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Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Day at the Races - NASCAR BABY

Once a year I have the opportunity to attend a NASCAR race.  I choose the Saturday race which is comparable to going to Mardi Gras the week before Fat Tuesday.  It is a bit calmer for the uninitiated.   To be honest I am not a fan and I could not link a driver and his car number if my life depended on it, however, I love the people watching.

It is like the blending of two movies Talladega Nights - The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,

and CARS.

So for those like me who have limited experience with auto racing here is what you need to know.
1)  The basics
     a) Walking Shoes (you will do a lot of walking)
     b) Camera
     c) Lots and lots of Water
     d) Ear Plugs
     e) Sun Screen

2)  Arrive early so you can walk through the vendor section - this is where you get free stuff and some of the best People watching occurs.  Be prepared for various costumes (some planned and some not) and lots of exposed tattoos.

The race part if fun too.  My little Samsung camera did a fine job of recording the excitement of the crowd as the cars go flying by..

Soft foam earplugs are a staple and one I would highly recommend cause it is LOUD and much like this scene from Ricky Bobby with Molly Shannon there is a whole lot of shaken going on.

There was a group of us that went to the Saturday race and it was a lot of fun.  The gentleman who sat next to me was very nice and helpful as he explained race protocol between the roaring of the cars.  I definitely recommend it as something to try at least once.

Here are a few random pictures from the race.
Start of the Race

Now it is time for me to get back to the regularly scheduled program, Laundry is waiting.

Have a great weekend.

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