Going to my first NASCAR race was quite an experience. Races at Martinsville are always exciting and yesterday’s did not disappoint. Kevin Harvick won, my first race and my favorite driver wins, and I missed it. I left early because the crowd was beginning to thin out. Harvick was running mid-pack at the time. After I left, Harvick’s team played pit strategy and took only two tires. This moved Harvick up in the running order. As he said in Victory Lane, the car came to life!
I am deeply depressed that I missed Harvick’s victory and I plan to go to the Martinsville race in October to make up for it. Here are a few things I am going to do differently to make my experience better: 1. Different Seating. I sat in the fourth row off Turn 4 on the front stretch. The sound of 43ish cars accelerating off the corner for 400 laps has really affected my hearing (temporarily of course). Which bring me to number 2. Better ear protection. Ear plugs did not keep the sound of the cars from affecting my hearing. A headset probably would have been better. 3. Strong sunscreen. My arms are burnt to the point of discomfort. 4. Bring a friend. I went by myself and that was a mistake. I literally got bored watching the race by myself, but I could not find anyone who wanted to get up early to get there.
So, if you go to a race sit about half way up in the grandstand. It will be easier on your ears, but you will also be able to see more of the track. Wear ear protection, I wish I had used better protection. Wear strong sunscreen because sitting there for approximately 5 hours had taken its toll on my arms, and do not go alone. It is always more fun to go to events in groups.
I will go to a race again. I am too big a fan not too, but you can learn from my rookie mistakes.
Here are some of the photos I took, videos coming soon!