LOUDON, N.H. – A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Who really knows what’s in here. It’s the Morning Musings In The Midday Maybe.
Remember the days when if you weren’t on site at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race day by 7 a.m. it meant you were going to be sitting in the traffic jam of all traffic jams?
Rolled the final 10 miles down Route 106 into New Hampshire Motor Speedway at about 7:45 a.m. this morning without ever needing the brakes.
Sure, weather might have been a factor, but man it’s an amazing difference here these days.
– And speaking of crowds at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, this just in from the Sirius Speedway’s “Just keep the NASCAR news positive whether or not it’s even factually correct” department.
The tweet below was posted on Friday afternoon.
New England race fans still the best! @NHMS now officially sold out for Sunday’s race.
— Dave Moody (@DGodfatherMoody) September 20, 2013
At 5:03 p.m. Saturday New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials put out a press release stating that walk up tickets were indeed still available for Sunday morning. And trust this, a track doesn’t put out a press release at 5 p.m. the night before a race stating tickets are still available unless plenty of tickets are still available.
As of Sunday morning the track was still releasing bulletins saying tickets were still available for today’s Sylvania 300. So no, we’re not sure what “officially sold out” actually means.
– If you weren’t entertained by the racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday there was no way you couldn’t have walked out of the track not entertained by the folly over the track’s public address system.
First, has the product on track fallen so far that the only way to get fans excited before a race is to have an individual screaming for an hour over a microphone over the PA about how great what is about it happen will be?
Some of what else was heard over the PA on Saturday:
“New Hampshire’s own Eddie “The Bandit” MacDonald.”
For the record, Eddie MacDonald is from Rowley, Massachusetts. We checked the map, just to make sure, and it turns out Rowley, Mass. is definitely not in New Hampshire.
“New Hampshire’s own Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald ….”
Wait, he was just the “The Bandit”, now he’s “The Outlaw”? This guy has more aliases than Jay Z.
“Well that got his dander up.”
Huh? Really? Because clichés from the 1920’s really don’t get enough play these days at racetracks. Am I watching Boardwalk Empire or an American Canadian Tour event?
“He’s not pussyfooting around out there …”
Ok, we’re not touching that one.
– Apparently if you don’t wear an Affliction or Ed Hardy shirt on the night of a UFC fight at Buffalo Wild Wings you stick out like Paula Deen at a Flavor Flav dinner party.
– It’s kind of funny to think that Cole Custer, winner of Saturday’s K&N Pro Series East North American Power 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, isn’t old enough to buy his own copy of Grand Theft Auto V.
– Don’t think we’re going out on a limb here in saying Nichole Morgillo, who made history Saturday night as the first female SK Modified division winner in the history of the Waterford Speedbowl, is no less talented than the female who will drive the Go Daddy Chevy in the Sylvania 300 today New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Congratulations go out to Morgillo who was celebrating engagement to fellow competitor Shawn Thibeault before her big victory Saturday. Check out the video below.
– And the Useless Fact Of The Day brought to you by Mylanta: New Hampshire Motor Speedway will release 5,013 balloons following the “Drivers, start your engines” command at today’s Sylvania 300. And for the record, they’re 100 percent biodegradable helium balloons.
– It’s the message that’s become the contagious virus taking over all divisions of NASCAR.
“Everybody knows that’s not the way I race against people, but today …”
“I don’t wreck people to win races, but today …”
“I would never move a guy out of the way, but today …”
Here’s the deal folks, if you did it today that means you do it, period. You can’t pull the, “That’s not the way I race” if that was the way you raced five minutes before you said it.
Imagine the guy walking down the street with a sack full of cash saying “Everybody knows that I don’t rob banks, but today …”
– You have to give a nod of the hat to driver Keith Rocco and Waterford Speedbowl Late Model team owner Scott Fearn. Before the season the pair said their goal this year was to win their first Late Model championship together at the Waterford Speedbowl.
And they made that happen and then some with Rocco clinching his first title in the division Saturday night with two events still left this season.
– Speaking of the Speedbowl, it will be interesting to see how many of the 2012 champions from the track will actually be competing in the 2013 Finale event.