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I am going to admit it- it has been a long time since I have been to a Truck Series race- especially a truck race at Las Vegas!  So when Misty mentioned us applying for credentials to cover it I was totally for it!!

One of the best things about the truck race at Vegas is that they let anyone in the NEON GARAGE which is one of my favorite parts of Las Vegas Motor Speedway because you can look right in to the garage bays and watch the crews work on the trucks! The kids their with there parents wandering around the Neon Garage seemed to really enjoy the “behind the scenes” views- and they especially enjoyed it when the drivers would wander over to the autograph windows at the rear of each garage bay between practices.  Sometimes the garage passes are a bit pricy for the cup races and might prevent families from enjoying the garage area. The fact that the neon garage was free was great because the kids could experience the garage area for free which makes the event family friendly! And that is how you hook a young race fan.  You let them into the garage area.  Trust me. I know these things.

It was also fun to watch some of the pressers- some of the younger drivers in the series are far less media saavy than more experienced truck and cup drivers (I am especially thinking of Ryan Blaney here- I don’t know if he is shy or what but he hardly looked up at all during his presser znd his hat was screwed down tight on his head- you could barely see his face).

But everyone, fans, drivers, media: was there for one reason! THE RACE. The race was awesome and did NOT disappoint. Race winner was a very excited Timothy Peters!

Here are some pictures from here and there around the track:

Monitors in Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Neon Garage

Monitors in Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Neon Garage. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach).

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I am climbing in the HHR and heading back down to Vegas to visit Misty and for the #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race! Whoo hoo- we haven’t been to a race track since June- and that is just TOO LONG (especially considering that our next Cup race isn’t until Phoenix in November- YEY Phoenix- it’s my favorite track that I have been to).  Plus I think it’s been quite awhile since I have been to a truck series race.

By the way- if you are going to be in Las Vegas for the Smiths 350 truck race this weekend- South Point Hotel & Casino will be hosting a free autograph session with many of the truck series drivers on Friday September 27th from 7-8pm.  Check out this announcement from Las Vegas Motor Speedway for more details.

Going to the truck races also means that I will be late with the Team 14 Dover Race Report this week because I don’t come back from Vegas until Monday (and it takes me a good 7-8 hours to drive it- it’s about 500 miles so be glad you aren’t forced to watch the Amy/Vegas 500- it’s definitely not exciting and pit stops tend to take much longer than 12 seconds) and then expect to get fully slammed when I get back to work on Tuesday (I am in the middle of a project which means meetings, meetings and more meetings). For the same reason I, it will likely take me a bit to get the Truck race pictures up because I will have to sift through about 16 gigs worth of pictures.

You can always follow all my adventures real-time on Twitter and/or Facebook (usually when I am traveling or at a race I tend to be more likely to post to twitter than FB for some reason) but be prepared for NASCAR truck stuff interspersed with whatever else I just happen to be doing while in Vegas this weekend). And of course Misty has twitter as well- and likely we will end up bantering back and forth like we do.

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It’s been a heckuva week for this Jeff Gordon girl. I have been semi mum (for me anyway) on the subject because frankly the emotions were too high. Aside from a handful of angry tweets and some pointed re-tweets, I have been mum…but now that it is all said and done ,and I can contemplate the events of the last week without fire steaming from my nostrils, let me tell you what it was like for me and I am sure most of the 24 fans.

Saturday’s race at Richmond, in itself, was a roller coaster ride of emotions. Jeff needed to race his way into the Top Ten in points to make the Chase. Starting from the pole was a good way to get there. So was leading the first 50 or so laps, but then he began to fade, having used up his tires in that first run, the handling of the car went away and he didn’t seem to have a car capable of winning the race. However, all was not lost as Logano – the person he needed to unseat from 10th in points was having a FAR worse night- having fallen two laps down early on and remained stuck there. (more…)

I really do NOT want to continue to beat a dead horse by going into the Richmond stuff again- but I feel that I have to respond to the penalties that followed the NASCAR race at Richmond especially after I posted my opinions on what happened during the race and what I thought NASCAR should do and what I thought they would do (which as I mentioned were two separate things). I posted an initial reaction to the penalties on my Facebook page, and retweeted several tweets if you follow me there- but I really feel the need to expound on what I said in both places.

Well, I think the first thing is all of us to remind ourselves, it’s a sport.  It has a tremendous amount of fun to it.  Occasionally, and particularly our role, is to regulate the sport and police it and officiate it so that everybody has got a reasonable playing field to participate in.  So we have days like today that we run across and have challenges that our role is to react to, and this is one of those days.-- Mike Helton, NASCAR President (source: 9-9-13 press conference transcript)

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I know I have been talking about this most of the season but the season is quickly coming to a close- and so are your opportunities to take advantage of the great TRACK PACK deal from Walmart! There are only five races left that have Walmart NASCAR Track Packs available for purchase and they are:

1. Atlanta this weekend!

2. Sylvania 300, New Hampshire – Sept. 22, 2013

3. AAA 400, Dover – September 29, 2013

4. Bank of America 500, Charlotte – Oct. 12, 2013

5. Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead – Nov. 17, 2013

That means for $99 dollars you can get four tickets to the race, four soft drinks and four hot dogs just visit Walmart.com/NASCAR for more information or to purchase tickets! That is a great deal for a family or group of friends to go in on because races can get pricey- I know this!  A;so if you are in the Atlanta area keep an eye out at your local Walmarts starting today- they will be hosting NASCAR related fan events including showcars with driver simulators and much more!

A little over a year ago I posted a #NASCAR Bucket list of sorts- prompted to do so after reviewing the book 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die because based on the title I thought the book would be a jumping off point for creating such a list (I found out it wasn’t- if you want to know why you can go back and read my review). For some reason unbeknownst to me, I have been ruminating on that original bucket list lately.  I decided that it needed to be revised a bit.  So here is my NEW #NASCAR Bucket List: (more…)

I mentioned in the my last race report that I was on a non-NASCAR vacation towards the end of last week. It wasn’t a non-sports vacation though as the main purpose of my trip was to go to a major league baseball game (my first ever)! As part of (bff) Misty’s Christmas present last year I gave her a baseball game- but not just any baseball game but a baseball game of her two favorite teams playing each other. That would be the Yankees and the Angels. So I scored us tickets and we met in Anaheim for the game. Our hotel was centrally located between Disneyland and Angels stadium which was great because pretty much we could walk everywhere we needed to go- the Garden Walk in Anaheim has all the restaurants one could need for a short trip and was just a couple blocks from the hotel and Angels Stadium was just over a mile away so we walked and saved ourselves the $10 parking fee.

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The game is underway in the early evening at Angels Stadium (Photo Credit: Amy K Marbach)

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Even though the Party In The Poconos 400 is over- do not despair! You can still visit Walmart.com/NASCAR to get a family track pack of tickets to many upcoming races!  A Family track pack is $99.00 and includes four race tickets, four Cokes, and four hot dogs! That is a good deal! They still have track packs left for New Hampshire, The GoBowling.COM race at Pocono, and many other races. Check them out now.

Remember you can pick up all your race needs at WALMART- including driver gear, snacks and things like sunscreen- which I always seem to forget! (Long Pond, PA – JUN 09, 2013: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams take to the track for the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. photo provided by Walmart)

Also if you are at a race- check out the WALMART near the track- they are not only a great place to stock up on supplies for the race (don’t forget the sunscreen when you are picking up your race snacks) but they often have fun race related displays and events going on like driver appearances and race simulators!