April showers bring may flowers. This joyful saying barred a dark side Friday to the people of Nashville, Tennessee.
What started as a severe thunderstorm quickly turned into a path of damaging tornadoes causing deaths, injuries and the destruction of over one hundred homes and buildings outside of Nashville.
The Nashville Superspeedway itself went untouched, but the storms caused Friday's first practice to be canceled as well as teams in the nearby hotels being relocated.
Saturday however, proved to be a moral booster for everyone; giving a fan friendly experience that would not be forgotten.
The track had plenty in store for the race fans Saturday, giving them fun and excitement at this past weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
The on-track action started at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) Saturday for qualifying. It concluded with Carl Edwards taking the pole, and Joey Logano following second.
The fans day was not over yet, a traditional Easter egg hunt followed with golden and silver prized eggs hidden in the mix. The children who found these special eggs were awarded prizes during driver introductions.
If that was not enough excitement, the track introduced a new fan experience; letting the fans get up close and personal to the world of NASCAR.
For two hours, fans who purchased an all access pass were treated to pre race garage and pit road access; as well as sitting in on the drivers meeting.
Most know about the tracks fan walk, where fans could walk through a fenced in area by pit road. This new all access pass proved to be a keeper among fans.
"You get a lot closer with this new all access pass than you could with the fan walk through. This has been a different experience that watching the race at home; the sounds, smells, and getting up close. It was well worth the money, and I plan on buying the pass next year," said Larry Massey of Tennessee.
This was a positive experience for fans, but some drivers feel other wise. One in particular was Kyle Busch. "Some fans in the garage need to respect our privacy. Three suitcases of die cast cars are a little outrageous to sign," said Busch.
It might have been a negative experience in Busch's mind, but to Logano it was a pleasure. "If it weren't for the fans, we would not be here. I think the all access pass is a great idea. It brings more people to the race track and generates more money."
These are two different opinions, but the all access pass was a success among the NASCAR fans.
The fan pass experience concluded before the start of the race, which is where the concrete battle began.
The 250 lap race should have been named the Busch and Logano show.
Both the number 20 and 18 took turns at the lead throughout the entire race. Their periodic lead changes mirrored that of child's play; as a 'no, that's my leading position' or a 'sure, we can take turns at leading'.
As much amusement as that caused, Logano (aka sliced bread) came out on top as the victor of the Nashville 300. The winner had this to say on his first place finish: "I was able to get Kyle back there at the end of the race and get the clean air back on my nose.
"I know he was tight so that kind of made it worse for him. It was good enough to hold him off. It's cool to have a Joe Gibbs Racing one-two finish - that's a big deal for all the guys at the shop too," added Logano.
But Busch was none too happy and had little to say on his second place finish, "My car was too tight at the end, and made for a frustrating day. If your not first, your last."