NASCAR is Seducing Me and I’m Letting It

NASCAR is Seducing Me and I’m Letting It

Tonight was my third trip to the Daytona International Speedway to attend the NextEra Energy Resources 250.  Unlike our last attempt to watch a race, this one took place at night and involved pick-up trucks.  The last detail is inconsequential but at least worth a mention.  Who am I kidding?  It was insanely cool.  These weren’t your garden variety pick-ups.  Oh no, these suckers were supercharged and ready to go!  The atmosphere was as cool as the climate.  Race fans were there to chill out and enjoy a good competition.  I’m still trying to get a handle on this whole NASCAR business, but despite not having a clue as to who’s driving; it’s a pretty darned good time.  Tonight we were way up in the Petty Tower, where the seats are placed so that your view isn’t obscured by the person sitting in front of you.  For us, that was just one row and we were quite elevated by comparison.  Is it loud?

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Tower Seating is the way to go!

Heck yeah, it’s loud but that’s part of the package: noise, fans, stadium food and crashes.  It’s not a NASCAR event without crashes but hopefully without fatalities.  There were two and I saw the first one.  Let me tell you, it was a bit chilling.  Nobody got seriously injured and it involved the driver we were randomly supporting.  However, some fans were cheering.  They came to see the accidents.  To each their own, but I just hope the vehicles take all the damage, instead of the drivers.  Speaking of drivers…

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Pit Crews stand at attention for the National Anthem.

Whether it’s cars, trucks, horses, dogs or goats (What up Tobago!) you can’t fully enjoy a race unless you support a competitor.  We shamelessly scoured the program and cheered on the truck with the strangest sponsor.  Dollar General Toyota, Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet and the State Water Heaters Chevrolet all got our shouts.  The winner wasn’t among this fine bunch but that wasn’t the point.  It was part of the fun, and something you can pull off with this race, unlike the grand derby  that is the Daytona 500.  That’s the day for diehard fans, and we’ll be out there too.  I’m so happy that over the past two weekends I’ve experienced the Speedway from Grandstand, Infield, Petty Tower and this Sunday, from the Lund Tower.

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Yeah, this place is huge.

The only drawbacks for me are two things: crazy heat and achy feet.  My pink neck that became red is now a very light shade of brown; but my feet are hurting terribly from tonight.  We had to climb so many flights of stairs that I lost count.  I lost countbut I’ll chalk that up as fitness revolution: Day 119.  Tender tootsies won’t stop me though.  This saga must be seen to the end with the big kahuna on Sunday.  However, one big question remains: who am I going to support?  So far the short list consists of Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.  Then, there’s Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne.  Decisions, decisions…