So admittedly I am not as glued to the television during the Nationwide races. If Tony is in the race I will DVR it or if I happen to be in front of my TV during the race I will watch it…but I don’t plan around Nationwide races as much as I plan around Sprint Cup races. Today was no exception as my Mom and I went out for an impromptu “girls” day of shopping since my dad went flying with his friend (they fly remote control planes and wings- don’t ask me the difference it’s a hobby I barely understand).
After shopping my mom and I were hungry and stopped by Chilis for a linner (lunch/dinner). We ended up sitting at a corner table in the bar because it was quiet in there except for the sports tvs…one turned to college baseball, one to basketball, one to sportscenter and a fourth one that had nothing on it at all. As we ordered I said to my mom “I wonder how the Nationwide race is going- Tony had the pole you know” We ordered, our food came, we ate. As we were finishing up suddenly the tv that had nothing on it suddenly had the Nationwide race on at there was 15 laps to go….and Tony was in the lead. I was stoked. I said “Look mom…my Tony is in the lead!” She said “Don’t refer to him as your Tony in public…its embarrassing.” We were done by this point so I begged my Mom to stay til the race was over. I had to know how it ended…I think the only reason she agreed was because Jr was in second…and she was SURE he would take Tony and win.
Well…perhaps me watching Tony race in public (that is not at a race track anyway) is probably a bad idea. I am very…animated…when I watch and I was clapping and cheering louder than the guys at the other end of the bar who were cheering for basketball. My mom was pretty embarrassed I think. Then when the debris caution came out I said “Ah crap!” and jumped outta my chair. I probably even let a Dammit or two fly. I was really trying to behave myself and watch my mouth because there was now a family with two small boys sitting at a table behind my mom. Well then Dale took the lead from Tony momentarily and my resolve not to curse flew out the window….although I did try to curse only quietly. But then Tony took back the lead and I was clapping and cheering. Yeah…in Chilis. At like 3:30ish in the afternoon. Then I insisted on staying to watch the burnout (very nice by the way…my mom is all “IS THAT why they call him smoke??”) and at least part of the post race interview despite the fact that I couldn’t hear a damn thing!
Well hopefully Tony will have as good of a day tomorrow. And if you hear someone cheering…it might be me.