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Sun, 22 Aug 2010 06:15:21 GMT
Leaving Pocono

Summer Vacation, Day 25, August 2nd 2010.

The morning after the big race. The RV is a mess.

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Actually, the entire Pocono infield is a mess.

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In fact, I'm a mess.

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I can't believe we got a fenceline RV spot two years running. Last year, we stayed in spot 6.

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Before I started packing up. At this point, there's on a few dozen RVs left in the infield.

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Leaving via the tunnel in turn 2.

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Video leaving thru the tunnel. At the very end of the vid, my mirror hits the sidedoor. "Oh Jezz!"

On the way home, we drive right by The Glen, the next race. The two Sprint trucks pulling off followed us from Pocono.

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And then we went home and the vacation was temporarily over :_(

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 16:04:51 GMT
Pocono Raceday

Summer Vacation, Day 24, August 1st 2010.

It rained a bit at the start of the race and delayed it a half hour. The person in front of me packed up their RV and took off. I pulled into their fenceline spot. Last year, we were in spot 6. This year, fenceline spot 7.

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From row seats.

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Jimmie sucks! Just like my Leafs.

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I think my awning needs some major repairs.

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The Biff won the race. His victory celebration.

Supper time. I love charcoaling.

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Then we shared a campfire with the neighbors. I had so much wood left. Needed to burn it.

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Sat, 21 Aug 2010 06:52:06 GMT
Pocono Truck Racing

Summer Vacation, Day 23, July 31st 2010.

The Saturday of the Pocono weekend was the 1st Camping World Truck race held there. Big day. But let's start with breakfast. Like my setup? That's my propane grill on top of my mounted dual purpose firepit-charcoal grill. I have it all.

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I refer to my kids as ABC (their 1st initials), so when we say ABC hashbrowns, we bought in.

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Gotta love this bar slash golf cart. NASCAR fans have the greatest golf carts.

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View from the rooftops. Some of these rooftop contraptions are amazing.

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Let's go truck race.

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My tat. LOL! Temp. Lame. FAIL!

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Awesome M&M golf carts.

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The neighbors on the corner had the Nationwide race on TV for all to watch. My kids took advantage. These neighbors always occupy the same spot opposite fenceline site #1.

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They also host beer pong and flip cup games. I rock at flip cup. After the guys lost about six games in-a-row, I showed them a couple tricks, joined in and we kicked the girls asses. I hit my 1st and only flip. I'm king of flip cup. I would've played longer, but I had the three kids.

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Pics of all the Spring Cup favs during practice earlier in the day.

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Sat, 21 Aug 2010 06:21:52 GMT
Truck Crash at Pocono

I was so excited that they crashed right in front of us on turn 3 that the camera work was a little shaky. The drive is #21 Donny Lia. He finished the race in 22nd place on the lead lap.

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:33:35 GMT
Pocono Friday

Summer Vacation, Day 22, July 30th 2010.

Nothing like waking up in the middle of a racetrack to the noise of cars going up to 200 mph.

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View from the top of my RV.

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This is the Camaro with hydromatic transmission on display in the Chevy area. WTF!? That is so ghey. That's a dual automatic-standard transmission where you change gears using a touch switch behind the steering wheel. What is the point of that? Give me a clutch or go home.

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The Sprint Cup on display at the Sprint booth.

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Check out the sunset. I'm living it.

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Fri, 20 Aug 2010 03:10:55 GMT
Arriving at Pocono

Summer Vacation, Day 21, July 29th 2010.

I started the day with some Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Couldn't find Starbucks. I don't remember the last time I went to Dunkins. It was good coffee, not Starbucks.

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Oddly, both Sunoco gas stations we passed were closed. I guess they were using the fuel for the race. LOL

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That's Denny Hamlin's rig in front of us. He was moving at 80+ mph. I didn't realize it was his truck until it was almost too late to take a pic.

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Going from Allentown to the racetrack, we go thru Lehigh Tunnel. I love tunnels.

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Our turn off.

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My setup. I park on a spot inside turn 3 immediately across from fenceline sites 7 and 8. It's always the same people in the area. Great people.

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The SpeedTV setup in the infield.

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The kids love the corn dogs here.

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Coco Bongos is there every year. Directly in front of the tunnel of turn 2 (the tunnel turn). Your drink is put inside a coconut character head. If you bring back the coconut, then it's cheap, but we always forget them back home and end up buying another.

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Brent Cross unloading and working on his car down by turn 1. My son and I walked right up to them and watched. Too cool!

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The trucks pulling-in on Thursday. You can walk right up to the rigs. They line up on the infield near turn 2 for a truck wash.

