This past weekend, the MadeCreatively team along with Beasley donned our face masks and attended the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400! The weather forecast called for a sunny day in the mid 70s, but the skies started out overcast and gloomy (more on that later…). With the thick clouds hanging low, the fighter jets in the pre-race flyover seemed close enough to touch as they zoomed overheard then vanished into the clouds. The NASCAR trucks fired up their engines, our ear protection went on (Beasley’s too) and the race began! With socially-distanced seating, we had a great view of the exit of Pit Road as well as turns 1 and 2. It was an exciting race too! Passes for the lead, hard racing, trucks sliding up the track, a few brushing the wall and a total of 10 cautions. At one point, the race was red-flagged to clean up after a crash which held the field on-track right in front of us! What a great up-close view of our favorite truck, the #22. The race went into overtime and as the final lap approached, Sheldon Creed in the #2 truck took the win, locking himself into the Championship 4!
While the track prepared for the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 race, it was time for lunch! Munching on a sandwich and chips, we watched as the speedway gave Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer were parting gifts before making their final full-time starts. Jimmie unveiled a “Jimmie Johnson Winner’s Circle” sign above the entry to Victory Lane and received a pair of cowboy boots. Clint was presented a cowboy hat and two cap pistols from Buc-ees! Meanwhile, a thick fog which had been lurking in the distance was slowly creeping closer and seemed ready to pounce at any time…
With one eye warily on the approaching fog, the race’s opening ceremonies began. Jimmie Johnson’s dad was the race’s grand marshal and gave the command to “start engines”. The green flag waved and the field roared past! Again, the racing was intense – with lead changes, lapped traffic to navigate, cars sliding up the track and brushing the wall and exciting pit stops. Clint Bowyer had taken the lead and looked ready to capture a stage win, but the fog had arrived and brought a constant mist to the track, causing the race to be red-flagged at lap 52. The cars were brought to pit road and parked as the track-drying team got to work. Round and round the convoy of trucks went, trying to get the track dry. Hours went by as fans waited for news of whether the race would continue or be postponed. As night fell, the mist kept hanging around forcing NASCAR to delay the race to Monday.
The temperatures dropped and the mist set in on Monday which thwarted the track-drying efforts causing the race to be postponed to Tuesday. Another afternoon of cold temperatures (mid 30s, feeling like the 20s) and mist on Tuesday kept the track from drying out until evening when it looked as if the race would continue! Just as the track was almost dry, the mist returned and postponed the race to Wednesday. Finally on Wednesday evening, the race resumed!
Despite the weather-delayed Cup race, a weekend at the track is always fun! Walking away with Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski t-shirts as well as priceless memories of the day made it even better! We are looking forward to watching our favorite driver, Joey Logano compete for the Championship as well as the 2021 NASCAR season and attending another race!
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