a drag race between Connie Kalitta and Dan Pastorini (former Houston Oilers quarterback), Texas Motorplex, April 1987 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Stock car racing . . . Down Under?
WRITL = TWIRL, SCALS = CLASS, RIHROD = HORRID, DURGET = TRUDGE — Giving us: TLLAHIRG
Clue/Question: When they told them they’d be driving clockwise, the drivers said – – -
English: National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing driver Brad Keselowski, leads the field in the No. 88 Navy Salute the Troops Chevy, at the Lowes Motor Speedway, during the CarQuest 300 stock car race, held May 24, 2008, at Concord, N.C. Keselowski finished third in the race, moving him up to fifth place in the drivers standings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Answer: ALL RIGHT
(Not bad! This is kind of the main reason why I’m not a big NASCAR fan. It’s all left turns! Of course, that is a great over-simplification of the sport, but I guess the repetitiveness of going around an oval – hundreds of times – just isn’t my cup of tea, anymore. I have the same issues with Formula racing. When it’s on an oval tack? Blah. Road racing, like through the streets of Monaco, is much more entertaining to me. When I was a teenager I did enjoy the sport more. What teenage boy isn’t enamored with powerful cars? But, I always enjoyed drag car racing more. The short track. The standing starts. Tires spinning and smoking. The front wheels sometimes coming off the ground. And, struggling to keep the car straight, to get down that 1/4 mile, to beat the competition. It’s a one on one thing. Mano a mano! It’s easier to concentrate on the participants. And, each run is over in a matter of seconds, so you get a whole lot of races. Whether it’s the Top Fuel dragsters, or the Funny Cars, there’s much more personality in the cars. They’re not all the same body, with just different paint jobs and different corporate sponsors plastered all over. Each drag car is an individual work of art.
English: Dragster at Sunset Strip Drag Racing, Koorlong, Victoria, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Did somebody say Jumble??? Oh, yeah! All the jumblings appear to be new today, although all the clue words are tried and true. The answer letter layout was . . . all right. The cartoon does a good job of conveying the sponsorship angle, without giving anybody a free plug. That’s it, kids. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR