Category Archives: Racing

Daytona Brings To Mind

The first Nascar race of the 2019 season, the Daytona 500, took place yesterday. Motor Man and I went to that race a couple of times several years ago.

I shared this post in 2013, and since yesterday’s race, once again, brought to mind that fateful week in 2001, I thought I’d share it again (with just a few changes) today.

Motor Man and I were in Daytona for the entire week leading up to the 2001 Daytona 500.  A friend of ours with “connections” had given us passes to several media events being held that week.

One of those was the IROC (International Race Of Champions) luncheon on Wednesday. A brief background: the IROC race featured identical (except for the color) Chevy Camaros. Drivers from several racing divisions were selected to drive in the IROC race, and a luncheon was held to determine the color car each would drive, as well as his starting position. These were determined by the spin of a wheel.

Motor Man and I were seated at the table with Nascar driver, Jeff Burton, which was fitting, since he’s also a native Virginian.  The IROC race that year was sponsored by True Value, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation was also involved.  After lunch and all the wheel-spinning was complete, the emcee announced that there was a young man there (through Make-A-Wish) whose wish was to meet Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  He then asked Earnhardt to please come forward to meet and have his photo taken with this little boy; I think his name was Travis, although I can’t remember for sure.  But I’ll refer to him in this post as Travis.

Instead of just posing by himself with Travis for those from the media to take photos, Earnhardt asked all the drivers at the luncheon to come forward. He wanted Travis to meet and have his picture taken with all of them. Motor Man and I were impressed that Dale didn’t “hog” that spotlight for himself. I was blinking back tears to the point that Jeff Burton leaned over to us and asked if Travis were our child.

I wasn’t sure if we’d be allowed to take photos at the luncheon, so I only had a little disposable cameras in my purse. This isn’t a good picture, but I wanted to share it because it reminds me of the compassion “The Intimidator” showed when meeting that little boy. (That’s Dale in the yellow shirt.)

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I’ve blurred out Travis’s face, since, obviously, I don’t have permission to post his picture.  But I’ve always remembered what he said while the photos were being taken: “I’ve always wanted to meet Dale Earnardt, and now I have.”

Motor Man and I were in the stands that next Sunday for the Daytona 500. Since our seats weren’t very good, we left early. We decided that we could enjoy the race more by listening to it on the car radio as we started our trip back to Virginia.

We were in Savannah when Dale Earnhardt’s death was announced: 18 years ago today.

One of our first thoughts was of Travis and how his wish had come true.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Make Your Voice Heard

Now, doesn’t that sound official?

As I mentioned recently,  it seems that writing my blog sometimes seems like homework “these days”.  I’m contemplating perhaps going to no schedule and just posting at will.

So I thought I’d conduct a little poll, my first ever, I believe. If you would, please select what subject you like to see MOST here on the blog.

 

Hopefully this will give me the little push I need, so that blogging will be more fun than “work”. Writing is easy: it’s the subject matter that’s tough.

Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Back “Home”

As most of you know, Motor Man builds race engines for round-track cars as well as hydroplanes (race boats).

Our local short track, Langley Speedway, has been around for 66 years. Last year, because of negotiations between the owners and the current leasee, the track didn’t open. Life went on, of course, and many of Langley’s regulars traveled to other tracks to race.

But this season, Langley is back. The first race was last Saturday, but prior to that, of course, there were practice sessions.

Motor Man with Danny, one of our engine customers

Motor Man went to both practice days, but I was just at one. It was a cold, windy day, so the inside of the car hauler was a good shelter. Mark is also a racer and, while not one of our engine customers, he is a long time friend.

photo by our friend, Ashly

It was still cool Saturday for racing, but no chance of rain, which is always good. And the parking lot was full, with cars all along the street and nearby areas.

And the stands were packed.

Mark finished 3rd; Danny had shock issues and finished 7th.

It’s good be back “home”.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

A Winning Weekend

The annual boat race known as the Hampton Cup Regatta took place this weekend at our “home” course near historic Ft. Monroe in Hampton, Va. It’s one of the oldest boat races in the country, the first one taking place in 1926.

One of my favorite sights at a boat race are the roostertails, the spray of water from the backs of the boats.

