the results on the computer or hearing
them over the phone, there is the feeling that knowledge is power. And the
only better way of gaining that knowledge was to be there. And trust me,
if I was there, I would not be writing this.
*The All-Star Circuit of Champions have
made a few additions to their 2001 schedule. The announcement of the 1200
lb. Nationals has taken the racing world by storm. Looking to become one
of the most anticipated events of the season, the 1200 lb. Nationals will
fulfill a racefan's dream of four incredible weeks of winged sprint car
action. It surprises me however, that no one has mentioned the All-Star
finale at East Bay Raceway during the first week of November. Paying $25,000-to-win
the event should see a high car count as well as a packed grandstand.
*Racefans continue to fear the sale of
the World of Outlaws. While stories continue to contradict this racing "rumor,"
fans are beginning to ponder the future of their beloved sport. Apparently
a long list of individuals are reporting their interest in the series, including
Vince McMahan, famed owner of the WWF and Bruton Smith, president of Speedway
Motorsports, Inc. However, World of Outlaws employees insist that Ted Johnson
has no intention of selling.
*Just received news that Dale Blaney has
won the first 410 winged sprint car race of 2001! Lance Dewease finished
in second, followed by Ronald Laney, James Chesson and Jeff Shepard. Fast-qualifier,
Danny Lasoski, was not able to repeat last year's performance as he was
involved in an accident within the first few laps of the A-Main.
this column is proving to be quite difficult for me. Approximately two weeks
from now will be one year from when I wrote my last episode of "News and
Views." That is not an anniversary that I am happy to celebrate. I am, like
many of you probably are, very disappointed with myself. There have been
many times that I've sat in front of this computer and tried to write something.
Anything. But I couldn't. I told myself that I shouldn't write during my
internship. Then, I convinced myself that I had conformed to writing in
"press release" style and that I wouldn't be able to return as a "columnist."
As college resumed, I was still sitting
in front of the computer, only then I was writing strictly term papers and
essays. After all of that research and "big-word" writing, the last thing
I wanted to do was write for another hour or so. Alas, I have no excuse
to hold onto any longer. My internship ended in October of last year. I
have not written a press release in four months, although I actually miss
them. And, as of December 13, 2000 I have finished my 17-year career as
a student. I will no longer sit at this desk and compose lengthy papers
concerning the true meaning behind Jack Kerouac's novel, On The Road.
The last year was, what I now believe,
the most important year of my life. In one of my last columns, I reflected
that making plans was like carving a picture in the sand. The picture may
hold the attention of many for a moment, but soon the ocean, completely
beyond our control, distorts the image and slowly swallows it until the
image is no longer there at all. My plans for the year hold very true to
that analogy. Through all of the twists and turns, the surprises and the
obstacles I the plans that I had made slowly disappeared as life continued
to teach me valuable lessons.
What now lies before me is a challenge
that I'm truly not sure I am ready for. I must go back to the beginning.
To that fateful day in December of 1999 that unbeknownst to me, was just
the beginning. It was an interesting race season. A season that has too
many stories, too many lessons, and too many opinions to post in one article.
So, think what you will of this column. I would describe it as more of an
"Epilogue." Merely a re-introduction-to racing, to writing, and to my readers.
Hello.I've missed you. KJ
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