First NASCAR Race A Success
Rain & Racing Don’t Mix
The sky was dreary and small drops of water fell from the sky, but nothing was going to stop me from taking my six year old to his first NASCAR race! Of course I might not have been that enthusiastic if our tickets were on the cold, wet metal stands. But, thanks to Toyota Racing, we had four of the “sweetest” tickets at Texas Motor Speedway in the Toyota suite.
We arrived at the racetrack and stopped by the Kyle Busch #18 M&M car for a photo opp, before heading up to our seats. I think my 8 year old daughter was ready to give Kyle the day off, look out Danica, MC may be ready to take the wheel!
I guess Mother Nature didn’t get the memo that I ordered sunshine for the 2016 AAA Texas 500. Shortly after driver introductions were over, the rain began to fall on the track. Pit crews covered the cars and drivers retreated to their trailers. Which meant I had to find ways to keep a 6 year old and 8 year old distracted while we waited first for the rain to stop. Um, and after it stopped we spent hours waiting for the Toyota Tundras to dry the track with the air titans.
Go Away Rain, My Son Didn’t Wait 2 Years To Watch A Track Dry
Let’s just say I’m thankful my daughter the bookworm brought her library book, and that Toyota provided us all with Fan Vision devices. For at least the first two hours my son kept himself occupied with his Fan Vision, while my daughter read a novel. The hot dogs, chicken fingers, cookies and brownies in the suite were also a welcome distraction for all of us!
Six hours after the race was scheduled to start, engines started and cars began to lap the track. My six year old kept his eyes glued to the track as the cars completed twenty three laps under the yellow flag. I thought he was in Heaven, but when the green flag dropped ten minutes later and the engines roared by at full speed, his face lit up. He cheered his favorite driver, Jimmie Johnson, every time he watched #48 fly past us.
Third Time Is The Charm
This wasn’t my first NASCAR race. My first NASCAR experience was at the Brickyard 400 with Crown Royal. I watched drive introductions just steps away from the drivers. Throughout the day I spent time behind the pits, in the Crown Royal suite, and even outside Danica Patrick’s garage as her car was repaired. I smiled from beginning to end and didn’t think anything could ever top my first race.
My second trip to the track was at the 2014 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. I watched the race from start to finish on pit road and had a front row seat to the brawl between Jeff Gordon, Brad Kesolowski and Kevin Harvick. When my son’s favorite drive Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line first, I was in the winner’s circle watching the celebration. Each experience was amazing, but nothing compares to sitting beside my 6 year old and witnessing his passion and enthusiasm for the sport!
The Chase Continues: Edwards & Johnson Are In
My only regret, the kids weren’t able to tour the garages and meet some of the drivers. NASCAR’s biggest pro is the great access they provide their fans, especially the young race fans. I can’t wait to take Hunter to his next NASCAR event, and watch his face light up. A huge thank you to Toyota Racing for making my son’s first NASCAR race a victory, we made some great memories.
Due to the rain delay and a school night, we had to leave around lap 190. We weren’t able to see Carl Edwards declared the winner in Victory Lane.
With Carl Edwards’ AAA Texas 500 victory, he takes the second coveted spot in the Homestead race for the chase. Jimmie Johnson secured his spot in the final four with his win at Martinsville in October. Two more spots are up for grabs, and Toyota drivers Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Denny Hamlin are still in the hunt.
A huge thank you to Toyota Racing and Toyota Nation for hosting us in your suite at Texas Motor Speedway. We’ll be cheering for the Joe Gibbs racing teams as the chase continues this Sunday.