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By Carol Einarsson | 10/29/2016
Category: Various Other Articles

When I was 30 years old, I had a paper route. It was something I could do and take my beloved assistant with me, and as a single, home-schooling mom, that was my priority. I was thankful for the job because I've always known God would provide. He doesn't typically drop a check in the mail, but He has been faithful to always provide suitable jobs for me where I could take Colby with me. It's for that reason that I have, historically, had a very difficult time leaving any job. It always seemed to me that to quit something was to say to God, "Thanks, but what You've provided isn't good enough..." 

Over the years in that season of my life, my jobs always overlapped. I usually maintained three or four part-time jobs, and they'd come and go, but I always had a new one before I lost an old one. God knew my tendency to hold on when He wanted me to let go, and He was apparently willing to work with me. But there was one time He insisted that I trust Him, and that's when it was time to let go of the paper route.

Living in an apartment at the time, our route was our complex of about two dozen buildings, an adjacent complex, and some condos down the street. Most of it was walking. It was hot in the summer, and cold and miserable in the winter. And that's when it finally got to be too much. 

My asthma had been acting up, as is typical when I'm out in cold weather. And this particular winter, a cold turned ugly, stirred up the asthma, and before I knew it, I had pneumonia. I kept working, walking my route, and coughing up lung junk along the way, as needed. But finally, I had to give in. I called my boss and told him I needed some time off. He agreed to cover my route for me until I was better, expecting that it would be but a couple of days. But despite the heavy doses of medication I was on, I couldn't shake the pneumonia. A week turned into two, and I wasn't getting better. I knew I had to give a month's notice to get out of my contract, but I couldn't just quit my job! 

One day, finally, my boss was tired of his new responsibility delivering my papers, and he called to ask how I was and if I thought it might be time to give the route away. Hesitantly, I agreed. He was willing to let me out of my contract, and I'd be relieved of the burden. I hung up the phone and went back to bed. Still sick, I didn't know when I'd ever again be well enough to work. 

The next day I woke up and I was better. Not just a little bit. I was BETTER. Overnight, I went from about 40% to a firm 90% healthy. Over the next 36 hours, I found myself improving by the minute, and that next afternoon, I was healthy. It was as if I hadn't been sick at all. No lingering cough, no asthma. It was a God thing. He wanted me to quit that paper route, but in my fear, I couldn't let it go. He hinted, and I didn't hear. Finally, He made a way that I'd have to let go, and only then did I regain my health. 

As you've all surely noticed, I've been waning in my interest and dedication to NASCAR. It's been coming for a long while, but I've been hesitant to give it up. Maybe it's an obligation to you who have been reading for what I know are decades. The faithful readers who've been such a blessing to me, following from Insider Racing News to That's Racin', and finally to this site. I cherish you, and I enjoy writing for you. But while in Kansas this month, it became abundantly clear to me that I'm done. 

Life has changed as the seasons do, and priorities get rearranged. I have two precious grandchildren, a man in my life that I love madly, an aging mother, and of course, my faithful assistant. It's a full plate, but one I want to savor. I simply don't have the time for the frivolity of NASCAR, especially as the crowds and viewership diminish. I don't want to watch the end of it, so this seems the right time to step away. 

There are some that I must first thank. Please know that NONE of this would have ever happened without Ron and Connie Felix. It was Connie that first asked if I'd continue writing my weekly recaps after the doors at Prodigy were closing. I joined Ron at his website and that was the beginning. I cannot thank them enough. They are dear friends that I love and hope to meet one day. 

Great thanks to JAYSKI! Without him, you'd likely never have seen my writing at all. What he does for writers of small and large sites alike cannot be overstated. I hope he knows how appreciated he is. Maybe email him sometime and just say THANKS for all he does!

And Bill.. but which one?  Both! 

The first Bill had the life raft mostly built already when the ship crashed at That's Racin'. After that, Bill 2.0 stepped in with his company and designed a pro site with all the bells and whistles. Both Bills have been dear friends to me over the years, and I am so very grateful for their generosity and creativity! If you need a website, by the way, please contact Distinctive Technology Consulting. You'll find a link at the bottom of our page. 

