Brickyard in the Rearview Mirror

August 3, 2011
by Lee

What a great weekend of racing in Indianapolis last weekend that we saw. Before going any further on the action on the track, I have to take the time to give a very big thank you to Ken and Adrienne for allowing us to crash at their home for the weekend. Their hospitality is second to none, and once again a big thank you them for hosting us last weekend. I know I can say that I am already looking forward to next May and the Indy 500 to hang out with them again.

Let’s start with the Brickyard 400. After all the doom and gloom that was said in the last couple of weeks leading up to the race about completely empty stands, the estimated crowd was only 2,000 fans less than last year’s race. From my vantage point, I would certainly say that the estimate of the crowd was spot on. The racing on the track was interesting as well. Jeff Gordon showed why he had won four previous Brickyards. Kasey Kahne showed muscle early on in the race as well.

At the end of the day we saw our fourth first time winner in the Sprint Cup Series this year. Take a moment to let that sink in again. Fourth first time winner in the series for the year. In the last couple of years we have been lucky if we even got one first time winner in the series. Paul Menard kept his nose clean all day long and got in front at the right time of the race to cruise to the victory. It was fun to be in person to see Menard get his first win. Menard has always seemed to be a driver that races hard and never seems to get that break that is needed to get the win. That all came to a close on Sunday when the checkered flag fell giving him the win.

Friday night was a bitter sweet night for our group that gets together for the Brickyard weekend. We have made it an annual pilgrimage to go to Lucas Oil Raceway in order to catch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series run on the little track. The racing was great with three trucks being very close to each other for a long stretch of the racing battling for the lead. We all know that next year the Trucks will probably not be going back to Lucas, as well as the Nationwide Series. In the end of the truck race on Friday, Timothy Peters got his third win in the trucks of his career. A great run from Peters and all of the stars in the truck series last weekend, and we can only hope that NASCAR finds a way to keep Lucas Oil Raceway on the schedule.

We met great people at the race tracks all week. We got the opportunity to meet @halfshaftblues, a person we follow on Twitter, and follows us on Twitter as well. We got the chance to play some very enthusiastic race fans on our corn hole boards. Thanks to everyone we played against, cheered with, cheered against, and talked racing with over the weekend. If you got a koozie from us, please enjoy and share our web address with your friends.

Look for another article tomorrow night on recent news from this week, and a look forward to this weekend’s action.

Comments are closed.