I don’t know why but I was kind of “eh” about The Prelude To The Dream this year. It doesn’t make ANY sense because I usually count down the days and blog about it incessantly in the preceding months weeks and days. I don’t think I even mentioned it except for putting the details under WE SUPPORT in the navigation bar over there on the left. I even (prepare yourself- this is shocking) almost considered not ordering/watching it.
Calm yourselves-I finally DID order it. And let me tell you I enjoyed this Prelude more than the one from last year. One of my favorite parts is when Tony Stewart gave Darrell Waltrip a ride in a two-seater late model. I only wish the audio for Darrell was up a little higher because Tony’s sole intent was to make Darrell scream like a little girl…and I think he did. He tried to hold up his arms and tell Tony enough…I think it would have been awesome if we (the audience) could have seen Darrell’s eyes too but his helmet visor was dark. Still it was HILARIOUS right there. Even though I know I have control issues (ie I like to be in control of the vehicle- driving) I would take that ride in a HEARTBEAT but ONLY if Tony was driving. I have no doubt that I would be screeching in fear like the
control freak girl that I am by the midway point of lap one but I am positive it would be a kickass time and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I also LOVED Tony’s helmet he raced in the Prelude…isn’t it a pretty one?
The racing itself seemed to be better this year. I don’t know if the all-star field has just gotten that much better or the cars are better prepared or what but the racing was awesome this year. I liked the format this year- with the 40 lap main and 10 lap heat races. I also liked the fact that there weren’t teams as there had been in the last couple of Preludes. After watching the first few laps I was SURE that the winner would either be Clint Bowyer again or Kasey Kahne…but both were taken out by accidents (Kasey’s look fairly violent- it ripped a wheel/axle completely off the car). The winner ended up being Kyle Busch who when interviewed before the race said he wanted that ring. NHRA’s Cruz Pedregon gets an honorable mention for doing so well too (7th). Congrats to Kyle and all the competitors for helping FEED THE CHILDREN by doing what they love to do (race) while we watched.
For those wondering Tony came in 2nd.
Also I have to mention that Steve Letarte does an AWESOME job as a pit reporter for the Prelude and definitely did NOT disappoint this year. If he ever gets tired of being a crew chief he could definitely go into pit reporting for one of the networks.
Yeah the Prelude is now high on my NASCAR bucket list…even though it really isn’t NASCAR.
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