I leave for Daytona Beach, Fla., Monday, and I'm going the old-fashioned way. I'm driving. I'll take the backroads into South Carolina and pick up I-95 and head south. Along with picking up I-95, I'll pick up stories. I plan to write from the road Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
You can help choose the roads I take. Can you think of racing folks I ought to talk to, forgotten tracks I ought to swing by, diners at which I ought to eat?
I love road trips. The only time I get to be Master & Commander is when I'm in my car listening to my music driving at the speed I choose down roads that you and I choose. It wasn't so long ago that NASCAR stars made the same trip from Charlotte, but at faster speeds.
I have story ideas in Darlington, S.C. -- brilliant, huh? -- Jacksonville, Fla., and Daytona Beach. Otherwise, the trip is wide open.
If there's a story you'd like to see in the Observer, please send me an email at tsorensen@charlotteobserver.
Thank you. Many of you know much more about racing than I ever will, and you've offered some great ideas. Don't stop now.