Watch Out For Oil In Turn 4

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.


His grandfather was called the “King” of the sport.

He spent his youth racing cars in western North Carolina. He was expected to win. And he did; becoming the youngest driver to win the National Championship.

Everyone kept telling him he should retire. He was getting too old and his reflexes were slowing down. He wanted one more win. He would win the championship if he won this last race.

On the last lap over his headset he heard his crew chief say “Watch out for oil in turn four.” They were the last words he would ever hear.


27 thoughts on “Watch Out For Oil In Turn 4

    • Danny James December 4, 2018 / 5:58 am

      Odds are against him. Thanks for commenting.


  1. JoHawkTheWriter November 30, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I was just watching a program with a Formula 1 test driver who was 72 years young and still tearing up the track. I understand the reluctance to quit. Great story.

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  2. jillyfunnell November 30, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    I can imagine it’s very hard to give up if you are an adrenalin type – and I do love people who don’t give up, just keep going. Great take.

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  3. Violet Lentz November 30, 2018 / 6:47 am

    I’m with the majority here, at least he was doing what he loved.. We should all be so lucky. Excellent write.

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  4. 4963andypop November 30, 2018 / 5:47 am

    The fact he heard the warning makes me wonder if her heard it in time. Did he see it as opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory, so to speak?

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  5. rochellewisoff November 29, 2018 / 6:01 am

    Dear Danny,

    This sounds like a man who didn’t want to rust out. He died doing what he loved. Not everyone has that privilege. Well done.



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  6. Abhijit Ray November 29, 2018 / 2:15 am

    It seems his reflexes slowed with age.

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  7. Magaly Guerrero November 28, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Maybe the knowledge that he had given it his all, and that he would be remembered for it, brightened his way towards the real last race…

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  8. Iain Kelly November 28, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    I imagine it’s like a drug, that rush, and hard to give up, or admit that you can no longer do it.

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