It’s Wednesday. This means it is one day closer to Day o’ Racing. Once again this is the one of few days of racing that I looked forward to every year. I mean what more could this race fan or any race ask for. First up you have the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Then you have the Coca Cola 600 in the evening. THe Coca Cola 600 can test any seasoned NASCAR driver. It is 600 miles (0r 400 laps) of up on the wheel, door to door (ok may be not) racing. Sometimes it’s not about track position, a good car, or something else. It’s sometimes about survival. Can teams keep their cars running for that long of a period of time? 600 miles…That’s almost a round trip from my house to TMS and back. It’s 333 miles one-way to TMS from my house. Of course it takes me a little bit longer for that trip than the boys will take on Sunday. Makes me tired just thinking about it.
I hope all my friends and family will understand if I don’t want to leave the household on Sunday. Heck, they can have me on Saturday and even Monday, but sorry folks I will be busy on Sunday. I did have people over last year for a Sundy BBQ, however, racing was on and that was the way it was going to be.
To remind my friends, family and even that occassionally coworker who still doesn’t get it (in reference to NASCAR and for this weekend only also the INDY 500….here is my disclaimer…as posted on February 7, 2008
Attention to all of my family, friends, co-workers, and complete strangers, NASCAR season is upon us. I will NOT be available for family functions, outings, or get-togethers on Sundays. If there is an event on said Sunday, you will have to understand they must be held prior to the start of the race or after the race. If you must schedule things during the race be aware I may not attend your function or request that I have access to a television set. This also applies to races that are held occasionally on Saturday nights. If you wish to spend time with me, you must understand the topic of conversation will be predominately about the upcoming race, the previous Sunday’s race, Tony Stewart, or anything in general about NASCAR. This is the time of the year all projects are put aside unless they involve a NASCAR related event. Please don’t be offended if I ignore you on Sundays or the occasional Saturday…it’s nothing personal…IT’S NASCAR!!!
So please don’t take it personally when I turn down your invite to the Sunday afternoon BBQ, get together, etc or make me feel guilty about spending time with you. I have let you know what Sunday, May 25 is for the last couple of weeks so you have had plenty of notice.
In other news…
Humpy Wheeler is planning to annouce his retirment as president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway. It has been reported Marcus G. Smith, son of track owner and Speedway Motorsports INce chairman O. Bruton Smth, will take succeed Humpy. Under Humpy, Lowe’s Motor Speedway expanded to 167,000 seats and became the first modern facility to install lights for night racing. THe first night race at a superspeedway was in 1992. I have to say, in this race fan’s opinion, Humpy sure does know how to put on a show for the fans. Even though Humpy may be heading into retirement, I am sure he will be around as he always has.
Juan Pablo Montoya has a new crew chief…again. Will third time be a charm?
Three engine failures for JGR this past weekend. That’s quite a bit of money wasted or invested depending on your point of view. I am glad they chose the All-Star race to “experiement” instead of a points race. But this does bring up a very interesting point I have heard grumbling in the background of the All-Star wrap ups. What is the value of the All-Star race to some teams? I know teams are still trying to understand how the COT works and perhaps this may have been the reason some teams chose to experiment a little bit more than in year’s past. Could this be the reason the All-Star race was as competitive in year’s past? I don’t know. I guess this is just theorizing on the ever changing environment in NASCAR.