There’s nothing like race weekend at Dover!

It is hard to describe the experience of seeing a race live … and even harder to describe everything else aside from the actual race that encompasses the whole race experience. Yup, there’s more to it than the actual race, although the racing is center stage. I’ve only been to three tracks so far, my home track Dover International Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dover is a great racing track with its banking all the way around. Turns 2 and 4 are particularly treacherous¬†and the entrance to pit road and speed (35 mph) can make it easy to make mistakes. They don’t call it the Monster Mile for nothing! I love the racing on this track and love just being there.

On Friday I saw a guy waiting in line hauling a tire in a wagon to get an autograph from Craftsmen Truck series drivers. Then there was the Hatfield hot dog launcher in the stands — not a good idea. The sites, smells and sounds are just amazing at a race.

When the cars or trucks all get started the air is filled with the intoxicating aroma of racing and you can actually feel the speeds as the roar of the engines vibrate through the stands. It is very cool.

Oh yea, racing … so the racing has been great so far this weekend as well: the ends of both races have been noteworthy. If you missed it check out the endings for Friday’s race and yesterday’s here.

Today should be interesting. The track will be completely green because of the rain this weekend so it is the crews that can keep up with the track that will do well.

I’m crossing my fingers for: Jimmie Johnson; Martin Truex; Jeff Burton; and David Ragan.

Enjoy the race!

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