For those of you who know me on a personal level, you know 2011 was a very tough year for me. I lost my father in April 2011 and then I lost my mother to leukemia on Christmas Eve 2011. She was diagnosed on December 19 and by Christmas Eve she had lost her battle with to this vicious monster. She fought this monster with everything she had, but in the it just wouldn’t let go. I miss both my parents every day. I love you guys! This was the one reason I lost sight of myself and The Park. But I am back with some renewed sense of purpose and maybe, just maybe, getting back into The Park will help me with my healing.
Welcome back all you NASCAR fans! The off-season is over and it is time to get to business. In case you missed it, we have two races down and one more to go. I didn’t catch much of last night’s truck race, but I did get home in time to see the finish! And man, let me tell you, business definitely picked up for the sheet metal fabricators. It took three green-white-checkers to get our winner. There was total truck carnage and our winner was John King. Who? I repeat John King. It was his first start and win! That’s right Mr. John King is a rookie. That was some crazy stuff!
The Nationwide was sort of a repeat of last nights truck race. I have to congratulate Danica Patrick on winning the pole for today’s race. I know there are those out there who think Danica shouldn’t be in NASCAR for whatever reason. That is their opinion and I respect that. But for me, I am excited about watching her run with the boys. I think those out there who do not think she belongs, give her a chance. She is now in NASCAR full-time. She will go through growing pains. But I think she has the support and guidance needed to succeed in NASCAR. I mean after all who wouldn’t want a 3-time champion mentoring you.
With that being, said, I once again missed most of the race. I was spending time with my two fellas. Sometimes my life as a mother takes over my life as a NASCAR fan. Tony was going to try to win 5 Nationwide races in a row today. He is that good. I just wish that success on Saturday would play over into Sunday. I know there is another Tony fan who shares my sentiment. But just like the truck race, sheet metal didn’t stand a chance. It was a crazy finish. And another first time winner received the checkered flag. Fellow Texas, James Buescher, who was sitting 11th before all the carnage, came across the start/finish line as the winner.
I am pumped about tomorrow. This will be the 14th attempt the #14 will try to win the Daytona 500. I told my co-workers yesterday that if Tony won the Daytona 500 I would probably have some kind of coronary. He has looked during Speedweeks (both on and off the track). I listened to the race on Thursday and his post race interviews. He has that championship feel about him just like he did in the last ten races of 2011. With that being said, Tony is going to have to fend off quite a field of competitors. If Tony can’t win, I would love to see someone who hasn’t won this race. I think we need to watch out for Kasey Kahne and most definitely Carl Edwards. Carl came thisclose to winning it all last year. He wants that championship and believe you me it is one to watch. But as we all know the Daytona 500 is unpredictable. Just look back at last year’s race…who had Trevor Bayne in their Daytona 500 pool? Certainly not me.
As I close out Saturday and look forward to tomorrow….I am leave you with my annual NASCAR disclaimer.
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 raced 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 Sunday or the occasional Saturday…it’s nothing personal…IT’S NASCAR!