Once again, Dear Readers, I wish to post my favorite Christmas story.

To borrow the title of an Elvis hit, my prospect was for a "Blue Christmas." Because of a personal situation, I faced the holiday alone in 1978.

Memories of NASCAR Awards weekends in New York come bubbling back as the stock car racing sanctioning body once again celebrates in the post-season, now at Las Vegas.

What is a "bear tale" doing on a website devoted to motorsports? The story involves three of the most colorful characters connected to NASCAR racing I've met since I started covering the sport in 1957 -- Buddy Baker, Buck Brigance and Crash Grant.