Takuma Sato was already a well known icon in Japan from his years in Formula One and near victory in last year's Indy 500, when he slammed into the outside wall after making contact with winner Dario Franchitti on the final lap of the race. But his celebrity status reached new heights in his homeland after his dominating victory in last weekend's 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Sometimes no matter how a place may change over the years, the memories you have of it always seem to remain the same. This week I was able to fish Lake Amador with my son. I pretty much learned to fish on Lake Amador and have so many memories of family camping trips, fishing through the night, swimming in the lake with cousins, or just walking the bank in search of lost treasures.
With the rebirth of the New Stockton 99 Speedway now successfully entering its fifth year, promoters Tony and Carol Noceti are also taking it to the dirt in 2013 with a new three-eighths dirt oval, located inside of the horse racing track, at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
The purpose of this column is to not condemn Central Catholic High School's entire student body.
The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.
I pulled the Holy Grail of Colin Kaepernick rookie cards a year ago.
January is an interesting month for fishing.
Another Christmas has passed, and this year I got my annual fishing license as a gift from my parents. I was reminded of when I was 12 years old; it seemed like yesterday when I didn't have to worry about a fishing license. The only thing I worried about back then was getting a ride to my favorite fishing spot.
In only a few days noise makers, confetti, and kisses will usher in the New Year; marking the end of 2012 and signaling the beginning of 2013. But before the celebrations and doomed resolutions consume our lives, it's important to look back on the year that was and the events that helped shape it.
I can't say I've ever been fishing on Christmas Day, although I went out on Christmas Eve once.
I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.
I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing.
Often I overhear fishermen talking about the perfect boat; of course the brand of their boat is the best!
I received an e-mail this week asking me to remind everyone to "take a kid fishing." With all the distractions kids have today, very few have ever gone fishing. Some have fished more from their couch while playing a fishing video game, than actually fishing. Growing up there were very few things to do at home and if I stood around long enough I'd almost surely be put to work. At the time I lived around three small ponds, so when I wasn't home, I was fishing or just hanging around the shoreline of one of those ponds ...
This weekend the SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series returns to the New Stockton 99 Speedway for Johnny Brazil/Jackson Rancheria/Teamsters Night.