In 2001 my buddy asked me to go to the Brickyard 400 with him and a couple other guys. I went. Most NASCAR fans will tell you they were hooked when they went to their first race. I was hooked just watching practice from turn two of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I was reeled in watching the Busch Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
One week later my buddy calls me up and tells me his other buddy from Milwaukee got tickets to the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He made me an offer. Since I had a camper they would provide the tickets. I accepted even though it would be the second race weekend in three weeks.
We left the Chicago area after work and arrived at the Brookfest Campground across from MIS at 2 AM to set up camp. Needless to say the ambiance of camping during a NASCAR race weekend is much different than staying in a hotel in Indianapolis. I really like both but nothing beats an all weekend tailgate party; ah stories for another day.
The next day another group of guys with a pop up set up camp behind us. We got to talking and they told us they were going on after Michigan to Bristol to see the night race. Ever since that day in 2001 I have always wanted to do that, well not exactly that but attend two race weekends in a row; following the series from one venue to another.
This year the new schedule presented a possibility. The second race of the season will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway. So unlike the many times I drove through Atlanta to go to Daytona International Speedway to see the Daytona 500, I could, on the way back, stop and watch the races. Such is the beginning of an excellent NASCAR Adventure.
The logistics of the both of us making this happen was such that we won’t be able to be in Daytona for the qualifying races. We will be watching them on TV somewhere between the Chicago area and Daytona. We will make the rest of the races that weekend and the races at Atlanta. NASCAR dream fulfilled.
I get to fulfill my NASCAR adventure, what is yours? Take time to tell us about it in the comment section below and who knows maybe we will see you along the way on your adventure.
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