Archive: Fans

In the Superstretch Stands, Chilly but Warm

I went back to meet up with my peeps back in the Allison Tower grandstand on the Superstretch for today's Daytona 500. I've had seats there since they opened in 1998. Under the Allison grandstand, Duane Mainville, Joe Pagels and...

By Mike Snyder | February 19, 2006; 07:48 PM ET | Comments (8)

In the Infield, It's Springer vs. Hollywood

Eileen McComb's view from the top in the infield campground between turns 3 and 4 may soon disappear as long-time campers are being priced out. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com) It's David vs. Goliath in the infield. In this case,...

By Mike Snyder | February 19, 2006; 10:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

O Canada?

Canada and NASCAR? Why not! I've mentioned in passing in some earlier posts that I've been finding a rather large contingent of Canadian fans here at the speedway. I guess I should say the contingent's larger than I would have...

By Mike Snyder | February 19, 2006; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

From the Bering Sea to Daytona

I talked today to a fan camped in the infield who traveled farther to attend Speedweek than anyone I'd met yet. Matt Baird made the trip from White Salmon, Wash., in the Columbia River Gorge. Matt Baird, camped out in...

By Mike Snyder | February 18, 2006; 06:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Terps Driver Runs the Toughest Race

Sometimes it just pays to be lucky. Jim Long's "do" says it all. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com) As I was heading out to interview Busch driver Donnie Neuenberger, who was raised in Brandywine and lives in Edgewater, Md., I ran...

By Mike Snyder | February 18, 2006; 06:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Racism at the Races

Last night, as I was leaving Daytona Beach to get back to my motel, there was an incident that really disturbed me. I was driving west on International Speedway Boulevard, right in front of the track. As I pulled up...

By Mike Snyder | February 17, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (66)

The Princesses of NASCAR

Not all that long ago, NASCAR meant stock car racing, and NASCAR marketing was focused on cars, auto parts, tobacco products and soft drinks. But as tracks, sponsorships and Nielson ratings have multiplied, the "brand" has obviously opened up a...

By Mike Snyder | February 17, 2006; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (7)

Gear, More Gear and Neon

I wound up yesterday at Daytona 2000, a NASCAR collectibles store on South Atlantic Ave. Not just any store, boasts owner Gilbert Myara, THE biggest retail NASCAR merchandise store in the world, as measured by both sales and square footage....

By Mike Snyder | February 16, 2006; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (12)

Fan Photos

Photographer Jim Ruda, whom I met Saturday in the Fan Zone in the infield, got some great shots of Tony Stewart that he's sent to me to post. Jim's a photographer by trade from Melbourne, Fla. No wonder his pictures...

By Mike Snyder | February 16, 2006; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Horseshoes, Daytona Style

A couple of fans from the Cincinnati area have introduced me to a regional phenomenon where they hail from: A game called corn hole. Steve Broering andTom Rowe stand ready to take all corn hole challengers in the Turn 1...

By Mike Snyder | February 14, 2006; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (9)

The Nation's Busiest "Hooters"

How could Daytona Fan Fare be complete without an entry from the busiest Hooters restaurant in the nation? The Daytona Hooters sits directly across from the front of the speedway, right about where the start/finish line would be if it...

By Mike Snyder | February 14, 2006; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Lot of Black Ink

Michael Warfel shows off his signature tailgate. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com) I ran into Michael Warfel at Daytona USA yesterday. He was hard to miss carrying a bright yellow tailgate. It was mostly yellow, I should say, but with...

By Mike Snyder | February 14, 2006; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (3)

True Classics

Driving up I-4 to the Speedway for yesterday's races, I passed, or was passed, by a slew of classic cars - not to mention muscle cars and monster trucks. Race fans check out the engine on a '55 Chevy Nomad,...

By Mike Snyder | February 13, 2006; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Look, Don't Touch

Just how much access do infield fans get to drivers? Surpisingly, lots, though it's kind of a tease. The Fan Zone, which opened last year, puts fans right up against the garage area, where driver sightings are plentiful. But, although...

By Mike Snyder | February 12, 2006; 09:08 PM ET | Comments (13)

Locked and Loaded in the Infield

They take their 2nd Amendment rights seriously here, at least according to Orlando's NBC affiliate, WESH Channel 2. The station is reporting that bomb-sniffing dogs are giving RVs and other vehicles a thorough going over before letting them through to...

By Mike Snyder | February 11, 2006; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (12)

 

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