Monday, February 15, 2010
Once again the season kicks off, we have been so ready for it and are grateful for making the decision of NOT heading to Daytona as we had discussed. The weather is frightful there, cold, windy and lots of rain and has been for the past few weeks, it was nice watching the races from the warmth of sunny California.
Saturday we watched both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series (NCWTS) since Friday night’s NCWTS was postponed due to rain. Both were very exciting, mostly due to NASCAR changing it’s strict rules they have made in the past few years. They decided to let the drivers drive, bumping and grinding just like they did prior to NASCAR becoming the overly protective parent that would not allow it‘s children to grow and be all that they can be. Now this is racing!
They are still using restrictor plates, but what they did was widen the holes so that the horsepower could be a few mph higher. NASCAR gets a thumbs up for listening to the drivers and the fans, after all, without us, where would this sport be?
The Daytona 500 was red flagged twice because of a hole in the asphalt. It took several hours to complete the repair which made it a very long and very strange race. Because of the new rules of attempting a green, white, checker up to 3 times and they used every one of those attempts, it was a very exciting and emotional ending for Jamie McMurray, the winner of the Daytona 500 in 2010.
It is always nice to watch a race that we can say, “We were there!” Seeing a NASCAR race live is like no other dream we ever had that turned out to be more than we expected. Most of the time our anticipation is higher than the actual event when we finally arrive at it, but attending the NASCAR races has exceeded all of our expectations and we look forward to many more tracks in the upcoming years.
These photos are from our experience in 2009!