We got to the Cashman Center for the USBC US Open on Thursday in Las Vegas
and everybody was so nice. They got us set up with our bowling balls and measured our fingers and drilled the balls for us and got us hooked up with bags and other really nice stuff.
That was really cool because I haven't been able to experience that before and I didn't even realize you had to get measured for a bowling ball. I just thought that they drilled the balls and you just went up and grabbed one that best fit you. I was impressed with the fact that the balls were made custom for you.
We started doing a little bit of practice and one time my ball surprisingly changed lanes. That was a first and I was like, Man, did that just really happen? Just like anything it's a learning experience.
I came away feeling like I was learning a lot about this sport with each game (we played three). I had a lot of fun. Del Worsham and Robert Hight carried us through and we ended up winning the deal among the three teams of drag racers, and that was the icing on the cake for me. Although I felt like I was struggling, at least I felt we did enough to where I could get by and not let everybody else down. Every game I was improving a little bit here and there and the guys were all really laid back and didn't put a lot of pressure on me to do well, but we all still wanted to win.
We played against a huge number of real bowlers and I believe this tournament is still going on for five months. It's seven days a week for five months, and they have new teams coming in every day and bowl. It's a pretty intense deal. There is also a form of tech inspection. They weigh your ball and make sure it's legal. To me it was, Wow these people take this very seriously. There's no joking around. They're there to win and be very competitive about it.
I felt a little bit out of my element because a lot of times people come to the race track and you're able to tell them things and show them things about the race car. And, during this bowling experience I felt like I was more like one of those people coming to the race track. You just try to do the best that you can and have a lot of fun.
Now it's back to what I'm familiar with and that's racing the Shelor.com Dodge Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing at The Strip. Today we have two rounds of qualifying and it's nice and cool outside. That should produce some good numbers.