The Shelby 427: Race DayPosted by in General
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:
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:
Then the command to start engines came and the cars were off lining up behind the pace car:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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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