Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bristol Bound

Ted and Alex are leaving early Friday morning to head to Bristol, Tennessee for this weekend's NASCAR races. They will be there for qualifying on Friday afternoon, the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, and the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. Then they'll leave very early Sunday morning to head home.

They did this last year and had an absolute blast! Ted and I did it a few times, but because my knees are so bad these days, I'm passing my seat on to Alex.

Tickets for this event are extremely difficult to get. Supposedly Bristol tickets are the hardest tickets to get in all of NASCAR, but I'm lucky enough to have them. We started out about 9 or so years ago, buying them off of a guy I grew up with who happened to own a gas station which sold the same brand fuel as NASCAR. In other words...he had connections! We bought our Cup tickets from him, but I got the Saturday race tickets in my own name. Those are fairly easy to get because it's not quite as popular as the Sunday race. When the racetrack decided to expand, they notified all ticketholders and I was able to buy 2 tickets for each event IN MY OWN NAME! They have a race weekend in the spring, and then again in August. In August, the races are at night and I would love to see them, but they are always held right after school has started and I can't get away then. Someday, though, it will work out.

Once when Ted and I went we hung out with other fans close to where the drivers, owners, crew chiefs, etc. all went into the track. Most were on golf carts, being driven around. We would all yell at them, hoping they would wave or acknowledge us as fans. HOWEVER, the only person who would smile and wave at us was Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, and former head football coach of the Washington Redskins. I actually got to meet him a year or so later at his race shop in Huntersville, North Carolina.

WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN!! You can read a little about him here

Anyway, Ted and Alex are hoping that they may be able to wave at Joe again, or someone else. I know they'll have a great time.

Joey and I will have a great time here at home too. I think we both have some plans for the weekend, and although I love Ted and Alex with all my heart, when they are gone for a weekend, everything stays where it's supposed to be, and if anything is gotten out, it's put away. (The main culprit is Alexander!)

So although we'll miss them, we know they'll have a great time!


Paulie said...

Interesting but not as interesting as your LOVE story. Can't wait for the next installment!