A Nice Race Story and a Nice Review of a Racing Novel

(Getty Images photo for NASCAR)

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

By Monte Dutton

Lots of times, when I’m watching a NASCAR race on television, I think of the early scenes of Days of Thunder, when Harry Hogge is back in North Carolina, on his tractor, while the Daytona 500 is taking place.

I’m not sure what occupied Harry with his tractor in mid-February, but that’s Hollywood, I reckon.

A friend visited on Sunday, and the main difference was that I didn’t tweet as much as usual about the race. We wasted most of our witticisms one on one.

(Getty Images for NASCAR)

I was pleased Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s upset victory. For all the stages and bonus points and Chase (oops, playoff) bonus points and encumbered finishes, the season has fallen predictably. Until Sunday, no one won who wasn’t expected to win at least sometime if not in the race in which he did so.

No one expected Stenhouse to win, this in spite of his starting on the pole. No one will expect Stenhouse to win next week. They will treat a plate victory as an anomaly until Stenhouse and Jack Roush provide more evidence to the contrary.

Now that Stenhouse has won, he has stepped out of his girlfriend Danica Patrick’s shadow. The world will notice at last what I already knew. Stenhouse is friendly, quotable, humble, a good guy.

(Cover design by Steven Novak)

Meanwhile, what made my day was a customer review of Lightning in a Bottle, my novel about stock car racing. So far, the readers seem to like it. The reader who checked in on the Amazon page Sunday saw the novel just as I wrote it. He got what I was trying to say. Here’s the review.

So get ‘em while they’re hot. In a Kindle, or your phone, or your other electronic device, the words will be safely encased and safe to touch. In print, too, the words will only sizzle in your mind.

Or that’s the plan.

(Steven Novak design)

If you’d like me to mail you a signed copy of Lightning in a Bottle, or any of my other novels, you can find my address and instructions at montedutton.com. (montedutton.com/blog/merchandise)

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)
(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

I’ve written six novels and a collection of short stories. I’ve also written a number of books about sports, mostly about NASCAR. You can find most of them here.

The Kindle versions of my books, where available, can be found above. Links below are to print editions.

Lightning in a Bottle is the story of Barrie Jarman, the hope of stock car racing’s future. Barrie, a 18-year-old from Spartanburg, South Carolina, is both typical of his generation and a throwback to the sport’s glory days.

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

Cowboys Come Home is a modern western. Two World War II heroes come home from the Pacific to Texas.

I’ve written a crime novel about the corrosive effects of patronage and the rise and fall of a powerful politician and his dysfunctional family, Forgive Us Our Trespasses.

I’ve written about what happens to a football coach when he loses everything, Crazy of Natural Causes. It’s a fable of life’s absurdity.

(Melanie Ryon cover design)
(Melanie Ryon cover design)

I’ve written a tale of the Sixties in the South, centered on school integration and a high school football team, The Intangibles.

(Joe Font cover design)
(Joe Font cover design)

I’ve written a rollicking yarn about the feds trying to track down and manipulate a national hero who just happens to be a pot-smoking songwriter, The Audacity of Dope.

I’ve written a collection of 11 short stories, all derived from songs I wrote, Longer Songs.

Signed copies of Lightning in a Bottle are on sale at Emma Jane’s (see ad above). Signed copies of all my fiction are also on sale at L&L Office Supply in uptown Clinton, South Carolina.

(Cover photo by Crystal Lynn)
(Cover photo by Crystal Lynn)

Follow me on Twitter @montedutton, @hmdutton (about writing), and/or @wastedpilgrim (more opinionated and irreverent). I’m on Facebook (Monte.Dutton), Instagram (TUG50), and Google-Plus (MonteDuttonWriter).




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