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Race Recap: Capital City 400

29 Apr

[Note: I was at the race yesterday, but I’ll recap my first NASCAR experience separately]…

After running in the top 10 for most of the day, Kyle Busch overtook race leader Tony Stewart during a pit stop on lap 388 of 400 and never looked back on his way to grabbing the checkered flag under the lights at Richmond International Raceway.

Incredibly, it was Ky. Busch’s fourth-straight victory(!) in the Richmond spring race. (The guy dominates short tracks).

Earlier this week, when I wrote my race preview, the race was still without a sponsor. Well, at some point this week since then, the Richmond race was sponsored and given a name: “The Capital City 400 Presented by Virginia Is For Lovers.” What a mouthful.

I’m not entirely sure about this, but I think the last-minute sponsorship helps explain why the trophy above is so hideous. It looks like it was designed by a five-year-old.

Anyway, congrats to Kyle Busch on his first win of the season. I’m sure he doesn’t mind the hideous trophy and was just happy to add it to his trophy case.

I’ll post a full recap of my first NASCAR race experience soon. (Spoiler: drunk college girls dancing on top of pickup trucks are involved).

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If you’re already looking ahead, the Sprint Cup Series will stop in Alabama next weekend for the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Race Preview: Richmond 400 (Spring Edition)

23 Apr

[In case you missed it, I’m going to my first NASCAR race this Saturday in Richmond, which is why my race preview is up so early this week…]

I Wikipedia-edRichmond 400,” and learned that this is one of the few races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule without a title sponsor (hence the boring logo below).

I also learned that Kyle Busch has won the last three spring races at Richmond, which is incredible to me. Can he make it four straight on Saturday?

They’ll run this one under the lights, with television coverage on FOX starting at 7:00 PM EDT, and the race itself starting at 7:44 PM EDT.

Below the logo, find everything you need to know to prepare for the race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Richmond 400 (spring race)

  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Track name: Richmond International Raceway
  • Track shape: Oval
  • Banking: 14 degrees
  • Lap length: 0.75 miles
  • Race distance: 400 laps / 300 miles
  • Pole sitter: TBD
  • Starting order: TBD

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I plan to be at the track pretty early on Saturday so I can take in the full NASCAR experience.

If you have any suggestions for me on how to make the most of this cultural experience, tweet me at @NASCARneophyte or shoot me an email at NASCARneophyte@gmail.com.

I’ll try to tweet as much as possible while I’m at the race, and I’ll be posting a full recap with pictures afterward, so be on the lookout for that.

Enjoy the race everyone. I’m sure I will!

Am I Really Going To A #NASCAR Race? (Yes).

29 Mar

Well, I just bought tickets for my first NASCAR race, and I already know it’s going to be in-sane.

Take, for example, my conversation with a friend earlier today:

  • Me: “Hey, do you have any interest in going to a NASCAR race?”
  • Friend: “Yeah, sure……………… as long as alcohol is involved.”

NASCAR and beer. They go together like Sonny and Cher... or something like that.

Another reason I know my first race experience will be “insane” is because of the warning posted on the ticket-buying site:

Children’s tickets (12 & under) start at $25 in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan. In these Family Sections presented by Virginia 529, drinking alcohol is prohibited. Call the Ticket Office at 866-455-RACE (7223) to order.

This warning leads me to believe that everyone gets absolutely hammered at NASCAR races, and they have to set up “safe zones” to keep the children out of harm’s way.

I’m sure that NASCAR tailgating is about as intense as it is at college football games or, maybe, even more intense. I guess we’ll see.

Since the race I’m going to is under the lights at Richmond International Raceway (April 28th), that just means even more time for NASCAR patrons to load up on jet fuel before the race (“jet fuel” = alcohol). This, in turn, will allow me to see their true colors and paint an accurate portrayal of them when I blog about this cultural experience afterwards.

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I’m really excited for the race because not only did I get a great deal on tickets, but I convinced TWO friends to go with me (or maybe the promise of alcohol did that).

This should be fun…