Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kansas Fan Experiance

Fan analysis of the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway

by Wendy Staley-Bryant

All photos by Wendy Staley-Bryant

My husband, Tim, and I attended the race at Kansas Speedway last weekend. This was our first time at this track, and we drove 500 miles, 9 hours, from our central Indiana home to get there.

Pre-race and introductions

A little background information on us: Wendy is 48 and Tim is 61, this race weekend was both a Mother's Day present and an early birthday present for me; my husband can be pretty cool. My favorite drivers are Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson; Tim has been cheering for Kyle Larson since Tony Stewart retired. We both agree that our least favorite drivers are Joey Logano and Brad Keslowski.

We arrived at the speedway around 11:30 am with all the necessary things for a fun day of Racing. We parked in the preferred parking lot, and were in the second row from the track. We grilled food and visited with the fans around us for a couple of hours. Then, it was time to retrieve our tickets at the will call window and pick up some souvenirs. We bought a Kansas Speedway hat for Tim, a Kansas speedway shirt for me, a Ryan Blaney shirt for our son, a Martin Truex Jr. coozie for our daughter, a pair of Kevin Harvick socks for my BFF, and a Kansas Speedway sticker for our race table. The bargain of the day was Tim's hat which was priced at $27.99, but missing the price tag. After the checker couldn't find another, her supervisor priced it at $8.00.

We had pre-race infield passes. We walked on the track; stood on the start/finish line, and then, on pit road! We stood in victory lane and watched Dale Jr's car go through pre-race inspection. We enjoyed the Parmalee concert, and were up close for driver introductions. Have I told you that my husband can be pretty amazing.

Our seats were 3 sections after the start/finish line, a little over half way up the rows. We were across from the pits of Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. The best pass of the race was probably when, near the end, Truex chased down Blaney and passed him to take the lead. The most unfortunate move move was when Chase Elliot hit Michael McDowell on pit road; his car was never right after that. The most memorable event was the Logano, Patrick, Almirola wreck. We watched as they cut Almirola out of his car and said a prayer for his safety.

My drivers finished 5th and 6th and ran in the top 5 all day. I can't complain about good, solid finishes.

Thoughts on the winner: I have nothing but respect for Martin Truex and enjoy watching him win, but was truly hoping to see a first time winner.

We stayed for the victory lane interview. It only took us 17 minutes to get out of the track.

My favorite part was Logano going back at the beginning of the race. Least favorite had to be Keslowski finishing 2nd...where the hell did he come from?! Nascar could improve the race by getting rid of the cautions at the end of the segments. Why not just throw the green checkered flag and keep on racing? Do these drivers really need the extra lucky dogs and free pit stops?

We couldn't have asked for a better day. The weather was beautiful and the race was exciting, but we will not be going back next year as we will move on to check another track off our bucket list.
Next, I am off to the Brickyard 400; may the best Kyle win! Last one there is a Joey Logano fan!

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