Headed to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend’s Helluva Good Dips 400 Sprint Cup Race.
Can’t think of a better place to spend my first wedding anniversary.
It’s my wife Jeanine’s fault I got hooked on NASCAR three years ago. Her family are big NASCAR fans and when I would spend Sunday afternoons with her and her family when we were dating the races were a focal point of the afternoon.
Before I met her I may have watched a little of the Daytona 500 but that was about it. The rest of the year, I paid no attention to the sport.
Now, I know the drivers, their numbers and crew chiefs and even who some of their wives are.
Yep, I’ve become a NASCAR geek.
Actually, I kinda go against the grain. I’m a Juan Pablo Montoya fan, most NASCAR fans hate the Columbia native. Plus I always hope for a good finish from Northwest Ohio native Sam Hornish Jr., but I almost always end up disappointed.
I guess what I don’t understand is NASCAR fans disdain for Jimmie Johnson and their love of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
All Johnson has done the past few years is win. And he does so in a humble fashion. He’s a helluva driver.
Junior hasn’t won squat. He won six races his rookie year and hasn’t lived up to expectations since.
If he doesn’t pick it up there’s the possibility he’ll be looking for a new ride in the next couple of years.
You can only live off your dad’s reputation for so long. Count me as a junior hater.
Any NASCAR fans out there?