Life has changed quite a bit since March 27 (the date of my last entry). This blog as a way to relax and well, talk about NASCAR. Along the way I have met some incredible people who share the same passion for the sport that I have. I spent a few years religiously dedicated to posting here in The Park. But as we all know life has a funny way of changing your life. Since starting the blog back in April 2005, my husband and I have adopted two wonderful boys and I lost both my parents in 2011. I have had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows over the past 7 years. But I am on my way to bigger and better things.
I was finally able to watch “The Definitive” which profiled Tony Stewart. I had DVRed it back on March 1, but didn’t get a chance to watch it until today. See that’s how crazy my life has been over the past couple of months. It reaffirmed why I love being a Tony Stewart fan. I like the fact that he speaks his mind and makes no apologies about it. You want to know what he thinks about something he will tell you. He doesn’t give you some watered down, politically correct answer. He isn’t afraid of mixing it up on the track either. He has this swagger that just can’t be beat. I learned today that he had 6 DNFs his 2002 championship season. That’s right I said 6 AND he still won the championship that year. Of course this is the same man who man handled last year’s chase to win his third championship. I would love to sit down with him for an hour and just talk with him. I don’t think I would even ask him about NASCAR. I would love to visit with him about his passion for his dirt track and his other racing endeavors. I think that is the heart of Tony Stewart. I am not saying he doesn’t love to race in NASCAR, but from what I have seen and read, his dirt track racing seems to be where he has the most fun. Of course, this is just from my perspective as a fan. It’s clearly obvious when you watch him work and race during his Prelude To The Dream event he has ever year at Eldora Speedway. In fact, 2012 Prelude is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6. I have ordered it every year that it has been on pay-per-view. Since it is close to my birthday (June 15), it is one of my birthday presents from my hubby. Of course, I would love to attend the Prelude in person, perhaps maybe next year. Either way, I love watching it from start to finish. It is like watching Little League baseball. There is no racing for points and all that other stuff. It’s just for the pure joy of racing! So if you haven’t ordered it, get thee to your cable company and hook yourself up.
Charlotte was not kind to Tony last week. It just wasn’t his night. This week Tony heads into Dover sitting in 9th place in the points with 2 wins under his belt. I am hoping he can get back on track this week. He has two wins at Dover. In 2011, Dover wasn’t kind to him either. In the first race he started 27th and finished 29th. The fall race wasn’t much better…he started 28th and finished 25th. But as we all know the summer is usually when Tony starts lighting it up on the track. Qualifying is Saturday with the race scheduled for a 1:30 EST start on Sunday. Good luck Tony!