Those of you who know me probably know that I spend alot - maybe too much - time writing and talking about NASCAR racing. I am one of the co-hosts of the weekly, syndicated NASCAR radio show called On Pit Row and I'm editor of I am very proud of both and feel lucky to be involved.


Next weekend (August 13-15, 2010) NASCAR's top 2 racing series come to our Metro Toledo neighborhood and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn Michigan. The big story of the weekend is that Danica Patrick (pictured) will drive in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race this Saturday for the first time at MIS. Danica's a big deal. If you're a NASCAR fan, you already knew that. If you are not a fan, you probably couldn't care less.


But here's a couple things that you may not know. The On Pit Row radio show is broadcast live from the Original Gino's Pizza and Grill on Alexis Rd. The owners of Metro Toledo's Original Gino's Pizza restaurants have opened a destination place in the Devils Lake area. It's called Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill. Click here for a map. That's part one.


Part two has to do with NASCAR and On Pit Row and a guy named Monte Dutton. Monte Dutton is a NASCAR legend. He doesn't drive race cars but he writes about them. Really well. He writes so well about them that he is sought out by legions of readers, and by NASCAR talk show hosts who find him to be smart and entertaining. He is both for sure.


Monte Dutton also sings and plays the guitar. His musical gigs happen mostly in the vicinity of NASCAR races and they have become pretty legendary too. I don't think he's ever played in the Metro Toledo vicinity. Yet.


I am geeked about this. Through On Pit Row, we were able to hook Monte up with Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill. Next Friday and Saturday (August 13-14) Monte Dutton will perform at Captain Chuck's. It's a very short drive from Michigan Speedway. Who knows who might show up. I know I will though.


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