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The Shelby 427: Race Day

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Walking in on Sunday Morning

Walking in on Sunday Morning

I honestly don’t remember what time we got to the track on Sunday- but I want to say probably around 9:00 again.  We perused the midway- partaking in free COKE ZERO samples as well as getting free Bobby Labonte flash drives preinstalled with the ask.com nascar tool bar wiget thingy mabob.  Mostly though we scoped out a place by the SPEED stage and waited.  We were there solely to see Jeff Gordon’s interview by the PRN guys- but be cause we also got to see Richard Childress and Kyle Busch during their interviews and we got to watch Hermie Sadler film one of the cut-away car segments-which was fun too.  I got a few mediocre pictures of Richard Childress and one of Jeff Gordon:

Richard Childress spoke about just about everything including the economy and hunting

Richard Childress spoke about just about everything including the economy and hunting

Jeff Gordon told us a funny story about getting a speeding ticket...

Jeff Gordon told us a funny story about getting a speeding ticket...

Part of my photo issue is that I am short and there were lots of tall people and one blonde woman who kept stepping in front of me so I would get a great picture of the back of people’s heads- hers in particular.  Secondly I decided to use a different camera on Sunday than I used on Friday. On friday I used my trusty Canon I5 SI that I LOVE and am most comfortable with. On Sunday I decided to use my new-to-me DSLR canon Rebel (I don’t know the model off the top of my head…but its the silver one).  It has some sort of fancy lense on it (again I don’t know which lense) but this was my first real outting with the Rebel and while overall I got some great pictures- I was frustrated with it and my lack of knowledge of what the heck I was doing with it.  Apparently I didn’t get ANY of Kyle Busch and I didn’t even attempt Hermie because he was down at ground level and off to my right so there was just no way.

Anyway- after watching the interviews by the PRN guys we escaped the speed stage area we meandered about the midway some more- got another free sample of COKE ZERO and then wandered over towards the Petty Terrace to settle into our seats.  Pre-race started and we could actually see pre-race a little better this year because of our awesome seats:

Flying Elvii- their helmets actually look like elvis hair- cracked me up!

Flying Elvii- their helmets actually look like elvis hair- cracked me up!

One of the pictures I am most proud of- the fly over after invocation and the national anthem. I took this picture! It rocks huh?

One of the pictures I am most proud of- the fly over after invocation and the national anthem. I took this picture! It rocks huh?

Then the command to start engines came and the cars were off lining up behind the pace car:

The field lines up behind the pace car...a shelby.

The field lines up behind the pace car...a shelby (yeah I know you can't see the pace car...I kinda missed it).

Then the race went green- but not for very long as Matt Kenseth brings out the first caution of the day.

I was pleased with Tony- he seemed to move well and maintain a top five position most of the day. The Office Depot team did great pit stops.

Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon approach their pit stalls during a pit stop. We had a great view of their stalls since they were more towards the exit of pit road.

Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon approach their pit stalls during a pit stop. We had a great view of their stalls since they were more towards the exit of pit road.

Kyle Busch pits during the race

Kyle Busch pits during the race.

I still LOVE watching the pits stops and find that if there is a car on pit road that I can see…I am watching it. I don’t know what it is about the pitting that I love but it’s really exciting and fascinating to me. So I have lots of pictures of Kyle, Jeff, Tony and Kasey Kahne on pit road since they were right there by our seats.

I finally decided that I had to use the restrooms. I mean I really had to go. When I left Tony was somewhere in the top five. When I came back he wasn’t even on the leaderboard any more (don’t think that wasn’t the first thing I checked when I came back).  BFM shook her head when I got back to my seat and said Tony pitted out of sequence and she didn’t know why (we don’t bother with race scanners although I wish we had them then).

I heard that some people thought the Vegas race was boring to watch on TV but not if you were there in person:

Menards car gets towed in on the wrecker. Fun times.

Menard's car gets towed in on the wrecker. Fun times.

And even when I did get bored during one of the cautions I was able to occupy myself taking pictures of the mountains behind Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Who says the Desert is bland? I think these mountains are Gorgeous.

Who says the Desert is bland? I think these mountains are Gorgeous.

And finally Kyle won at Las Vegas- and if Tony couldn’t win, and Jeff Gordon (BFM’s favorite) couldn’t win I am glad that it was Kyle.

Kyle Busch did an awesome burn out...then jumped out of the car and actually kissed the start finish line. I think he was pleased to win in front of his home town crowd.

Kyle Busch did an awesome burn out...then jumped out of the car and actually kissed the start finish line. I think he was pleased to win in front of his home town crowd.

Find out why I am glad that if my drivers and BFM’s drivers couldn’t win the Shelby 427, why I was glad to watch Kyle win in the next segment.

Coming up tomorrow: The Shelby 427: Driver Appearances.

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