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.
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