My last post here in “The Park” was back on April 4. Quite a bit has happened since that time. This has been the longest I have gone without posting something on the blog. For those who have caught me on Facebook, you know that I lost my father in a car accident on April 18. It was very sudden and I am still dealing with his passing. I wrote about my father in a post back on August 7, 2010. During the days after his death, I will admit I did not want to watch any kind of sports including NASCAR. It was too painful for me. But as I looked back on that post, I remembered how much sports was a significant part of who I was. It helped me to close to my father even though he was no longer alive.
I have started three different posts since that day, but did not have the strength to put my thoughts down. Every time I tried, I found myself in tears so I just stepped away from the computer and well, pretty much let the grass and the weeds grow around “The Park”. But I am here to tell I am back. I am going to make a concerted effort to get back in the groove of posting my thoughts on NASCAR.
Lately I have been doing some research on my favorite sport. I have purchased a couple of books on the history of NASCAR. I purchased the book “Real NASCAR: White Lightening, Red Clay and Big Bill” by Daniel S. Pierce. I am currently in the process of reading this book. So far I have enjoyed the book. I will probably post more on the book later. I bought the book “Driving with The Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels and the Birth of NASCAR” by Neal Thompson last year. I started reading it, but like I have been doing lately, put it down and forget to come back to it. I have to basically start it again. I don’t mind though. Why am I so interested in the history of the sport? Well, I don’t want to go into much detail yet, but let’s just say I am working on something that I have been wanting to do for the last year or so. Once I get a more concrete view of things I will most definitely share things. Either way I believe it is going to be an interesting journey for me.
Well, the boys are at Kentucky this weekend. This will mark the first time the Nationwide & Cup teams will race at the track. This date has been a long time coming for the speedway. I won’t go into too many details because frankly I don’t want to rehash things, but let’s just say, in my opinion, it was an ugly. And when you get lawyers and the courts involved, I just tend to tune things out. Any way, the boys are now racing at Kentucky. The qualifying for the Cup boys was rained and the starting grid was set by the speeds in the first practice session. This was the first weekend NASCAR used the new rain out rules. I was disappointed Michael Waltrip would not be able to race tomorrow night. He was running a special paint scheme paying tribute to his brother NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2012 member, Darrell Waltrip. It’s just not fair, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans.
Well…that’s about it for now. I am hoping Tony can grab a victory tomorrow night. If any driver who needs a victory it’s Tony. He is currently sitting in the 12th position and well, he doesn’t have a win this season. I don’t want my driver out of the Chase. Go Tony!!!