As some of you may know, I have this other writing gig over at Racing In America where once every two week or so I have to come up with a new entry. During the off season it’s been hard to come up with relevant stuff. Here at BadGroove I don’t feel as badly if I post stuff that really isn’t motor sport relevant especially during the off season because well…it’s my blog and I’ll stray if I want to. I don’t know why I let myself get stressed out about the RIA stuff…it’s not like they pay me and pretty much I can write about whatever I want in the motorsports world (although in my mind they like it when I write NASCAR and I might as well write about a world I know more about then say…NHRA- which I do write about sometimes). But lately, I feel like I let the looming deadlines over at RIA get to me and then I rush out a post that isn’t my best.
Anyway- for my last post over at RIA- I totally copped out and came up with my own top ten list of races I am looking forward to watching in the 2011 racing season (as a reaction to this article over at scenedaily.com). I thought it would be easy but it actually took my two days (which is a long time for me) to come up with a list I was happy with and then promptly typed* it up and sent it over to my editor/publisher over at RIA for posting. Then I breathed a sigh of relief that it was done and went about my business. Until I decided to actually read the entry over at RIA. Um…I forgot a very import race that I look forward to every season. And it was on my original list. I somehow had two number three’s and ended up dropping this race from the version I sent over to RIA. So I will share it here as originally written for the article and then expound upon it after:
Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas- I always LOVE watching the Vegas race because it hold a special place in my oval-loving heart. It’s the first NASCAR race I had ever gone to AND the first oval track I had ever attended. I actually attend this race every year since the first time in person. I love the facilities and really think that the track is underrepresented . I love the Vegas race and think this track above many others deserves a second race and a night race would be awesome there. This is another track that Tony has never won at so I always watch it with great hope.
While technically it was suppose to be number three in my original article that is only because I ranked those races by the schedule not by their importance to me. This one would be number one if only for the sentimental reasons that this was my first NASCAR race attended in the flesh. I have written about it several times here and over at RIA. I still remember the awe when we started pulling up to the speedway- seeing the grandstands get bigger and bigger and the excitement in my heart as we got closer and closer that first time and do not feel that I have ever adequately described it yet. This track may be one of those cookie cutter 1.5 ovals that everyone talks about but it’s MY cookie cutter 1.5 mile oval that holds fond memories that make me nearly giddy just thinking about them. The Vegas race holds a lot of firsts for me and I LOVE it for that. I am sure every NASCAR fan who has ever been to a race has a track that they love and hold dear to them. This one is mine (although Phoenix holds a very very close second place in my heart).
I will be attending this year although I have not even purchased tickets yet (which is so out of character for me since I tend to be an excessive planner- usually purchasing my race tickets several months in advance) and right now-at the peak of what one of my facebook friends called “off season depression” looking forward to going to the Vegas race is a huge bright spot in the near future to look forward to.
*Yes…I do sometimes write my entries long hand. I actually find that my entries come out better written long hand and then typed up.