Chaos in Richmond

It has taken me this long to fully embrace the amount of fun that I had two weekends ago… or perhaps I just did not want to accept the fact that it was over just yet.

What kind of chaos was in Richmond you ask? The kind where cars make left turns at REALLY FAST speeds of course! Yes, I adventured down to Richmond, Virginia for race weekend, and it was fun from the minute we started our road trip.

My best friend and I (or my NASCAR rookie as I like to call her) left Jersey Friday night to be ready for the Xfinity race that took place on Saturday afternoon. A 7 a.m. wake-up time had us at the track by 9 a.m. (okay, we were a little slow on Saturday) to go explore the grounds of Richmond International Speedway. Driver Q&A’s, Fanatic gear, a lot of free stuff, and of course, the Joe Gibbs mascots were also in attendance! We made it inside the track just in time to see the final Cup practice before watching Kyle Larson win the checkered flag in the Xfinity race. It was a busy day full of sightseeing and planning our missions to be accomplished on Sunday.

Sunday morning rolled around and we were at the track by a bright and sunny 8 a.m. where we, and a lot of other fellow fans were ready to take on the Virginia heat. The day consisted of some Monster Energy fun, track-side access (including signing the Start/Finish line, exploring Matt Tift’s hauler, meeting Austin Dillion’s pit crew, and exploring Pit Road), Chase U, and a crazy race!

While we did not get to actually meet Chase Elliott at Chase U (probably for the better, I would have forgotten my name) we did get a quick Q&A with him, in which he mentioned that no, he does not know who will be driving the 88 car next season. After hanging with Chase and Hooters, it was time to watch some short-track racing which for some reason, seemed to have all the action happen right in front of our section. By the way, JR Nation was NOT happy with Jimmie Johnson that day, and where I was sitting, that was obvious.

Come Monday morning when I was back home in Jersey, I was hungry for more racing. While watching Talladega from my couch was nowhere near the same as it would have been being there personally, it was still a heck of a show! Makes me miss Richmond a little more, and has me looking forward to whatever race I attend next!

Jersey Girls Take on Dover

I know NASCAR is not for everyone, but I will continue to suggest that everyone experiences a live race once in their life. Don’t judge it til you try it kind of deal.

Ever since I was little, there was always someone in my family who kept up with the races; grandma, my uncles, grandpa… there were a handful who had me watching as a young girl, and gave me drivers who I called my favorites. I did not really understand it then… and I stopped watching for a while. But here I am, two races at Dover International Speedway under my belt, and I can honestly say I am now OBSESSED.

For anyone who is a fan, or doesn’t live under a rock… I can tell you the exact event that made me stop watching the races for a while. It was February 18, 2001 during the Daytona 500 race. No, I wasn’t there personally. I was watching from my television at home when I witnessed Dale Earnhardt‘s fatal crash. It was a race with Bill Elliott (Shout out to his son, Chase who’s rookie season in the Sprint Cup has him driving the #24) on the pole, and ended with Michael Waltrip winning the race, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming in second. It was that race, that pretty much scarred me from watching the races anymore.

While I would occasionally catch a race here and there, and would still keep up on certain drivers (Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon were my guys!) I never really got back into it. And then, 2016 happened.

I suppose it was all thanks to my one friend who was big into racing. He kind of rubbed off on me, and I took it with stride. It was also thanks to my uncle who conveniently had an extra ticket to the Spring race that I quickly jumped at the opportunity to take. It was then, coming home smelling like fuel and being covered in rubber that I realized that this was something I could keep up with. The thrill was too good to pass up… and a few months later I found myself doing the exact same thing with my best friend at the Fall race (where I also corrupted her and created another racing monster).

October 2, 2016 was full of fun. We were lucky enough to have a double header Sunday thanks to the rain that hit the day before. Country artist, Easton Corbin was doing a pre-race concert that we got to go see and actually meet him. Then come Sprint race time, we watched Jersey native Martin Truex Jr. DOMINATE the track, while our boy Chase Elliott came in third! Overall, it was an awesome Sunday adventure, and I gained a new racing buddy in the process. Now, we look forward to the 2017 races at Dover, and we anxiously cheer on Chase Elliott in his fight for the Chase!