03 May 2009

Start Your Engines

  • Friday I headed up to Richmond to check out the Nationwide Race
  • think what you may, but a day at the track is quite fun/ entertaining/ interesting to say the least
  • a few years ago I got to go to a Sprint Cup Series race, and this was my first Nationwide race
  • it was nice because it was generally less rowdy than the Sprint race, far less crowded, which in turn translated into far less of a headache getting out of Richmond after the race.
  • leading up to the race, there are things to keep you occupied all day-
  • interactive displays, cars to look at, free things to collect from:
  • Combos
  • Klondike Bars
  • Hellman's Mayonnaise
  • Lipton
  • Chevy tee-shirts
  • Miracle Grow (Seriously ... who decided potting soil was cool?)
  • Tylenol
  • Prilosec ... to compliment to barbeque competition
  • posters
  • pictures
  • cups
  • lanyards
  • key chains
  • all sorts of coozies
  • every brand of chewing tobacco that exists; 
  • and you can't beat the people watching ...
  • the diversity of the crowd spans the spectrum of the socioeconomic scale 
  • there are, of course, the fair amount of country rednecks ... easily spotted for their lack of shirts, beer bellies, and beer in hand (they tend to stay in the fields tailgating throughout the day, until it is time to migrate to the track)
  • people who appear to be far more concerned with having the newest gear of their favorite driver than investing in a 401k ... most likely they are unaware of what the heck a 401k is
  • yuppie families ... seriously
  • dogs wearing NASCAR bandannas
  • ... and just lots of your run of the mill NASCAR fans.
  • the race itself was fun to watch
  • unfortunately Kyle Busch won ... but hearing (and seeing) the crowd's reaction to him when he was introduced at the beginning of the night, and after he won was refreshing.
  • It's nice to see that NASCAR fans find common ground in their hatred for Kyle.

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