Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
Copyright 2005-10 Randy Charles Morin
Owned by Rapid Spiral Development Inc.
The racing starts with three track races.
The winner of the Thunder Cars race, Jim Beleskey.
That's me at the track. Note I'm standing only 10 feet from the track. Your not allowed against the fence, but you could be 2 feet away from the action.
Excellent beer and poutine.
There's a racecar tire changing game. Very fun. Not my first time, but I still suck.
JR Fitzpatrick's car. He was in 3 Nationwide races this year and finished in the top 10 twice.
Between qualifying and the race, there's an autograph session where you can walk on the track and meet all the drivers.
Boogidy, boogidy, boogidy, let's go racing boys.
Video of the entire field.
Last lap of the race. Don Thomson Jr passes DJ Kennington on turn 2 of the last lap. Kennington passes back coming out of turn 4. What a finish.
Kennington's victory lap.
His fourth win of the year. He finished the year with 5 wins and won the series championship.
Some of the cars that were on display. Kerry Micks #02 Dickies Ford Fusion.
DJ Kinnington's #17.
Summer Vacation, Day 30, August 16th 2010.
It's the day after the Michigan race. Here I am. All alone in the middle of the racetrack. I need a shower and shave.
Almost everybody is gone. Our motorhome stands alone.
Before we vacate.
After we vacate.
We were site 1 A 25.
What's left in the morning.
Garbage and port-a-potties.
Once last pic before we exit.
Vid of us crossing the track.
Thank you Goodyear. Good show.
Summer Vacation, Day 29, August 15th 2010.
It's Sprint Cup raceday at Michigan International Speedway. Vide of national anthem and flyover.
Giggidy giggidy giggidy, let's go racing boys.
Kevin Harvick wins the race.
Awesome Hot Wheels car in the infield.
Quite of few of us Ontarioens were there eh!
The infield has a few stores in the middle. Merchandise.
A fully stocked convenience store. I had a coffee every morning from here. They had everything you could need, except flying lanterns.
There was even a Coney Island in the infield. Oddly, they closed really early in the evening. The infield party goes on past midnight. They miss out on at least 6 hours per day of prime business.
We stayed on site 1 A 25. That's second row. First row is AA. A was 1st row only a year prior.
The stands clear out pretty quickly after the race.
A lot of the RVs leave the same night, but most will stay till morning.
One last campfire at the racetrack.
The American National Anthem and flyover at the Nationwide race in Michigan (August).
They also did the Canadian National Anthem.
Summer Vacation, Day 28, August 14th 2010.
Finally, it's raceday. The Nationwide race. The Sprint Cup race is not till Sunday (the next day). Keselowski dominated and won the Nationwide race that day. My son was quite happy. It's one of his favorite drivers.
Our RV site.
The carts that people bring to the NASCAR races are simply crazy. Check out these two.
A bicycle bar.
What's an outdoor sporting event with the Goodyear blimp.
Important! When camping at the racetrack, you don't have plumbing. Keep an eye out for these guys and the water truck. I catch them once or twice depending on how many days it is. So I can shower everyday.
After the race, there was a free outdoor convert. They had beer, but not food. Kids were hungry.
Nighttime. Time for a campfire.
My neighbor accidentally set his lantern on fire. Security put the fire out within 30 seconds. Really, 30 seconds. They go around in carts all night. He stopped the cart, grabbed the fire extinguisher and it was over.
The orange dots are flying lanterns. There was sometimes a couple dozen of them in the sky at once.
If you don't know what a flying lantern is, then watch this vid. This was the 2nd one I lit. Was a little nervous and almost blew it.
Some pics of cars on the racetrack.
Summer Vacation, Day 27, August 13th 2010.
Good morning NASCAR racers, from the top of my RV overlooking the track. Friday is practice and poll day.
Video from practice.
Even from the ground (2nd row), we could see the race.
Awesome National Guard tailgating setup at the entrance to turn 1.
From the infield, you can take the tunnel to the outside where the fan zone is located.
Reverse view of the grandstand.
Me as Smoke.
Me as Jr.
Me as Ryan Newman. This guy is wide.
Me as the 4-time loser.
Me as Mark Martin.
Chad and Jimmie stopped by for a pic. Loser.
The infield has several humongo screens so you can enjoy more of the action.
Grandstands are pretty full for a poll day.
Enjoying a beer.
The RV rooftops at night.
And what would a NASCAR race be without Heluva Good! dip. The store in the infield is 24 hours and well stocked.
Biffle drives by turn 1 in practice.
Denny drives by.
Eat something Joey.
