One way to tell that you’re getting very close to Daytona International Speedway: You pull into a lot to turn around and see a sign that says, PARKING $60. You turn around.
One way to tell you’re old: A sponsor promotes an appearance at the race track by actress and star Amy Smart and you have no idea who she is. You know only that she’s an actress and a star.
The coldest I’ve been this winter was in Tempe, Ariz., the day after the Super Bowl. And I’ve been in Minneapolis. The Valley of the Sun was a myth. The Valley part, Phoenix nailed. It’s the Sun that’s pretend.
The second coldest I’ve been was Thursday morning in Daytona Beach. There’s a guy at the track selling frozen drinks. On this day, even the warm drinks are cold. Florida and Arizona seduce you with promises of warmth and you believe it and so when they hit you with less than civilized temperatures you feel like Jack Frost.
If you want me to believe in global warming, you have to earn it. Be there for me, Al Gore. I didn’t bring a coat.
Have you heard Kyle Petty on PRN? He’s smart, he has presence and he’s funny. Several drivers were introduced Wednesday night at the network’s stage at Volusia Mall. Before fans could boo, Petty told them they were in a boo-free zone. So they didn’t.
NASCAR fans produce more moustaches than fans of any other sport. At football and basketball games, on the street or in the mall, you don’t see a lot of moustaches. But at the race track they are almost as common as bags of free stuff.
What do you think would have happened if instead of a moustache Dale Earnhardt had worn a beard?
NASCAR fans would lead sports in the production of beards.