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!!!
Sorry for not posting after the Vegas race. I had everything ready to go, but I have been dealing with quite a few health issues (some mine, some my son’s) so they have taken priority for me. I made my first visit ever to a cardiologist. It was a little scary especially since I am only 40. I am now on medication and have to go back in two weeks for a stress test and other tests. I am treading the treadmill thing. Treadmills and I have this understanding, I don’t get on them. That’s pretty much it. One of my co-workers told me I should stop watching NASCAR with all the chest pains I have been experiencing. He is always kidding me about NASCAR. I told him watching NASCAR is good for my soul. But enough about me, let’s get to talking about racing
Vegas was just disappointing for this Stewart fan. Vegas is one of two tracks Tony does not have a victory. Sunday looked promising until a late caution and pit road mistake pretty much cost him a victory. I have to give credit to the #14 team for finishing 2nd, but for Tony this was one that is a bitter pill to swallow. He clearly had the car to win the race. But as we all know the best car doesn’t always win the race. He was heartbreaking to watch his post race interview with Fox. I wonder how they decided who was going to interview Tony. I mean Tony has been known to speak his mind (both good and bad) when stepping out of the car. But there was Matt Youcum right there asking Tony the tough question. Clearly, you could see Tony was upset with the result. I am glad it was a short interview and with someone who really understands Tony.
Other tidbits from Vegas
- Of there was some action off the track as well. Apparently Robby Gordon and Kevin Conway had their own little meeting in the garage. This resulted in Robby getting put on probation immediately. I mean if you are going to get in a fight, Vegas is the place to be. Did anyone notice if Don King was hanging out in the garage? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
- Congratulations to Mark “The Kid” Martin for winning the Nationwide race. So he got the win when Brad K. blew a tire. But sometimes racing is about being in the right place at the right time. Who hasn’t taken advantage of mistakes and bad breaks of other drivers to snag a victory? Also this is the first win for Turner Motorsports. It’s nice to see the smaller teams (well, compared to Hendrick/Roush) win.
- It was 50 years ago on March 4, 1961 that Wendell Scott became the first African-American to start a NASCAR race.
- Danica Patrick finished 4th in the Nationwide race. This was highest finish by a woman in a NASCAR event. She was also the first woman to lead lap at Daytona. I am still not sure where I stand on Danica’s presence in NASCAR. From what I have seen she has improved from this year to last, well at least in the first couple of races. Until she is able to commit to NASCAR full-time, I am holding my opinion.
There is no Cup race tomorrw. The boys are off until next Sunday where they will head to Bristol for some short track racing. However, you can catch some Camping World Truck racing at Darlington today. I love to watch the trucks. Lots of racing action!
What will I do tomorrow? I am not sure yet. Right now I am watching “Cars” for the millionth time (well, at least it feels that way) with my little foster son. He can sit at watch this movie and be entertained through the entire movie. Not bad for a 2 year-old. I still find this movie very funny. They definitely nailed Daryl Waltrip’s personality! Speaking of Waltrip (not Daryl, but Michael). I am almost finished with Michael’s book, “In The Blink of An Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything”. I have enjoyed the book. You know what is weird, while I am reading the book, all I can hear is Michael’s voice in my head. It’s as if he is narrating the book for me. I have found the book very intriguing and now understand a little bit more about that day back in 2001.
This is the 2nd year for Toyota’s Sponsafy program. You can pick a driver, decorate your car and win a cool prize. If you have seen the site, or been over there check it out. I have one already out there entitled “Pink Bubblegum”. I know it isn’t too spectacular, but it is what I wanted to design. I am in the middle of working on a second one with a Texas theme. So in the mean time, if you want to stop and look, vote for me. You can also vote for others too! Vote early and vote often as they say.
Have a great day!
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