Finally, dear Colby, the best assistant I could have ever asked for! His knowledge of the sport and his memory for details were far more integral to my writing than I think anyone ever realized. He was my reference book, my proof-reader, my fact-checker, my external hard drive memory, and more. When drivers would change rides, and my memory was holding on to old associations, attributing some action to one driver, Colby was there to correct me and tell me who was REALLY in the car. Some days my brain still tells me Bobby Labonte is in the green 18, Ernie Irvan in the Kodak car, Mark Martin in that #6 Valvoline... etc. And besides his tremendous help, he was forever patient, allowing me the time to write. 

I am thankful to so many in the sport that helped give an amazing childhood to a little boy who loved fast cars and NASCAR, from Steve Byrnes to Elliott Sadler; Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Kyle Petty, Bootie Barker, Carl Edwards, Rutledge Wood... so many people who were kind to us at the track and took time to spend with Colby. As a parent, there's not much better feeling than when someone is kind to your child. 

It's been a great 20 years writing for you. I don't have the words to thank you for all this has meant to me. I wish you all the best, and may God bless each of you richly, wherever life takes you. Thanks for everything!

(The site will stay "live" and the forum will still be available if you'd like to use it. -C)



a different Bill
10/29/2016 3:14 am (1)
I knew this day was coming and I've been dreading it. It's been a GREAT run and I'll miss it dearly.

Good luck to you in whatever your future holds. Hopefully that's more writing on a different topic.
10/29/2016 9:10 am (2)
God bless Carol - more than a thank you is required, times change as we all do. Your site was a breath of fresh air amid the junk out there, you will be missed.
10/29/2016 10:58 am (3)
It sounds like you are coming into a wonderful time in your life. We will miss you and your writing but appreciate all you have done.

Many of us are cutting back on our obsession with NASCAR and getting on with our lives. Life is change and looking to the future is good.

10/29/2016 1:08 pm (4)
Just saying Thank You seems wholly inadequate. Sharing your perspective on NASCAR has allowed each of us to enjoy it on a unique level. Discussing it with our online friends in an articulate and respectful environment away from the Internet Trolls and haters has been a true blessing.

On a personal note, acting as my writing mentor and permitting me to contribute some of my thoughts as stand-alone articles was a great thrill and tremendous opportunity for which I can never thank you enough.

I wish you only the very best in all your endeavors. You will be missed by all of us who frequent RJO.
10/29/2016 1:12 pm (5)
Carol, I've been a fan of yours for many, many years and you have no idea how much enjoyment you've provided to me. You were truly a blessing for a great many of us.

I'm sorry to see you go, but only because I'll miss you and your Cheers & Jeers columns. I know your future holds great things for you and your family - God always gives us His best when we follow His lead. God bless you for all you've contributed and especially for listening to Him - His timing is perfect!
10/29/2016 1:33 pm (6)
All things have their time.

Thank you for all the columns over the years, I have enjoyed reading every one of them.

And thank you for bringing the site back long enough for all of us to say goodbye.

Salt Shaker
10/29/2016 3:30 pm (7)
gonna miss you
10/30/2016 6:16 pm (8)
Carol, Although I have not been a contributor, I have followed all of your comments for many, many, many years! You will truly be missed. Thank you for the time and attention to each and every article you have created over the years. Your devotion to your family and to God have been something you can be very proud of. Thank you for your thoughts and dedication to this site. You will be missed, but best wishes to you, always!

Larry - Pittsboro, IN
Bill B
10/30/2016 7:42 pm (9)
Yes it is time isn't it Carol? I thought you were done a couple of years ago but you hung in there. So I am not surprised by this announcement. I think many of us are in the same place where NASCAR is concerned. When it starts to be a chore it is time to leave.

All good things must pass. Thanks for all you did and I wish you all the best in the future. It's been fun reading your thoughts and debating issues with you and others.

