Friday, June 3, 2011
Chillaxin' during the Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Kansas Speedway
And then somewhere along the way, I kind of lost track of what I actually loved about them. Once I quit working at the local race tracks, had a son, and found other things to occupy my time, I stopped going to the races nearly as often.
Friday, BHo and I went out and watched some Cup and Truck Series practice at Kansas Speedway, and it sort of helped re-focus what it is that I actually like about this sport.
It's fun to see how much passion he has. He cheered when Jimmie Johnson came out to practice. He booed wildly when Kyle Busch hit the track. He wants to take pictures. He wants to pose for pictures. He wants to play all the little promotional games along the midway to win swag like can coozies that he'll never look at again.
As I sat out there this afternoon under the warm Kansas sun, with the sights and sounds of real race cars live and in person, with the faint aroma of rubber and racing fuel in the air, and with BHo at my side, all was right with the world. There were no worries, no pressures, no concerns. It was pure serenity.
I took a few pictures of things around the race track, and you can look at them in the slideshow below. But I wasn't working very hard, so there are also a few nice track action shots that came from NASCAR's media service and Ford Media mixed in there. Those are the pictures with captions. They're also better. This is probably the most satisfying, most low-effort photo gallery you'll ever look at from a major NASCAR event.