Just another week or so and the first race of the 2013 NASCAR season will be underway and I'll be sitting in front of the big screen with the surround sound pumping so loud the neighbors will think the track has been relocated to their neighborhood. Since it doesn’t look like I’ll be there in person, I may as well bring the experience home as much as possible. Does anyone know where I can find burnt-rubber scented incense?
Residents of central Florida are lucky enough to be within a stone’s throw of one of the premier tracks on the circuit and we get two chances a year to experience high-bank, superspeedway racing as it was meant to be. Earsplitting noise (both from the cars and the crowds), the overwhelming smell of exhaust blended with rubber, funnel cakes, hamburgers ( and don’t forget the turkey legs), and vivid colors screaming past in a three second kaleidoscopic blur; all create a sensory overload everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Nothing can compare and watching it on TV can’t even begin to give a true sense of things.
I’ve been lucky enough to experience half a dozen races as either a fan in the stands or as a vendor dispensing hamburgers and hotdogs to the hungry masses, and regardless of how I got there, watching the race in person has been some of the best experiences of my life. I really didn't follow NASCAR until after that first visit to the race all those years ago but after that trip to the track, I realized it isn't just for gearheads and wannabe drivers. It's about the drama, the speed, the pageantry of the event itself. There's nothing like being there for the invocation, the National Anthem, the flyover, and the command to start engines. The next few hours will be like no other experince you've ever had if you're lucky enough to make it to a race.
I sure hope some of you folks get over to Daytona for the race where you can cheer on your favorite driver or just take in the experience. Either way, I'm sure you'll have the time of your life.
Brian “Beastman” Eastman
White River Fly Shop