Race winner for the Auto Club 400 is Kyle Busch, getting his 200th win in all series. I’m glad that he got it over with because frankly I am tired of hearing about it and I honestly think Kyle was tired of hearing about it. I don’t understand why they take this magical 200 wins in all series number and put all this emphasis on it. It would be like taking Tony Stewart and tabulating all of his dirt car wins into his cup wins and putting that number out there. And don’t even get me started about comparing him to Richard Petty. Richard Petty and Kyle Busch aren’t contemporaries. How many you raced in a season and what you raced are different. It would be like comparing my SAT scores to the SAT scores of someone of the same age taking them today. The test has dramatically changed since I took the SATs so it wouldn’t be a fair comparison, just like NASCAR’s premier series has changed over the years. (more…)
My trip to the race at Autoclub Speedway was a gift. The tickets were part of my Christmas present from Misty and the hotel was part of my birthday present from her (my birthday is about 3 weeks after Christmas). We met in southern California on Friday and spent Saturday hanging out at the Victoria Gardens Shopping Center in nearby Rancho Cucamonga. It’s a really nice outdoor shopping village- and the two of us laughed probably way more than two grown women probably should. (more…)
The last time NASCAR was at Auto Club Speedway (California Speedway) was last fall- it also happened to be the last time I was at Autoclub. We interviewed Tony for a second time (and he claimed to remember us so yey), went to the fan fest at the track and we had a great side trip to San Diego (I had never been there before even though I have lived in Cali all my life). So it was a great weekend “racecation”- I got great blog fodder and I got to go somewhere I hadn’t been before. Win win. Until Sunday when my win-win weekend turned into a WIN weekend!
I love to take pictures (and sometimes I am good at it too- See this photo album for proof). During any given race weekend I attend in person, I normally end up with a sore or stiff neck by the end of the day from carrying one or both of my dslr cameras around hoping to find that perfect picture. Last Fontana race was no different. I had my camera with me. I was in the main grandstands – probably three sections or so before the flag stand. Now- five months later I don’t remember many of the details about the race. I remember Jeff Gordon got a pit road speeding penalty because I remember Misty was MAD! (I don’t blame her- I was pretty ticked when Tony got his penalty in Vegas). I also remember it was pretty hot (no surprise there) and worrying my mascara was melting all over my face (it wasn’t- yey Clinique).
So as the race was winding down, I remember thinking that Tony probably wouldn’t win but hoping he would have at least a top five finish. Then the laps wound down even further and I must have said something like “He’s not going to win” to Misty. I say that because I remember her standing there in the stands next to me- decked out in her Jeff Gordon garb just to give you a clear picture- CHASTISING me HARD for saying whatever negative thing I had said. I remember sitting down at one point because I didn’t want to see him NOT win. Of course Misty told me to get up after letting me stew for about half a lap…which of course I did. And then…I watched Tony cross the finish line first. I was SOOO EXCITED because not only did I get to finally see Tony win a race in person but it was at a track he hadn’t won at yet.
I was so excited that I got only two pictures of the event.
This one…not so bad considering I was sitting way across from pit road in the grandstands:
And here is the second picture…and this one is my favorite even though it is probably one of the WORST picture I have EVER taken:
You are probably looking at it and thinking: Egads woman- that picture sucks! Why do you love it so much? Well let me explain it to you. I was so excited that I obviously forgot to not only focus, but I also forgot that I had the lens zoomed in on the crew. So it’s blurry and only a partial shot of the car doing a burnout…but the emotion involved in getting the shot is what makes it priceless. That and I GOT TO WATCH TONY WIN IN PERSON AT A TRACK HE HADN’T WON AT BEFORE! It was an awesome day.
I hope he has another awesome day down there at AutoClub Speedway this Sunday! GO TONY GO!