The drivers' meeting was the first place in my four hours so far at Charlotte Motor Speedway that I encountered a crowd. In the very large room in the garage were kids, moms, dads, a guy with a giant red mohawk hair cut, a girl with a tiara, hundreds of cell-phone picture-taking fans and a large contingent of the military. There were drivers, too.
Before the meeting, several dignitaries were introduced.
The PGA's Bubba Watson received nice applause. NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre received more.
Larry the Cable Guy owned them both. Larry will drive the pace car before today's Coca-Cola 600.
"Git-r-done!" several fans yelled, and Larry flexed. He flexed before the fans yelled, too.
Darius Rucker, who will sing the anthem, was introduced. He attracted almost as much applause as Larry.
The Navy SEALs got a big hand.
But the biggest and most electric occurred when the military was introduced. Everybody stood and clapped and cheered. Everybody wanted to say thanks.
Cool to hear.