A Disloyal Fan

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!

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One response to “A Disloyal Fan

  1. Don

    I’ve been enjoying your blog. As a Hburg native, I’m looking forward to your work with the Band Shop building. As a lifelong race fan (and Ford man)I mostly enjoy your racing related posts. 🙂 (As a Ford man, don’t really care for your choice of driver, but I won’t let that get in the way.)

    Martinsville is a great choice for a track to see a race. It’s small enough to see what’s happening. There is always action happening somewhere on the track, and the hot dogs are great! I would strongly recommend not going to a race alone. I agree, you need someone to talk to, even if you can’t be heard. I would also advise at least taking a radio, so much happens that you don’t always know why the caution is out, or why someone is on pit road. A scanner is even better.

    Also, I say, you paid all that money for a ticket, stay to the end. When we used to go when I was a kid, we would pack something to eat after the race. While we were eating most of the people would clear out and we would have smooth sailing out of the track and back on 220.

    I look forward to reading your posts.


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