There’s not anything quite like NASCAR race day! Crews and I got the opportunity to take in the pre-race festivities this Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. If you’ve not been, I highly recommend you add a NASCAR race to your bucket list. TV just doesn’t do it justice. Racing assaults all your senses! The roar of the engines, the smell of ethanol and burning rubber, plus the speed of the cars as they zoom around the track, it’s one of the biggest spectacles in all of sports.
I’ve always enjoyed racing. When I was little, my mom and her friends would load up my cousins and I and take us to the old I-70 Speedway outside of Kansas City. I even made it to the Indy 500 back in the early 90’s. That’s one I’d be up for doing again someday. Sprint Car racing is a lot of fun! Those dirt track, fin clad, sliding machines are great! I love boat racing too. I made it the Lake of the Ozarks for “The Shootout” in 2020. We used to hit that boat race every year back when it took place out front of Shooter’s 21.
Roaming the garage area, walking along Pit Road, getting to meet a few of the drivers was great, but the best highlight of any NASCAR race is the National Anthem and flyover. Whiteman Air Force Base represented our nation’s military with the presentation of the colors, singing of the anthem, and the 303rd Fighter Squadron pilots as they jetted a pair of A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft over the track! NASCAR returns to the Kansas Speedway the weekend of September 11th. Start making your plans to be there! You’ll be glad you did!