🏈🎀 The five year old is playing football and the four year old is cheering so this past Saturday morning was spent in the blazing sun watching them.
🏁 I don’t follow NASCAR like I used to but I’m not going to lie when I saw the headline Dale Earnhardt Jr was in a plane crash my heart sunk. He was my first NASCAR love. I’m glad him and his family and crew all survived.
📺 I still can not get into this new BH90210. I was super excited for it and it had been a big let down to me.
🏰 I think we have created a Disney Monster. The other day we had some stuff for the kids so we put it in an old Disney Parks bag we had and as soon at the four year old saw it she asked if we went to Disney without her.
🌅 I purchased Where the Crawdads Sing, looked at it and decided it would be my vacation read when we go to the Outer Banks in October.
📚 I thought I was getting my reading groove back but not really. I think part of the problem is I have so many books I want to read I just can’t decide which direction to head.
As the 2017 NASCAR schedule is winding down, three races including today’s. It is hard to believe that after the final race of the season Dale Earnhardt Jr is hanging up his fire suite and retiring. I was a Junior fan before I was a NASCAR fan. How does that work you ask? Well I had seen Dale Jr on TV and thought he was cute, so he was my favorite driver, but it wasn’t until after Senior’s death in the 2001 Daytona 500 that I really sat down to watch a race and enjoyed what I was watching. I remember that week while it was yesterday, watching everything I could about it on the news and purchasing the newspapers, books, and magazines. I was in shock that a larger than life person like that was killed during the biggest race of the year. I cried tears of fear when Dale Jr. wrecked early in the next race at Rockingham and tears of happiness when Steve Park, driving one of the cars owned by Dale Sr., won the race. And the tears were really flowing when Dale Earnhardt Jr won the July Daytona race. I was excited when Dale Jr. decided to make the move to Hendrick and even more excited when they moved the 48 and 88 into the same shop, my two favorite drivers coming out of the same shop, they were going to be unstoppable, and for a while they were the it team. But then Dale Jr had that hard wreck last year, at Kentucky none the less, and the retirement gears started turning. It is going to be weird not having a “Dale Earnhardt” racing (and not just because of an injury). But I wish Dale luck and he is going to have a new little baby to keep him busy. And I know this does not been he is leaving racing completely, it’s just a little sad for a long-time Earnhardt fan like myself to see him walking away without ever winning a championship. And I know there will be more tears flowing in a few weeks when they race that final race at Homestead Miami.
I don’t get to watch NASCAR as much as I used to but I still root for Jimmie Johnson to win every week. It’s strange right now to have NASCAR without Dale Earnhardt Jr racing right now. But I guess it is a taste of things to come he is not getting any younger. What might have been even stranger is watching Jeff Gordon sub for him a few times. For me it was odd seeeing Gordon drive somthing other than the 24 car and subbing for an Earnhardt. I know they were teammates over the past few seasons but to me it was still odd.
Well Jeff Gordon’s last Daytona 500 is over and he did not win. In fact he was part of a big last lap wreck. I was a little disappointed with how the 500 ended but it is what it is. Not a big Joey Lagano fan but it could be worse. And it looks like it will be sometime before the Busch brothers are back on track. It looks like Kyle will probably be back before Kurt but we will have to wait and see. I am not a Kyle Busch fan, but I do feel bad for him, on the eve of the Daytona 500 to break your leg and foot in an accident and have to have surgery, wow! For a diehard racer like Kyle that has to be tough. This pretty much hurts his chances of making the chase this year. Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr were so close but not close enough to grabbing another Daytona 500 victory. Onward and upward, Atlanta is next.
Sunday was the five week mark till the start of the 2015 NASCAR Season. The Daytona 500! Normally this time of year I am on the edge of my seat waiting for Daytona but this year not so much. I guess it’s knowing that same stupid championship format is going to be there again this season that has me not looking forward to the start. I want to be excited for the start of the season I really do but I’m just not feeling it this year. Hopefully Jimmie can come back this year, maybe that will make me feel better. Him winning the championship would still not change the way I feel about this new system but I would be happy for a seventh championship. Guess we will have to see what happens this year. Maybe it will be Juniors year.
Friday night the newest NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion was celebrated. I never in my wildest dreams thought Kevin Harvick would be a Sprint Cup Champion. Well actually I refuse to accept him as a champion because I refuse to accept the new chase format. I’m not sure which driver would have won if it was still the old chase format but that is beside the point. If it was Harvick then it was Harvick, but then again it could have been someone else, it could have been Dale Earnhardt Jr or even dare I say it Jeff Gordon. I hope this new chase format is not sticking around.
Last night Dale Earnhardt Jr. did something in his career that his father was not able to do in his, win a second Daytona 500. It was an interesting day in Daytona. The day/race started off perfectly, but turned a little sour. After about 38 laps the rain came and soaked the track. It was after 8:30 last night before the race got restarted. What was supposed to be a day race ended up being a night race under the lights. And what a night race it was! After the red flag was lifted and the green flag was given for the first time it seemed to be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. show. The 88 car lead the most laps and battled multiple cars on multiple restarts to gain the victory. A few late race multicar accidents set the tone for the race But in the end it was the 88 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. that crossed the start/finish line first when it counted most. congratulations Dale Jr and the 88 team.
It’s my favorite time of year! Jimmie, Dale, Kasey and the boys are back at the track! Saturday night watching the Sprint Unlimited hearing those engines roar was like music to my ears! It has been a long, cold, wait since November. To me the Daytona 500 means spring is right around turn 4. It’s going to be an interesting season, especially with the changes to the chase this year. I can’t wait to see who comes out on top not only Sunday in the Daytona 500 but also at the end of the year. Will it be Jimmie Johnson? Will it be Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Or will it be somebody else?
This past weekend the boys (and girl) of NASCAR were in my home state of Kentucky. But the sun was not shining on “My Old Kentucky Home”. Friday night’s Nationwide race was rain shortened and Saturday night’s Sprint race was postponed till Sunday. In the end it was Matt Kenseth doing doughnuts in the blue grass. Dale Jr won the pole but finished 12th and Jimmie Johnson had the car the car to beat but a rate race spin had him finishing ninth. On to Daytona next weekend.