Now Counters, this olelongrooffan was on my expansive cellular communications system the other night having a wide ranging conversation with an old friend with whom I have not talked to in way too long. She brought up the subject of my blogging over in the Hooniverse and I related how it made me feel good about myself that total strangers, other than those of you Counting Along With Me, enjoy my ramblings and comment positively about them. I don't mean to sound conceited but my writing style had gotten off to a rocky start over there but my fellow Hoons have come to accept it and even comment positively about it now. This olelongrooffan, due to my employment situation over the past few years, enjoys having my ego stroked every so often and with the Hooniverse and By The Numbers, that happens often. I used to get that from my job and it is nice to know that I can derive even better satisfaction from a more personal effort on my part. Thanks Counters. Sorry for the diversion but I Mean It, Thanks Counters.
So, anyway, this blogpost combines many images gathered over this past couple weeks and somehow, my host site decided to move around some of the images to where it thought best so please be patient as we move on.
If you have clicked on through some of the links above, you might recognize the pass this olelongrooffan got from thejeepjunkie was pretty awesome and allowed me some spectacular access.
Here I was standing on pit road observing the "Biff" having a prerace conversation with Jack Roush. If you were watching the Fox broadcast of the Daytona 500, you probably saw Jack come out to congratulate race winner Trevor Bayne on his victory while the latter was in the grass in the infield having gotten out of his car prior to reaching Victory Lane. Follow that link and note the NASCAR official in the left portion of that image. Each car is assigned an official and they track those cars like an old style coon dog. Nothing misses their observation.
Then back to some on track action, this time during a pit stop for the UPS sponsored racecar.
2009 Daytona 380, those powers that be left the Camaro pace car unlocked and this olelongrooffan got an image of the interior of it.
a relatively popular area. Yeah, follow that link and this olelongrooffan is surprised not to see a bright yellow Willys in it.
in this blogpost (Counters read the comments in that link to see what this olelongrooffan was referring to earlier with reference to "my ego boost"), TRG (The Racers Group) is crossing venues and entered NASCAR racing over the last couple seasons. However, where Flying Lizards chose to go race DPs in the Rolex24, TRG chose NASCAR. I had not previously known of this but recognized the name of the driver of the number 71 machine, Andy Lolly, posted above the drivers window. I am sure you those of you Counting Along With Me know this olelongrooffan struck up a conversation with the two TRG shirt wearing dudes and queried them as to whether this is the same TRG that runs Porsches over in the American Lemans Series (ALMS)? They looked surprised and responded in the affirmative. I asked if they were new to NASCAR and they mentioned "No, we have run a few races in each of the past couple years." I then asked if Andy had been their driver then also. "No, we just put him in this car this year." This olelongrooffan responded with "Well, hope you guys do as well with this Impala as you do with your Porsches over there." They both laughed, shook my hand, and said "Thanks" as I took my leave.
We had left the 500 at about lap 150 of the 200 laps scheduled and headed back to thejeepjunkie's garage to catch the remainder of the race. We were able to catch all of the drama of the last few laps via FOXSports and this olelongrooffan and thejeepjunkie, once again, realized the best place, after having attended a bunch of them, to watch a NASCAR race is in front of your back porch or garage TV.
But know this Counters, thejeepjunkie and this olelongrooffan had a blast over the course of those ten days but the look of surprise on Pride's face when thejeepjunkie told him who we were really allowed us to