Day Trip, NASCAR 1st October
01.10.2011 - 01.10.2011
Let’s get ready to Race! Dover in DELAWARE
Part of my American experience plus a lovely Knock My English Socks Off episode was to visit a NASCAR track! I bought my ticket online and headed down for a 4 hour journey from New York to Dover and arrived at 12, ready for a nice walk towards the race track! I found a Pizza Hut on the way and stopped by!
Ordered my Hawaiian (some things don’t change) and a salad for an extra bonus, although that was a mistake, the salad bar was certainly nothing compared to England, the best thing there was cucumber, no breadsticks, no potato salad, no sauces, I was let down! Pizza hut has really let itself go in America!! Although in the nature of take-outs it succeeds, everything from the pizza to my chocolate brownie and my drink was available for taking away!
I filmed a little of the documentary and then headed to the ticket office, common sense prevailed again id booked the ticket for the Sunday not the Saturday, meaning I had to buy another ticket! Well done Dtodd! It worked out slightly, I managed to find a tout wandering around and sold it to him for 2/3rds of the price (not the best business but better than nothing!)
I entered the race track to find everyone wearing headphones, immediately I felt nervous that the car sound was going to be too loud for my poor 21 year old ears, literally everyone had them on! Nervously I headed way back to the top to see if I could be a little safer! The engines started, I took a deep breath and realised it couldn’t be ear protection there was a loud noise from the engines but not amazingly loud. I could handle it! They all were listening to commentary of the race! You couldn’t hear the guy over the speaker so they listened to a live broadcast! (thanks to a west coast American friend for that one!)
The race was fun even on my own, I made up my own commentary and picked a couple of cool cars to support, number 7 who had a sleek black car, he did well untila pit change left him finishing in 15/50 number 29 which was white and red car (no clue of driver names) who started slow but managed to do some great overtakes to end in 5th and then finally number 14 who had a neon green car, he was doing really well eventually moving into 7th and potential but I should’ve realised what green neon meant, ‘young and stupid’ he made the only crash out of the race, deciding to try and overtake just before the pit and missing the turning, hitting the side and spinning out, he didn’t hit anyone else just ruined his race, for some people that’s a good thing but I could tell from a lot of the fans faces that they agreed with me, wanting some fire or something!
I had some time to spare before my greyhound back so I went in search of a substitute camera, mine had sadly died a death and I got really no pictures of the race apart from the camera footage so ill take some stills from there!
I bought one in a packet for cheap! This was of course a mistake, it took appalling pictures and the screen was tiny to view them, all in all a lack of common sense day!
I still had some pizza left, which I started to eat back at the bus station and eventually shared it with a fellow waiter (another person waiting) who told me about his Brissues (brother issues) wanting him to move down to dover but him not wanting to on the basis that it was boring! I was happy I was only taking a day trip down!
4 hour bus ride back but the greyhound was empty but for a few people, I was kept company by a very fun whatsapp messaging conversation with someone back home, she knows who she is and thanks again!
A tiring day but Nascar was fantastic although its not something I would do again on my own, purely because the 200 laps doesn’t go down as quickly as you hope so you need more entertainment than your broken camera!