Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lets go racin' boys!

If you follow NASCAR, you know what the All-Star race is. It's the most exciting night in NASCAR. It doesn't have anything to do with points or championships - just money and bragging rights. My sweet sister treated us to a night at the Speedway Club to enjoy all the festivities for my birthday. Jeff and I had a wonderful time. 
Of course we had to take the very touristy, obligatory self-portrait in front of the speedway first. Then we walked around a bit and bought a few souvenirs. 
Then we enjoined an amazing dinner in the Speedway Club dinning room. It was buffet style with more food than we could eat! And it was all wonderful! I enjoyed the ham with a spicy mustard spread, chicken cordon blue, pasta, salad and potato salad. Jeff had the ham, prime rib, shrimp and mahi-mahi. 
Then we hit the dessert buffet! It all looked so good, I just had to try some of just about everything! Seven layer bars, brownie with nuts and fudge, pieces of pecan pie, peanut butter and chocolate cheese cake (my favorite!) and the cup cake I never got around to trying. I was stuffed! Jeff had chocolate cake as well as a few other items but then he went back for seconds at the main buffet!
Then we were off to find our seats in the clubhouse. We had a great view of the racetrack and jumbotron. We could see every part of the track and pit road. The clubhouse also has TVs so we could see what was being said and shown by the broadcast as well as view it live on the track. It was the best of both worlds. Our seats were between some very nice couples who had season tickets. They pulled for rivaling race teams and it was fun to listen to them and join in a bit. 
I have been a fan of NASCAR for about 11 years now and have always watched from the comfort of my living room, but there really is nothing like being there. A night race, with the cars under the lights is my favorite. And you truly can not get a sense of just how fast the cars are on TV. I figured out that because the camera you are watching it from on TV is also moving, it makes it seem as though the cars aren't going nearly as fast as they are. They are reaching amazing speeds! And all within a couple of inches of each other! Incredible to watch!
Then began the ride home. I live only a mile or two from the speedway but it took us nearly an hour to get there! The people watching was fun, though. All in all, it was a night (and birthday gift!) to remember. Thank you Sissy!!


Wendy said...

Great pictures! Happy (early) Birthday! The food looked very yummy!

Dixie Cochran said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time! Happy birthday!