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Boat races are family events, and friends of ours brought their three granddaughters to Sunday’s race. They made some new friends, and got t-shirts and autographs from David of Black Falcon Racing.  It was the first trip to Hampton for David and his wife, Jodi, who live in Canada.

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I think David has three new fans.

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Motor Man had a couple of engine customers competing in the two -day event. One of those racers,  Doug, had two second-place finishes in the 2.5 stock class, and the other, Todd, won The Eastern Divisional Championship in his 5-litre.

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Before a win is official, the boat, including the engine, has to pass post-race tech inspection.  Motor Man was nearby for that process.

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The following day, we were all excited to see a picture of Todd’s boat, taken during the race, on the front page of our local paper. We sent Todd back to Canada with several copies to share with his friends and family.

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Daily Press photo

Congrats to our customers for races well run…. and to my Motor Man.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Perhaps it’s the lazy days of summer, but blogging seems to have become increasingly difficult recently.  I know I’m not alone, since fellow bloggers have posted the same sentiments.  Here are five completely somewhat random thoughts:

1.) Our frequent rain showers that we were enjoying earlier in the summer have come to an end, and keeping plants alive is now requiring daily watering. Adding to my chores is this beautiful planter I discovered at Lowe’s this week. I think it’s worth it.

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2.)  Sure wish I could grow zinnias as pretty as these.

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3.) We’ve had some amazing skies recently, including this sunrise from yesterday morning.  There are some advantages in being an early riser.

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4.)  The biggest race of the year is tomorrow night at our local track.  The weather forecast for tomorrow evening: clear and in the upper 70’s. Sounds just about perfect.

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5.) Our family reunion is scheduled to be at our house on August 1. We’re hoping for nice weather, as opposed to this, the day of the reunion two years ago. (See Random Thought #1 above….)

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Happy weekend! Wishing you nice weather…unless you need a rain shower.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Friday! Randomness!

1.) If you see these on your grocer’s shelves, run, don’t walk, as quickly as you can –in the opposite direction. They are highly addictive.  This is our second  bag (thank you, Marshall, for telling us about them – I think). I wanted to include them in this post, and since the first bag was empty, well, I was forced to purchase more.

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2.) Last Saturday evening, while at the races, Motor Man and I had mechanical problems with our vehicle. Turns out, we needed a new alternator. But, there are worse places to be in need of jumper cables than at a race track. (I mean, it isn’t like we were at the opera ….).  A friend happened along with jumper cables, and we were soon on our way.

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3.)  You may recall the magnifying mirror/water faucet incident of a few weeks ago. I’m happy (and relieved) to report that the Dare County Water Department reduced our bill from a hefty $419  to $153. They probably had a good chuckle about what happened.

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4.) Motor Man and I have a recliner in our bedroom, and I’m usually the one who sits there. Wednesday evening, I was at our desk, using the computer, so he was in the recliner.  A little later, I referred to it as “my recliner”.  I went down the hall and when I returned, I saw this sign on the chair back. Once a little boy, always a little boy….

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5.) Last night, we finally had our friend, Shirley’s, birthday celebration.  It was postponed from February, when a snow storm interfered with our original plans. A GREAT time was had by all – including Sundae.

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Hope all your randoms this week are good ones.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

The first (Random Five) Friday of April!

1.) “Sunshine On My Shoulder” was my first thought when I spotted Sundae on her window seat early Wednesday morning.

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2.) Yesterday, I “babysat” my friend’s great-niece, who will be five next month. We had a fun afternoon, alternating playing inside with stickers and outside with bubbles.  She told me a couple of times that I was a great baby-sitter. And just before her mom came to pick her up, she said to me: “We’ve had a fun afternoon.”.  Nothing like a compliment from a child to warm your heart.

3.) I missed Tuesday’s sunset by seconds.

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4.) Racing begins this weekend at our local short track; time to start those engines…

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5.) Sunday afternoon, we’ll be gathering with Motor Man’s family for Easter. I’m bringing deviled eggs; perhaps I’ll try the pastel colors again like I did a couple of years ago.

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 Wishing you all a special Easter weekend.

~These Days Of  Mine~