More About Mike

I've been making the Daytona pilgrimage, off and on, for 10 years now. The first one I watched live had a profound effect on me. It came at a pivotal point in my life and knocked me over like a new religion. (Read my posting on THAT crazy trip.) I was hooked.

Back then I was pulling for Ernie Irvan. I'll never forget watching from the front stretch as his hood flew into the stands on the back stretch about a half-mile off as he got caught up in a wreck. I blame Jeff Gordon. ...

I was also here in '98, when Dale Earnhardt finally won it to cap one of the greatest careers in racing, and again in '01, when tragedy struck.

As a life-long Redskins fan, I've always pulled for Joe Gibbs Racing. Tony Stewart's been my driver since he burst onto the Cup scene just about the time head injuries forced Swervin' Irvan to retire. Stewart's led a ton of laps at Daytona and won Shootouts, 125's, last July's Pepsi 400, but never the granddaddy of 'em all. Maybe this year, if we're lucky.

More likely I'll be cursing as I'm forced to watch Jeff Gordon - again - in Victory Lane. Or worse yet, Jimmie Johnson. (Sorry to be such a Hater; but feel free to add your comments to the mix, as long we race "clean.")

Over the years I've missed a couple of races because of new additions to the family. I'm a proud NASCAR Dad. I've got two precious young ones, three and four years old, and wouldn't you know it, they're fans, too. Just ask them who the best driver is, they'll tell you loud and clear: "Tony Stewart!" I'll be missing them while I'm blogging this year, and missing another Valentine's Day with my wife, but they understand -- at least they say they do -- that this blog is Daddy's dream.

For them, and you, my goal is to make Daytona Fan Fare worthy of the sacrifice. I'm looking forward to that. Thanks for joining in the fun. Let's go racing.

-Mike

By Mike Snyder |  February 6, 2006; 4:07 PM ET  | Category:  About This Blog
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2/12/06
Mike, Good you put that stuff in about the family. Hoping you would. Hope all your dreams come true! Mom Z

Posted by: Pat Z | February 12, 2006 10:31 PM

Growing up my family didn't take vacations, we loaded everyone into to motorhome and camped in the infield at various NASCAR tracks. In my family, NASCAR was truly a family affair. I became a fan in fifth grade and at 42 I still grade papers while watching races on Sundays. Since Daytona was one the family never made it to--the rents have since been several times--I'm looking forward to living vicariously through your blog.

Posted by: Patti C | February 13, 2006 09:22 AM

Thanks Patti C. My family wasn't into racing, so I didn't take to the sport until I was an adult. Sounds like a terrific childhood. Hope you enjoy the blogging.

Posted by: Mike | February 13, 2006 10:33 AM

Yay! Finally some Nascar coverage in the Post! I'll be following your blog so I can live vicariously through you, but maybe next year I'll get down there. Great to hear that your boys are Smoke fans, too. I've got three nephews myself that I raised to be Stewart fans, much to their Junior fan of a daddy's chagrin.

Posted by: Denise C. | February 13, 2006 11:17 AM

Thanks for the interest, Denise C. Tony looked pretty good out there yesterday. Pretty, pretty good.

Cheers!

Posted by: Mike | February 13, 2006 12:42 PM

I know racing certainly did have an impact in pulling you out of your depression 10 years ago, but I am disappointed that you neglected to give the bourbon and pain killers their proper credit as well.

Posted by: Bill | February 14, 2006 10:12 AM

Hi Mike! As promised, I read your blog and found it interesting. Hope to see you next year.

Mary Ann - Security Guard at the Media Center.

Posted by: maryann | February 22, 2006 11:21 AM

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