This past weekend was pretty unusual for us as The Strip and the Bullring were both empty for a change. We originally left this past weekend open in the event that a track rental took place and when it didn't, it was too late to put something together. It all worked out well though because the weather in Las Vegas was really weird, and our crew was ready for a much needed break.
Since I won't have too many opportunities to do something special with my family for the next couple of months, I decided that this would be a weekend of rest, but it didn't actually work out that way.
Most folks look at a weekend of rest as a time to lie around the house, watch football and maybe fire up some brats on the grill. That was our original plan, but it soon changed.
On Friday, some of my former co-workers invited us down to the MGM Grand to watch the U.S. Open of Supercross. My son, Austin enjoyed the show especially since it was the first time he had seen a motorcycle race in nearly four years. It was also good for me and my wife as we got to catch up with some of our old friends. I used to work for the company that produces the Supercross, Arenacross and Monster Jam events back in the mid-90's and hadn't seen some of these guys in many, many years. Austin was excited because it was the first time he had seen James "Bubba" Stewart live and was really happy to see him sweep Friday's show.
Saturday I attended my first-ever quarter scale remote control car event at Boulder City RC Raceway. I've always been interested in the radio control cars and had been promising Austin that we'd check them out. We drove down there to find factory teams and huge trailers from as far away as Washington racing on this impressive little oval. It was fun watching the cars in action and the craftsmanship these guys put into them. From there, Austin and I drove back out to LVMS to watch the Stars of Karting Series presented by Indy Racing League in the infield of the superspeedway. It was a great show and the cubic dollars floating around in karting is absolutely unbelievable.
The final leg of my weekend of rest came on Sunday. My two favorite teams in the NFL are the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers and it just so happened that they were playing one another and some tickets fell in my lap. I was able to find a cheap fare, left Vegas at 7 a.m. and arrived in Seattle at 9:40 a.m. My friend Tony Adams from Renegade Raceways (in lovely Yakima) met me at the airport and off to the game we went. I found out that Jay Livingston from Woodburn Dragstrip and Jason Murray (who covers drag racing for a variety of websites and magazines) were also in route to the game. It was like a Northwest Drag Racing reunion at Qwest Stadium.
The last time I saw these two teams play was two years ago during the Monday night game when it snowed like crazy. This time around it was a perfect fall day in Seattle and the perfect setting for the perfect game. The good news is that my number two team won. The bad news is that they beat my number one team.
When I got home at 11 p.m. on Sunday night, I realized how much I crammed into just a couple of days. I got to catch up with a lot of old friends, got to see some great events, was able to spend some quality time with the family, and got to visit my favorite city all in a period of about 54 hours. Oh, and I forgot to mention that our post game meal was at the Metropolitan Grill in downtown Seattle and the best part was that Tony picked up the tab!
There are lots of things going on and I promise that I will try to keep updating the blog with information on all of the exciting things coming up at LVMS. We're also in the process of working with a few of our celebrity friends to come up with some interesting blogs throughout the Fall Classic, the Nationals, the Lucas Oil race and the other shows so keep checking back!