Sunday, February 20, 2011

NASCAR Randomness

The Daytona 500 is today. This is the beginning of NASCAR season.

Jimmie Johnson has won the Sprint Cup championship a record-setting five seasons in a row. Nobody expects him to top that mark, but I will predict right now, before the first race even begins, that he will come damn close.  And. He. Could. Go. All. The. Way.

Stock car racing began as competition among moonshine runners.

Some of the early ‘official’ stock car race cars were so stock that drivers would take their families to church on Sunday morning then drive the same car to the track and race on Sunday afternoon.

I am determined to go to at least one race this year. The two closest tracks to my house are a little over three hours away. I should be able to do this.

Tracks in Chicago and Bristol are relatively close to two good friends who occasionally read this blog. Any interest?

It is hard to believe that it is already 10 years since Dale Earnhardt lost his life in a serious slam-the-wall crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Most NASCAR drivers are male. Best guess: 99 percent. But famous female Indy racer Danica Patrick is trying to add stock car racing to her resume. She is struggling so far, but all drivers go through that. I’ve read that she has the temperament and temper to make it.

And this is the best one, a reward for reading this far: “racecar” spelled backwards is “racecar.”

1 comment:

Linda V. said...

You are absolutely welcome to stay with us! Not sure about the racing part...maybe! Now, if Danica does get into stock car, then the maybe will be more likely to become a "Sure, I'll go!"