Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Race Day Story

I was gonna do this post yesterday but my oldest human brother Jeremy had to go to the doctor (stomach virus) so Mom wasn't here to help me. But, here it is & I think I'll let Mom tell the story since she left me AGAIN!!

We arrived at the track so excited, our tickets & passes in their protective holders, safely around our necks. As we stepped out of the car, into the freezing winds & blowing snow, I thought, oh well, it's supposed to stop.

We walked onto the track grounds & I stopped to take this picture. That's when I realized I had left the extra batteries for the camera on the charger...at the house....3 hours away.

We went in, stopping at souvenir trucks along the way. Checking in at the hospitality tent was a breeze, we got our plastic bracelets & our goodie bags & headed off to see the sights. I thought about taking off with this car....really.....

I asked the nice lady when they would be coming to get us to take us into the pits & she said to me, "Oh, I'm sorry, they closed the pits early so that they can get the track dry." WHAT?!?! I'm not going into the pits?!?!? I smiled politely, mumbled something like "Oh no.", while my little heart broke some more. See I was supposed to give Jenn's (Tuxedo Timmy's Mom) email address to her cousin, who is Carl Edwards' tire specialist. He would be in the PITS! Where I can't go!
(We stopped to get pictures with the cardboard drivers here since that was as close as we would be getting to them.) :)

So, we have cold, snow, we're wet, no extra batteries, and no pit tours, so no helping Jenn..... hi Casey Kahne..

We went on up to our seats, spread out the blanket that we stopped at Wal-Mart (I can't get away from that place) to get on the way in. Those metal bleachers are COLD when it's 40 degrees! Of course we thought we'd be UNDER that blanket when we bought it.

But, look at that 48 car! He's starting close to the front & that's important at Bristol. That tent is pretty close to where his pit is & I'm in a great seat to watch them & make sure they don't screw up his pit-stops. :) The race starts & the cars are flying, coming around the turn, right at us, & you can FEEL the rumble of the exhaust all through your body. It's so exciting, watching your driver coming towards you, trying to make his way to the front. It's so disappointing to see your driver get bumped, just as he gets to you, where you can see it really good. It's devastating to watch your driver get pushed to the V-E-R-Y L-A-S-T position as your heart shatters because you've realized that those three hours that you've just driven weren't worth it after all.

Monday, when I gave the kids their souviners that I got them they opened up the "balls" that were in that goodie bag we got at the hospitality tent. Turns out, they weren't balls, they were INFLATABLE SEATS!!! Yeah, we felt stupid! Freezing cold, sitting on our blanket, while all along we had cushy seats, IN A BAG!
(We got a total of 7 pictures, 2 of them were junk, there are the other five!)

Now that I'm home & warm & not so sore I have to admit, I still had a great time. It was a good race, considering! Coulda done without that ending though!!

Ok, back to Oreo.....


Edsel, this picture is for you! Now, I was all ready to go to this race & they had cut out my eye holes & everything, but I was smart enough to check the weather before we left! So, I stayed home...where it was warm...& there wasn't any snow! And I had the camera batteries!! HEHEHE

PS: Tomorrow, secret paw gift pictures!!!! I gotted it yesterday!

7 comments:

Patches & Mittens said...

Hi Oreo:

Mom insisted we come to your site first. Now I see why. She said the race story was great, she loved seeing your picture. Good thing you acided not to go, them cars are all way too noisy for me, I hear them on the moving picher box when Dad watches them. Hurt mine little ears.

Daisy said...

Ooooh ..... it all sounded very, ummm .... cold and loud. For a kitty, ennyways ....

Maria said...

Oreo,
I hate to brave the cold. I think God created television and warm homes for sport fans like us who like to stay comfortable. Next time, invite me over and we will share chips and tuna dip while sipping catnip iced tea.

Snoodleroo said...

Go Dad! I would have checked the weather too! Why would you leave the warm house to sit in the snow? I mean if # 9 had won it would be a different thing, but for Kurt Busch I stay at home.

Edsel/The Pooch said...

awww, i wish you woulda gone, with those cool eyeholes and all. maybe they'll take you to another race when it's warmer!

utenzi said...

You played it smart, Oreo. That was one uncomfortable race.

I never realized how tiny your Mom was-- but cute--and your Dad looks like he's recovered from his medical crisis. You picked good "parents", Oreo.

Timmy said...

Looking back now, I hopes your Momma can laugh about having those seats in a bag right? LOL! My Momma's done stuff like that...and she says metal seats are killer on the hiney in cold weather, she knows a'cause she used to be the color guard captain at her high school and endured lotsa cold weather games...
Your Momma gotted a read nice picture of Jimmie's car! Thanks for the story Oreo's Momma! We've never been to a nascar cup series race yet...but shmaybe someday!