I was cruising through my pictures on Flickr and thinking about the race and the picture above brought up a very vivid memory for me. It’s probably one of the reasons I LOVE the NEON GARAGE at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I was probably 6 or 7 no more than 8. It was back when my dad did all his own maintenence on his vehicles. We had a pick-up (depending on which year it was it was either a GMC or a Ford that part I don’t remember) and it was a spring day and my dad was in the driveway changing the spark plugs and giving the pickup a general tune-up. How do I remember he was changing the spark plugs nearly 28 years ago and not what I had for dinner two days ago? That is easily answered. I was out there watching and asking all kinds of questions. I had always been inquisitive and I distinctly remember my dad sitting there in front of the truck on the ground explaining what a spark plug was, how it worked and how to gap them…and then he proceeded to let me gap them all- so I felt like I was really helping. It was fun for me and I stood there (on a plastic yellow step stool so I could see) and watched him put them all in. I remember rummaging through is tool box looking for something when I came across an “timing light” and thought WHAT THE HECK IS THIS? I asked my dad…and not only did he explain what it was and how it worked but he showed me me how it worked. I still remember leaning into the engine watching him use the timing light to show me how it worked. Of course a little while later my Grandpa came over told me to get him a beer and when I did then told me that girls didn’t belong under the hood of a car.
Anyway- I think that is why I am inately curious about what is going on in the garage areas. I know it probably looks like I spent my whole day camped out in front of the 14 garage but I didn’t. I actually probably spent more time at the 48 garage stall in Vegas because they seemed to be doing a lot of adjustments on the car…and it was fun for me to watch. It’s a good thing we don’t have a way to talk to the crew members! I would probably pester them to death. What’s that? What do you do with it? Or my all time favorite when I was a kid- WHY?
Speaking of talking to crew members and having questions- have you noticed ASK THE INSIDERS WEDNESDAY over at NASCAR INSIDERS? It’s kinda like having an intercom into the garage! You should check it out.