Hey there everybody! Hope the beginning of the holiday season finds you well. It's December 1st and there are only 24 more days of shopping for those presents! Yikes!! And no, I am not even remotely close to even starting my shopping!! I cannot believe it is December already...where did the time go? Better yet, where did the racing year go? This past weekend was the last big event at the track until next year. This was my first year to partake in the fun and festivities at the drag strip. The annual Thanksgiving weekend of five straight days of racing was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it rained the first two days, so everything had to get packed into three days. It was crazy, but I can't wait until next year!!
We had the Duel in the Desert event, which was a great weekend of racing. There weren't too many rocks that came flying up to the flagstand, but the couple that did, definitely lefts a few marks. But in all, we had a ton of cars and some great racing.
The weekend before the Duel, I learned firsthand, how much hard work goes into the racing at the drag strip. I gained so much respect for what everyone does at that track. I know what to expect at the Bullring or the superspeedway since I have had a few years over there, but I now understand what a tough job it is to be a part of the racing over there. Don't get me wrong, I have worked over at the drag strip before in lots of different capacities. Let's just say, those of you that have been over to The Strip, know about the water box. During the Lucas Oil Division event, I spent two days there. But for those of you who still have yet to come over to the drag strip, the water box is where the cars do their burnouts to clean off of any rocks or debris that have gotten on their tires while they were driving from the pits to the start line. And I wish I had a picture to add to the blog, but I was covered in so much rubber and dirt that I looked like I should have been working in a coal mine. It was very comical. It was a blast though!!
Yes, I am a circle track girl at heart...and always will be. It is basically where I fell in love with this sport we all enjoy. But I have to tell you, if you ever get a chance to come out to watch the drag races at The Strip, please do so. The racing takes a little getting used to if you head out to watch a bracket race (for example) - but the strategy that goes on and the sheer power that are in some of the cars is just fascinating. I am still learning each time I go to the track, so any tidbits that I learn, I'll pass on so you will know what is going on too if you are new to drag racing like I am!!
But one weekend wasn't all about racing. I spent five days with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews at Disneyland. It was such a great time that it was tremendously difficult to get on the plane Sunday night to come home! I truly have to admit, that it is really difficult to be cranky or grouchy at Disneyland. Yes, the lines are sometimes long, but when you go and see the smiles on everyone's faces...it is truly, the happiest place on earth. Well, let's say the West coast since Disneyworld is lots of fun too! It was great to get out of Las Vegas for a week or so and spend time with my family. When race season is in full swing, it is sometimes hard to take a weekend and get out of town. But it was definitely a great trip and I can't wait to go with my family again.
Now, it is time to get ready for the holidays. I am looking forward to my first weekend off from racing with a little bit of sadness. I love race season...whether it is at the Bullring or The Strip...being at the racetrack is like visiting my extended family each weekend.
So, it is now time for all of us to rest up over the next few weeks and be ready to go for another fantastic 2009 race season. So I will try to find something to keep me busy for the next month or so...I'll let you know next week if I found anything to keep me busy!
Don't worry, I am not turning into a straight line-racing girl, circle track girl through and through...I am just learning that any type of racing is really cool!