Forecast: High 73 Low 55
I can’t explain it but I continue to have the feeling of great excitement about going to a dirt track race especially when the Lucas Oil Dirt Series cars are racing. This morning, although I was awakened way too early by the sounds of a meowing cat crying for her breakfast, I had the feeling like a child’s giddy anticipation. My entire morning conversation revolved around last night’s race and what I read about the lineup, sequence of events, the final results and the expectations for the race tonight. It was way too cold to be in the stands last night but the weather is better today so off we went to the track!
We arrived at the track shortly after 3:00pm. The place was a beehive of activity with everybody preparing for the evening race. The gates to the grandstands were open so were able to go in and pick our spot. The prime places (the seats located on the aisle and highest in the stands) were already marked off by other people with an assortment of blankets, duct taped plastic, stadium seats, and any other method to “hold” a place. We chose our location and put down our stadium pads to mark our spot. We then wandered through the vendors or just sat watching people until the track officials cleared the stands and opened the admissions office around 4:30pm.
The line for tickets was not too long since it was still early so we were able to get through that fairly quickly. Then we had to stand in line for a while until they opened the gates. Once the gates were opened we went back to our seats and watched the flood of people coming in and filling the grandstand.
The race was fantastic as usual but tonight was especially exciting to watch as the final winner was a 15 year old, Tyler Reddick, from California and it was his first win with the Lucas Oil Dirt Series. We watched him last year so it was quite a thrill to witness his first win.
Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and cold so we don’t plan to go the races but we’re watching the weather very closely and will go to the next race if the weather is good.