Thanks again!
10/31/2016 1:54 am (10)
wait... you mean I now have to watch the races instead of just reading your column each week... I don't have time for that.

but seriously.. I can never thank you for for all the writings over the years... gonna miss the chuckles I got each and every week reading your thoughts..

be well
10/31/2016 4:54 pm (11)
Thanks for the site Carol :)
10/31/2016 5:25 pm (12)
Thank you for around 20 yrs. of reading your columns. I know how hard it is to give up doing the thing you love,but the time comes when you must.Been there. I will miss you..............
Mallards Motorsports
10/31/2016 6:57 pm (13)
Judging by the declining TV ratings and half-empty stands, you appear to be in good company. Sad but not too surprising to see this day come. Thank you for your columns these many years - Tuesdays won't be the same.

Whoa wait....Mark Martin no longer drives the 6 car?...maybe it is time to hang it up...
11/02/2016 4:20 am (14)
Awwwwe dammit....


THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. I did not always agree with you, but it was exciting, and I looked forward to your input. God Bless.

Side note you shared some things privately in email, and I thought of you last night (Halloween), looking at the "twitter feeds" of NASCAR drivers and their WIVES in Halloween costumes. You shared with me something I agree with 1000%, and for that I am grateful, and when I see another "pay attention to me" Twitter feed or social media outreach....I will forever smile in your honor!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, I get it..sadly NASCAR does not get it. Again, God Bless.
11/02/2016 9:08 pm (15)
I was very afraid that this would happen and time does change everything. As we wind our way along the path of life things always change sometimes for the better and also for the worst. A heartfelt thanks Carol for devoting so much time and energy to your craft. You made a lot of us happy. Your views on NASCAR were priceless even if some of us didn't agree. I am afraid that you are right about the slide in NASCAR, and I don't know who will right the ship. I don't think any of the current administration cares to disagree with Brian and make the huge changes the sport really needs. Let me take a minute to say thanks for your other writing especially Conrad Kitty. It touched me deeply because it is tough to lose something that is with you through thick or thin. May you have the life that you seek and with your faith and trust you should be first in line. Thank you for you patience for all of us and bless you and I know that I will miss your writing. May you find what you seek and again, thanks for your many stories you put on paper for all to enjoy.
11/03/2016 4:10 pm (16)
You will be missed. I have read your site for many of years and agreed with a lot of your thoughts.

We also, shared a birthday. So when we liked the same drivers and had the same thoughts on situations. I wondered if it was a birth things.

Good luck in the future.
Greg in Dallas
11/04/2016 1:03 pm (17)
God bless you Carol. You will be missed. As your logs probably show, I've not been at all regular to the site like I used to be. I too have had a waning interest in NASCAR, so I understand that you certainly have better things to do. I hope you find nothing but much happiness!
11/07/2016 6:12 am (18)
5 1/2 hours to dry the track,time for rain tires.Carol, your unique perspective will be missed by all. All the best to you.
Pamm in MI
11/08/2016 10:03 am (19)
Carol, I knew this day would come. My interest in Nascar has also lessened. I have been reading your columns for years & you will be missed. Thank you for sharing your insight with your fans. God bless.
11/20/2016 2:30 pm (20)
A last goodbye, Carol, for the last weeks of
this season, your reporting would have been
a blessing, and my last JEER
Who hired the dingdong to sing our anthem at
homestead? End the season with a piece of vocal trash.
God bless, take care.
11/20/2016 2:47 pm (21)
Thank you Carol!

You've given me opportunities and friendship that I have cherished.

Because of you, I had reason to go to Phoenix when I asked my now wife to first be my girlfriend.

Because of you, I almost got run over by Juan Pablo.

Because of you and this site, I got to chase one of my lifelong dreams. I can never repay you for that, and will forever cherish the memories that I have of my time in the media center.

Thank you Carol and RJO.

Thank you.

-Eddie Laub
11/25/2016 10:22 am (22)
Sealevel; YOU are so right. As Caarol alway says(they think i'ts all about them)

Carol, you are missed so much!!

12/30/2016 3:21 pm (23)
Merry Christmas and happy new year everyone, here we go without Carol, sad, full on will miss this site.
01/09/2017 4:44 pm (24)
Throw another one out there - all tracks, go below the line and advance, its a stop and go,
stay on the track thats marked, yeah right, no wrecks and no tv replays, no money, typical.
03/12/2017 2:42 pm (25)
Maybe once a month?
You are missed beyond what you think.
06/29/2017 10:46 pm (26)
Thanks, sealevel. Very kind words. :-)

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