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Petaluma, Calistoga open stock car racing seasons Saturday

By TED SILLANPAA ted.sillanpaa@pressdemocrat.com Twitter @tedsillanpa There was a time when this would’ve been one of the biggest weekends of the spring. Before the ESPN, the Internet and video games … most towns in Northern California treated the opening of the local stock car racing season like sports fans treated baseball’s opening day. My pals and I would flock to the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka. We paid no attention to any national or international race event, save the Indianapolis… Read More »

Hey…Danica, Rousey would mean more to women if they weren’t hot

By TED SILLANPAA on Twitter @TedSillanpa  Raising a daughter has me paying a great deal more attention to women’s changing role in society than I would’ve paid 20, 25 years ago. So, on Sunday afternoon I was ready to pronounce it the biggest weekend for women in sports ever. I’m glad I held off and gave it some thought. Danica Patrick finished in the top 10 at the Daytona 500 and proved, most certainly, that women can succeed in NASCAR.… Read More »