- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Evidently our reputation precedes us. In black marker on the Washington Times’ placard in the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway was “Sir Scribble.”

Scrib is guessing the culprit was longtime NASCAR bard Al Pearce, the Hall of Fame reporter who spent most of his career at the (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press and now writes for Autoweek. Covering his 39th consecutive Daytona 500, Al claims his first-ever question to Richard Petty was, “why you getting in through the window?”

Speaking of the king, the track was “dark” yesterday except for those who forked over some serious cash to hit the track as part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience following a quick orientation and a quick question: do you have experience driving a stick shift?

The knee-jerk reaction after the Sir Scribble’s first trip to the track is why the dateline Daytona Beach? Unless they count the man-made lake down the backstretch, it’s about five miles from the water.

The only news yesterday was that Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch were put on six weeks’ probation for their on-track incident last week. One NASCAR spokesperson said it was only for the on-track rubbing; another said it was because of the on- and off-track confrontations. Sir Scribble finds it refreshing that NFL teams aren’t alone in failing to get their stories straight.

For a small town, the quarters for the week in Ormond Beach are acceptable save for no wireless/high speed internet in the room. From the second-floor room, Sir Scribble can throw a rock into the Atlantic Ocean.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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