By admin | March 20, 2008
Rainy days at the track aren’t always bad days
By Richard Allen
Typically, one of the most miserable experiences one can have at a sporting venue is to be at a race track when it is rains. This past Friday at the Bristol Motor Speedway had the potential to be one of those days. Instead, however, it turned out to be a great day.
For the second year in a row I took my oldest son, a five year old, to the track to watch qualifying for the Sprint Cup race. Last year, we had a great day. The weather was perfect and the quick action of qualifying on the fast, half-mile track easily kept his attention.
This year, it was apparent that rain was eminent so I feared we would be in for a long day of boredom and waiting. I even considered turning around at one point but knew he would be disappointed if we did not at least see the speedway.
As it turned out we had anything but a boring day. We had some immediate excitement upon our arrival provided by two FA-18s rehearsing for their upcoming flyover. We then walked through every inch of the circus tent atmosphere of the souvenir area. And, by the way, did our part to get the economy up and rolling.
To add to our good luck as we approached the ticket window we were fortunate to encounter a nice lady who was kind enough to give us two complementary tickets.
My son, Cody, was even intrigued by the jet driers, a site and sound I have experienced a few too many times. He also enjoyed watching the various drivers mill around the pit area and he got a kick out of seeing the stance SpeedTV’s very tall Bob Dilner had to get into in order to interview the not so tall Jamie McMurray.
Rain returned to the speedway just as the track had been dried. However, we were not too disappointed as this provided another opportunity to visit the souvenir trucks and do a little more economy boosting.
Next year, Cody’s little brother, Austin, will get to make his first trip to the track which should double the fun.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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