Rain, Rain. Who Cares?
What do Daytona fans do when rain spoils race day? Pretty much the same thing they'd be doing if the race was going on: Partying.
As race fan James Ruda Jr. of Melbourne, Fla., told me, "Daytona is a party, with a race."
James wasn't partying hard, but lots of other folks were, and when NASCAR postponed the races around 8 p.m. Satruday, it just meant a change of venue for the hard-core fans.
I wound up at a little bar called Drifters in Daytona Shores, a block away from a "gentlemen's" club called Biggins. (Somewhere Al Bundy has a big grin on his face.) The sign at Drifters sign promised warm beer and cold service.
What I found was a good mix of locals and some out-of-town race fans shooting pool and jamming to a kick-ass jukebox. There was definitely a Kiss fan in the bar.
At the pool table I found proud Steelers fan David Frechette, wearing a Jerome Bettis 36 jersey, and his buddy from high school in Michigan, Doug Wilson. They told me that until six weeks ago, the two hadn't seen each other in 15 years. David just retired from the Army after 20 years as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief. He'd just done his last tour of duty in Iraq. This is going to be David's first Daytona 500. Doug has been coming with his wife Christie and some of their friends for years.
By the end of the night, I felt like part of the family. Loads of good conversation with new friends, pool, tunes, what more could you want. Basically your typical night in Daytona during Speedweek, rain or shine.
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