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Supercross champion Eli Tomac will celebrate his 30th birthday in November. (Darren Rutmanis photo)

Mid-Year Edition…I Was Just Thinking

HARRISBURG, N.C. — The year is almost half over and I was just thinking…

• Ty Gibbs vs. Sam Mayer could turn into an interesting — and much-needed — rivalry.

• Allen Barr should be in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

• Racing is supposed to be fun.

•  Joey Logano’s long-term future is in the broadcast booth.

•  Five-hundred miles at Atlanta Motor Speedway makes for a very long afternoon.

•  Has anyone spotted the next Kyle Larson?

•  A Chevrolet has paced the Indy 500 starting field every year since 2002.

•  How does suspending crew members stop wheels from falling off of the new NASCAR Cup Series cars?

•  The second World of Outlaws points race in 1978 was run at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway … so was the third, and the fourth.

•  Speedway Motorsports’ Marcus Smith is quietly making his mark on the sport.

•  Keep an eye on Travis Kvapil’s oldest son, 19-year-old Carson Kvapil.

•  Formula 1 needs an American driver.

•  Sting Ray Robb is not a nickname.

•  Streaming video has reshaped the American motorsports landscape.

•  How many racing series does Lucas Oil sponsor?

•  Michael Andretti has apparently found a pot of gold, hence his application to the FIA to start a Formula 1 team.

•  It’s been 45 years since Janet Guthrie became the first woman to start the Indianapolis 500.

•  The Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb should be a bucket-list event for every race fan.

•  As for Formula 1’s return to Las Vegas, we’ll quote Winston Churchill: “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

•  There’s a town in northeastern Iowa named Eldora, and there’s an unincorporated community named Knoxville in eastern Ohio. Who knew?

•  Kenny Schrader recently celebrated his 67th birthday.

•  Hailie Deegan’s performance has fallen considerably short of our expectations.

•  The NASCAR Cup Series needs more short-track races.

•  Some race formats are more complicated than advanced algebra.

•  Does anyone truly understand the world of cryptocurrency?

•  We’d like to hear Harry Hyde’s thoughts on the Next Gen race car.

•  The Superstar Racing Experience opens its sophomore season June 18 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

•  Ronald Reagan was president when John Force scored his first NHRA national event victory.

•  A tip of the hat to all those who work to accurately preserve the history of our sport.

•  Jimmy Boyd’s only World of Outlaws victory came in the series’ inaugural event.

•  It would be fun to watch Ryan Preece wheel a USAC Silver Crown car at IRP.

•  There wasn’t a single green-flag pass for the lead in 400 laps of NASCAR Cup Series racing at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

•  When at the race track this summer, please wear a hat and use sunscreen.

•  Brexton Busch is assembling quite the trophy collection.

•  Good to see a quartet of New Hampshire short tracks — Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, Claremont Speedway and Hudson Speedway — actually working together.

•  Construction costs for the Bryan Clauson Suite Tower at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum have been paid in full.

•  MotoGP needs an American rider.

•  Brady Bacon should run more winged sprint car races.

•  Promoters who rely solely on social media are missing a large pool of potential ticket-buyers.

•  There were actually drivers who bitterly opposed putting roll cages on sprint cars.

•  Supercross champion Eli Tomac will celebrate his 30th birthday in November.

•  The NASCAR Cup Series dirt race should be run at a real dirt track.

•  Has the number of big-money, dirt late model races reached a saturation point?

•  Tyler Courtney and his team should step up to the WoO circuit next season.

•  Full time is the most overused phrase in auto racing.

•  Too many pit reporters simply don’t ask good questions.

•  Michael Jordan’s NASCAR team is better than his NBA team.

•  It’s time to turn off the computer and head to the races.

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