Feb 11, 2007 | Full Time Family | 4 comments

Don’t tell me it’s not a sport.
Don’t ask me how I can watch cars go ’round and round for 3 hours.

NASCAR is back and the long wait between Miami in November and Daytona in February is over. It’s Speed Week! There is something cruel and unusual about the most boring part of the year (winter) c0insiding with the break into between Nascar seasons but hallelujah…the wait is over!


And pardon me for saying that the art of getting your car “just right” for a particular track and then racing it with 41 other drivers at 185 m.p.h. is WAY more exciting then watching big fat men in spandex run up and down a field after a piece of pig skin.
Last night was the Budweiser Shootout – a 60 lap, balls out race for a million dollars (no points are applied to the season – it’s just for the thrill of it).
Junior was smoking and then held steady around 8th place and with a quarter lap to go he was helping friend Elliot Sadler out with a little bump drafting and he got a little over-zealous and wrecked ’em both. No hard feelings between either of them.

Dale Earnhardt Junior is my FAVORITE driver and you only have to watch a few interviews or races to see why. He is just having fun. He is the most popular driver but the lack of ego is amazing. When he screws up he is the first to admit it while many other drivers will whine like little girls (Jeff and Jimmie and the Bush brothers) Junior takes it all in stride and if he does get ticked it’s for good reason.

So, things are looking up (besides the snow storm expected for tomorrow)…in about 40 days my first flowers will start coming up and before I know it I will be in the garden with the race on the radio full blast on a scalding hot Sunday afternoon. -Hey- maybe Joel will take me to the Chicago race for my birthday.

In the meantime, laugh at me all you want. My love of racing is part of the enigma (see my Profile) . A knew #8 flag is gonna be flying on the Parisienne Farmhouse and I’m gonna be screamin’…


Photo used from the official Dale Junior website.



  1. Amanda

    Yeah, ummmmm, I never really watched it, but I would have to say I like the men in spandex running after pig skin.

  2. gng10to7plus1

    I watched it too. Liked the 10 minute time-out to get their cars ready. Loved Gordy going to the shed. gramiamplusone’s better half

  3. cityfarmer

    Hey now girls….c’mom, men in spandex, men in jumpsuits with larger that life sideburns….more spandex..even where you can SEE the strap…men in, well whatever…if these were men talking , they would say that they are just the “all american male”…well, here we are with as many hormones or MORE…bring on the jumpsiuts and the spandex…
    at least we’re not getting catalogs in the mail with this stuff plastered all over the cover.

  4. UKBob

    Hi there, We don’t really get NASCAR here unless you’re willing to donate an arm and a leg to the satalite TV company but I have seen some when I get the chance but I am mad keen on motor sport and understand what you’re saying. Most people don’t understand the sport and just see it as cars going round and round but its as I keep on telling them the actual race is just a small part of it. Bob.


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