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Playing Catch Up

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

I don’t have to tell you it’s been some time since I blogged about a race. You may be left wondering what is going on. Have I stopped watching racing? How goes my quest to find a new favorite NASCAR driver? Just what the heck is going on with Amy and Badgroove.

Well, let’s play catch up on the overly exciting (yes I am being facetious) life of Amy of BadGroove.

Have I stopped watching racing? No. I still watch pretty much every weekend- although I am less upset if something is happening that I want to take part in during a race that doesn’t have to do with racing.  This year, however, I have already attended my races for the season- one. The Vegas spring race.  I decided not to go to Sonoma in June not because I don’t love the race, on the contrary – I love Sonoma immensely. It’s one of my favorite tracks. The problem with Sonoma is that it’s too far from where I live to make it easy to go back and forth from the track from my home. Hotels near the track are super expensive (in Napa, Sonoma, even nearby Santa Rosa) and I am usually left staying somewhere in the south bay which in itself isn’t cheap.  Plus there is Bay Area traffic and bridge tolls to deal with.  So we decided to skip Sonoma this year.  I am also skipping the Vegas fall race because I already have a long-standing vacation planned for that week and frankly the vacation plans I have are something I have been looking forward too for quite some time.

However, there is something on the racing horizon that does excite me. The fact that INDYCAR’s season finale for 2019 is going to be at Laguna Seca. My first race was Indycar at Laguna Seca. So I am so excited about this race that I already put in for vacation.  This track is 10 miles from my house.  I will do what I can to make sure that I am at the track that weekend.

My quest for a new driver is still ongoing. I don’t know that I will ever find a driver like Tony to be a fan of. That’s not to say I am still not a Tony fan. I am, and I follow him in his driving as well as I can on social media.  As a Tony fan, I am also happy when any of the SHR drivers win.  Watching their success this season has been impressive and fun, and I am so excited for Tony Stewart as a NASCAR owner.  I still have my eye on Ryan Blaney but the connection him so far is nothing like what I had with my driver. I will not be getting Ryan Blaney ink anytime soon.

My thoughts on Kasey Kahne’s recent decision to leave NASCAR doesn’t surprise me. He is ready to get back to dirt as well as spend time with his son. The quality of Kasey’s rides has continued to go downhill since he was let go from HMS years ago. More and more of the NASCAR I watched is retiring, and it makes me feel old.

This blog has always been something I loved to do. It started years ago as a place to keep in touch with friends on what I was doing- and a lot of that was watching racing. It’s how I processed my feelings about what is going on the track.  It’s where I talked about the excitement surrounding going to a race. But right now it’s the mechanics of writing weekly about each race that is hard for me and I am struggling to decide if it’s something that I want to continue to do. So for right now, I come here when there is something that I want to say or a book I want to review (part of me wonders if I should change the focus of BadGroove to be a book review blog and review everything I read- motorsports related or not). So keep coming by- I am still here. I still have things to say. I am just trying to decide what the next incarnation of BadGroove is going to be.

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