Thursday, July 10, 2008

July 4th Weekend!

I haven't blogged for awhile, so I decided it was about time! I had a great 4th of July! My dh and I went to Daytona Beach for the Nascar Nationwide Race! We managed to get a pair of great tickets from a hawker for the infield Daytona 500 Club! He didn't know what he had, and we didn't realize how great they were until later. We just wanted to be in the infield near the drivers and cars.

The Daytona 500 Club has a beautiful building in the infield with Victory Lane right in front of it! It opened at 3 pm and we went in to check it out. It was so beautiful and the people inside the door gave us our "credenitals" which consisted of a red wrist band that allowed us to come and go as we pleased. We wore our tickets around our necks in little see through plastic pouches that we received from Sprint. Our tickets had large VL on them which we discoved meant that we could go into Victory Lane at the end of the race. It was very exciting!

After we went inside, we saw a beautiful dinning room and were told that dinner would start serving at 5:30 (free) and then we were told that there was a bar on the 2nd floor if we wanted a drink and some appitizers. We went upstairs and found a beautiful bar, tables all around with tv's with race coverage on them all over the place, and chairs in front of large windows that faced the race track, with a little bar in front of them where you could sit your drink. We got our drinks, dh had beer and I had Coke Zero, and sat and marveled at our good fortune! We decided to go back outside, and the bartender offered us drinks in plastic cups to take with us (all of our drinks and food was FREE)!

Earlier, we had watched the cars go through inspection and saw some of the drivers, such as Dale Jr., Greg Bliss, and Robby Gordon, come through with their cars. We also got Tony Urahe (probably spelled that wrong, but he's Jr's pit crew boss) autograph. When we left the Club, we went to where the drivers were going to be signing autographs! We got 27 of them and Kenny Wallace signed my white baseball cap on the brim.

After the session, we were hot and thirsty, so we headed back to the club, where we found food of all kinds ready for our taking. There was a table of fresh fruit with salad, a table of prime rib with potatoes, one of all types of seafood dishes, another with chicken, and tables full of all kinds of yummy desserts and coffee! The food was wonderful!
By the time we were finished eating, it was almost time for the race to start, so we headed back up to get our front row seats by the start/finish line in the bar area. After the race, we were allowed to take seats in the bleachers in Victory Lane and saw the burnout of the winner from a side we'd never been at before. Then he drove his car into the lane and we were part of the victory celebration. Dh was snapping pictures like crazy all day!

We didn't get to see fireworks, but it was a great day no the less! How was your July 4th?


kadezmom said...


Mary Ann, that just looks, and sounded, like so much fun. I'm so happy for you.

Aunt Kathy said...

Kenny Wallace, wow what a treat. I am going to go with you one day to the track, my first race experience was a nightmare, lol.

27 autographs and no Dale Jarrett? Boo Hoo, lol.

I think you deserved to be treated like a Queen, I am so happy for you

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