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The green canopies of the Fourth Coast Cafe jut out from the old brick building near the corner of Vine street and Westnedge avenue in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The only twenty-four hour cafe in the city and, as far as I know, in the state is a social hub for a community of college students, alumni, free thinkers, and everyone else. It's a shining beacon of warmth and caffeine in even the darkest and coldest nights. The side door might be closed in the winter, but the front door is never locked.
As I enter through the glass door, the scent of coffee mingles with the smell of the street and the smoke of a couple on the sidewalk talking about politics, philosophy, and the latest additions to their record collections. To the right of the stairway, which leads up to the Crow's Nest restaurant, is another glass door which swings into the cafe. My ears are treated to snippets of conversations ranging from chess moves to stories of drunken debauchery. To my left, a barista turns on an industrial sized coffee grinder as another presses levers on a well used espresso machine, eliciting a low hiss as espresso fills a tiny metal cup. The place smells of old art, new coffee, fresh tea, and human energy. This coffee shop is where people come to meet with old friends and new minds. This is where they come to plan, and at times even create, new works of poetry, drawings, novels, and everything else which breaths life into life. This place is the living breath of Kalamazoo.
I add a little sugar to my drink and fall in love with the dull clank of the spoon against the thick walls of the tall glass cups the cafe uses. I look around and see that my usual table, in the center of the room, is taken, so I make my way to the bar stools and take a seat there. The chairs are surprisingly comfortable for being simple wooden seats. It's clear that the cafe knows well that people come here to stay for long periods at a time.
This week, Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder is proud to welcome Carter 2 Motorsports driver Cassie Gannis (@CassieGannis ) and soon to be NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jake Griffin Racing (@JakeGriffin08) to the program.
We will also be discussing the 24 Hours of Daytona , as well as whatever other racing news jumps into the conversation.
Be sure to tune in on Thursday, January 29th at 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific for your favorite online motorsports show!
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Head Coach Stanford University
3 time Kalamazoo winner as a junior - 1992-1994
4 time NCAA team champion at Stanford - 1st time that had ever been done. 1995-1998
Overall team record while at Stanford - 104-6. 1995-1998
1st ever two time recipient of the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award (NCAA) - 1997-1998
Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award winner - 1997
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Career high rankings of #58 in singles and #40 in doubles
Semifinals of 2005 US Open in doubles
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Our guest Tuesday night is truly an icon in the world of racing. He has over 900 starts in NASCAR. A former Rookie of the Year in ASA. Over 425 Nationwide series starts. Three time most popular driver in the Nationwide series. This driver also has over 340 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In showing his versatility as a driver he has won the Super Late Model Charity Race “Prelude To The Dream” at the Eldora Speedway. Today you can find him behind the microphone working as analyst in all forms of racing or behind the wheel of his IMCA modified. It is our pleasure to have none other than the great Kenny Wallace join us. It is sure to be fun as we explore his 30 plus years in motorsports.
Rubbings Racing's Senior Sports Car Writer Matt Embury previews all the action of this weekend's 53rd edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opening event for the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
Episode 24 of Thursday Night Thunder - "Welcome to the thunder dome" with host Adam Sinclair and Mykkal Mulalley features an interview with Kelly-Moss Motorsports co-owner Jeff Stone, as well as a discussion of the PRO Winter Warm-up at Palm Beach International Raceway, and a preview of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Be sure to follow your hosts, Adam J. Sinclair (@faborplumbs) and Mykkal Mulalley (@Mykkal61) on twitter, and become a fan of the show on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDThursdayNightThunder
Adam Tate (Tribute Racing), Christopher DeHarde (Motorsport.com), Josh Farmer (Motorsport Monday), and Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing) headline In the Gravel Trap and gear up for what is sure to be a great 2015 in racing. On tonight's agenda is the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, Max Chilton messing about with an Indy Lights car, and the official announcement that 2015 will be Jeff Gordon's final full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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