Modernizing Tradition? Huh?
Tuesday September 6 2016, 7:26 PM

Modernizing Tradition?  Huh?

Legendtorial for September 6, 2016

Tim LeemingThere was a special on television (one of many actually) this past week, all about Darlington, The Southern 500, and Labor Day weekend.  The one-hour special narrated by Darius Rucker I recorded so I could go back and watch the scenes from the old races many times.  You see, I have this special attachment to Darlington and have had that attachment since the first time we rolled into that track for the 1957 Rebel 300, the first Convertible Race there.  Mike Helton appeared on-screen, apparently from 2004 when they were moving the Southern 500 from Darlington on Labor Day and made the observation that NASCAR realized they had to "modernize tradition".  As I sat in my recliner thinking that was one of the dumbest statements ever uttered by a non-politician, Tom Higgins was shown giving his opinion which was basically "how the hell do you modernize tradition?"  Boy, he hit the nail on the head with that statement.  I would ask the same question on the boys at the beach, but I don't have the influence of Tom Higgins.

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