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Campfire and good night. 1st night at Pocono.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:24:33 GMT
Fenceline View at Pocono

Fenceline view, inside turn 4, of Denny Hamlin winning the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono racetrack.

I need a better video camera.

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 15:38:13 GMT
Fence Line at Pocono

Because of the rain out on Sunday, we had fence line seating at the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 3rd.

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Also because of the rain out, all infield guest were allowed in the pit area, grandstand and fan zone. No charge. You could sit feet behind the pit areas.

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Unfortunately, Nextel had closed down there usually free WiFi area in the fan zone and left. How was I gonna get my work done? I walked around the fan zone for 20 minutes before I found an open signal coming called T88. I assumed that meant Team 88 (a Dale Jr trailer?). I found it. Thanks to Dale Jr and team for letting me work for an hour before the race outside their merchant trailer.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2009 04:44:00 GMT
The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

Sunday August 2nd at Pocono raceway was good, bad and awesome. The good was that it didn't rain much in the after. The bad was that the race was postponed anyways because there was so much rain in the previous week that they couldn't dry the track. The awesome was that the person across the path from us left and gave us his fence-line site.

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Check out the pond just down the path from us. Kids were running their bikes thru it and older kids were running their 4x4s thru.

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Tue, 11 Aug 2009 00:14:10 GMT
Pocono Raceway Fireworks

The fireworks at the Pocono August race weekend were only 15 minutes this year. I remember them being much better and much longer last year. Blame the recession.

Part 1 above is the first 10 minutes and Part 2 are the final 5 minutes.

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:49:16 GMT
Final Lap of ARCA 200 at Pocono

Video of the final lap, ARCA 200 at Pocono, from the grandstand.

The PA system incorrect told the crowd the race had ended the lap previous. Confused the crowd.

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:26:42 GMT
ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway

Saturday morning, August 1st was final practice for the Pennsylvania 500. On the first lap and before we had finished breakfast, Tony Stewart hit the wall in turn 3 (where we were).

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Saturday was also the Pennsylvania ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway. We had infield seats for the weekend, but everybody from the infield was allowed in the pit area, grandstand and fan fair (no cost).

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I have to thank Sprint Nextel for the free Internet. This allowed me to catch up on my emails and maintaining the Talk-Sports website.

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It had been raining all weekend and both (ARCA and Sprint) Friday qualifying sessions were cancelled. Our own RV site was overwhelmed with water and we moved our RV to occupy the dry spot of two adjacent sites.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:51:04 GMT
Coco Bongos

My wife and kids loved Coco Bongos inside Pocono Raceway. Basically, you buy one of the carved coconut shells, which comes with one refill. You can buy more refills as needed.  They had all the flavors, many of them twice.

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This was the second year we've been to Pocono and Coco Bongos was there each year. The vendor also goes to other racetracks and events.

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:46:19 GMT
Inside Pocono Raceway

Once inside the Pocono Raceway, your options compared to other tracks like Daytona, become very limited. The raceway is in the middle of nowhere, so walking outside and around the track isn't very fun at all. It's surrounded by forest. Inside the track, there is some entertainment, but very little.

They had a Bacardi tent that served alcohol, a stage where they played blue-grass Friday and Saturday nights, some discount NASCAR shopping tents, Gyro hut, Coco Bongos (virgin mixed drinks), the SpeedTV stage, a Kid's Zone. Some pics attached.

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We had about 3-4 gyros, a half dozen virgin mixed drinks, a half dozen corn dogs. We walked back and forth from the entertainment area about twice daily. You have to make your own fun to fill the gaps.

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 14:34:51 GMT
Entering Pocono Raceway

Last weekend, we attended the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway, a.k.a. the Pennsylvania 500. The next two pics are of us in the tunnel (under the track) and coming out of the tunnel inside the raceway.

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It had been raining all week and the infield had more than one unplanned pond.

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We parked in the 2nd row of RVs in turn 3 (the money turn).

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Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:27:40 GMT
Sprint FanView

If you are ever at a NASCAR event, then I recommend the Sprint FanView. From your RV or seat, you can only see what's immediately in front of you.

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The FanView gives you the same video that you would get at home from the comfort of your couch. It's also got several in-car views and audio from all the drivers/pitcrews. If you are in your RV, then bring along some speakers and you can blast it for your entire family/group to hear. I rented two headsets, but we rarely used more than just the one. We were located directly next to PA system speakers, so we didn't actually need volume, as the PA was blasting the same audio as the FanView.

Last year at Pocono, we rented the audio only version. I don't recommend those. The FanView is a bit more expensive ($50 for the weekend) and completely worth it. You don't have to return the FanView immediately after the race. You can return it the next day at any UPS Store. This frees you up to party after the race.

http://www.sprintfanview.com/

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