Kyle's Interstate #17 car.
Elliot Sadler's Air Force #19 car.
David Reutimann's #00 Tums car.
Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's car.
Jr's #88 National Guard car.
Summer Vacation, Day 26, August 12th 2010.
After a 10 day break from our summer RVing, we jumped into the motorhome and headed to the Michigan International Speedway. We passed thru Saline, MI and did some shopping at the local Walmart. We had a last meal before our 4 day camp inside the racetrack at a Wings Pizza n Things. The restaurant-bar was very cool, beer was cheep, but the service was slow even with more staff on hand than customers.
The lineup getting in was crazy, but considering how many RVs there was, it was amazing that we were parked within one hour or lining up.
Video of us crossing the racetrack into the infield.
The high banked turns at Michigan. We were camped inside turn 1.
Michigan, unlike any other racetrack we've been to, is all about the tailgating camping experience.
On Friday, we stopped by the Nashville Superspeedway. The Camping World Truck Series race was that nice and the Nationwide the next day.
At first, we parked the RV near the front entrace. As you can see, there was next to nobody there to watch truck qualifying and the practices.
We hit merchandise alley.
The Air Force brought in a pretty cool car. Each front seat has a 17 inch screen.
Hornaday drove this truck two years ago.
This is Brad Keselowsky's new ride. Both my elder kids were allowed to sit in the car. The youngest was back at the RV.
Then we moved the RV to the top of the nearby cliff and we were able to watch practice and qualifying without paying a dime.
But before the truck race started, someone came by and asked us for our tickets. We left before the race.
They played the Canadian national anthem at the Carfax 400, Michigan International Speedway. I wasn't expecting it, so I didn't tape from the beginning.
August 16th, we went to the Carfax 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
This was another excellent race. Jimmy Johnson ran out of gas after completely dominating the race. That's the 2nd time that's happened to him at Michigan in 2 races this year. I can understand that he didn't need the points, so it was 1st or last. On the other hand, I don't understand what Mark Martin was thinking. He desperately needed the points to stay in the chase and ran out of gas as well.
The winner was Brian Vickers. That's the first time Red Bull has won a NASCAR event. I got to pick dinner, cause I predicted Vickers would win. I just had a feeling.
The Subway Jalapeno 250 is the NASCAR Nationwide race at Daytona Speedway, the night before the Coke Zero 400. We were camped inside turn 4. Here's a pic of the Goodyear blimp.
Two pics of the flyover.
And a pic from atop the motorhome.
Kyle Busch finished 2nd to Clint Bowyer. Kyle has been on a roll this year in the NASCAR Nationwide series, finishing 1st or 2nd in most of the races. This was the first double-file restart race in the Nationwide series.
This summer, I'm going to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. We are parking in the infield RV parking on turn 4. We'll leave Brampton at noon on Sunday June 28th and return July 11th. We'll likely stop by Hersheypark on the return trip. Here's the racing schedule that weekend. It's gonna be awesome!
Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Schedule
Thursday, July 2
2 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
4 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
5:30 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
6:35 p.m. – 8 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
Friday, July 3
1:05 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying (all positions)
4:10 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (all positions)
5:30 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session (Sprint FANZONE)
8 p.m. Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race (120 laps, 250 miles)
Saturday, July 4
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Grand-Am Rolex Series practice
11 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Grand-Am Daytona Prototype qualifying
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Grand-Am GT class qualifying
Noon – 12:30 p.m.: Grand-Am final practice
2 p.m. Brumos Porsche 250 Grand-Am Rolex Series race (70 laps, 250 miles or 2 ½ hours)
8 p.m. 51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (160 laps, 400 miles)
360 video inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. You can see my RV. About thirty-minutes later, I was in a NASCAR car going 165 MPH around that very track.
Last week, my family visites the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a must visit for any racing fans.
The racing museum is $3 for adults and $1 for children.
They also have a shuttle tour of the track; also $3 for adults and $1 for children. BTW, if you take the shuttle and want pictures, then sit in the back seat and take the pics out the back window. There's too much glare on the side windows.
I noticed they tore down the old hotel since I last visited in the fall.
I took some pics from the outside before I realized I could drive the RV thru tunnel into the middle of the track.
Then I took pictures from the inside until someone told me I could drive right up to the pits.
I drove up to the pits and took some more pictures until someone told me I could ride passenger in one of the cars.
Then I was going 165 mph around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway inside a stock car. WOOT! Next time I'm thinking I'll drive, instead of sitting passenger.
Richard Petty Racing Experience runs at 18 tracks across North America. For 109 dollars, you get to experience speed first hand.