Start Your Engines
Welcome to Daytona Fan Fare, a fan-based, fan-driven blog about Speed Week and the people who love it. After you've gotten the latest results and news from official sites and washingtonpost.com, check here from Friday, 2/10 - Monday, 2/20, for what the fans are up to in Daytona.
Those fans would include me. My day job is Morning News Editor at washingtonpost.com. But for the past 10 years my passion has been stock car racing -- and this year I finally convinced my bosses (not to mention my wife, Liz) to let me do something about it.
This is the Year of the Blog at washingtonpost.com, after all, so it's not that much of a stretch. I mean, if you're a congressional aide and you're not playing for free at St. Andrew's, then you're not really trying, are you?
I'm banking on there being a whole lotta NASCAR fans who already come to the site to get other news and content. And if I'm wrong, I'll lose my D.C. privileges, my birthright and be banished for life.
I'm not all that worried. I know you're out there. Wherever I go inside or outside the Beltway, I run into residents of Daytona Nation. If I'm wearing my Tony Stewart gear (or traveling with my three- and four-year-olds who are wearing their Tony Stewart gear), it's an instant conversation starter. I've never met a shy NASCAR fan.
I see Daytona Fan Fare as of the people, by the people and for the people. E pluribus unum, baby.
I'll be writing several times a day and also plan to post digital photos and audio and video reports as often as I can.
I'm also wide open to your suggestions, so please e-mail them to me. (Please put DAYTONA BLOG in the subject line so I can filter the messages to a special folder for quick access.)
If you've got friends or family at Daytona and want to send me contact info, that would be great. I might have time to look them up. Maybe they'll have photos we can post on the blog. Or, whether you're at the track or at home, let me know what cool stuff you're hearing, and what you think I should track down.
Or, don't bother with me at all. If you've got something to say, feel free to Comment on any post.
Anyway, as far as the blog is concerned, the green flag has dropped. Let's go racing.
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