Charlotte Motor Speedway in the rain. The weather is playing the devil with our race plans here at Charlotte. The regulars are in somewhat of a concern mode as we have to get out of dodge pretty quick and get to Berlin, just outside of Grand ...
Charlotte Motor Speedway in the rain.
The weather is playing the devil with our race plans here at Charlotte. The regulars are in somewhat of a concern mode as we have to get out of dodge pretty quick and get to Berlin, just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan for a Saturday event. No small task, it's about 800 miles away for the transporters and crews. It was going to be tough enough to race on Thursday night, but now the mountain just got taller.
Yesterday we got on the track and turned some decent laps, I think about 14th on the charts. We aren't big on trying to win the warm-ups and we have always elected to concentrate on race set ups. This of course has hindered us in qualifying at all the levels we have ever raced at, but I have always thought more about the end result than qualifying. Years ago it wasn't all that difficult to run at the Cup level and we didn't worry about it then either. Of course nothing stays the same and things are far different on that side of the fence.
Qualifying got rained out and a handful of cars out of the points loop had to load up. On one hand I hate it for them as they try to break in, but on the other hand, the guys with the points are the backbone of the show.
The mood at Charlotte is almost fitting with the raindrops everywhere. Frankly, I personally underestimated how difficult it was going to be for Jenn and I to come back here after losing Eric last fall. Driving through the tunnel and coming up the hill was, is and I expect always will be difficult. Mom and Dad are still having a hard time with it. Jenn was going through some photos as we pack up our office for the move south and found some of Eric. She of course has shared them with members of the Cox family and crew and it is still all too difficult. We had some video of Eric and my brother Kevin changing tires at some events in 2000. They were some great times and really all we have left.
Lots of media attention is focused at us this week and all of the questions are the same. All are focused on the what and why's of last season instead of noticing that Christi Passmore is having a banner season, maybe the best ever for a female rookie racer in this division. Frank Kimmel has set sail in search of a fifth national championship and isn't even thinking about giving anyone a chance at his trophy. Shelby Howard looks like he has come into his own as a big time contender and Jason Jarrett is right there knocking. All great storylines, but not enough fuel for the media frenzy.
The ARCA family trudges on, but it isn't an easy task.