Man Cave Update

We’ve been slowly updating the basement and this week we finally began to utilize the space.  There’s still some work to do (bathroom, kitchen, & trim) but at least the important part is ready….the new TV & furniture!

Before:

And after:

Now we’re getting to ready to host a few folks for my annual NASCAR kick off, the Daytona 500!

Cheers,
Braddog

Countdown

Each year at this time, I begin to count down the days until the NASCAR season begins.  Well folks, the pre-season stuff is complete and we’re only 5 days away from the start of the 2009 Sprint Cup season.  The economy has taken a bite of racing like everything else, so this year bring a  lot of uncertainty, new teams, merged teams, and only 36 cars with full-time sponsorship.  Nonetheless, I can’t wait for Sunday afternoon.  Heck, I can’t wait for Thursday afternoon’s Dual 150’s, Friday’s Truck Race, & Saturday’s Nationwide race.

Oh, I guess there’s one other countdown underway. Only 6 days until my Sprint wireless contract expires.  Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock………

Cheers,
Braddog

Let the chase begin!

After 26 grueling races, the field is set for the the Chase to the Championship in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series.  I’ve watched every race this year (albeit timeshifted thanks to a digital video recorder). I didn’t care for this format at first, but I’ve warmed up to it.  I’m looking forward to the last 10 races to determine the championship and I don’t really care who wins the championship as long as it’s not Kyle Bush in the 18 car. 🙂

So buckle up folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

Cheers,
Braddog

I could do that…

Last night, I got to watch the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway. This is the first time that I’ve watched an event at this race track since my brother and I participated in the Richard Petty Driving Experience late last summer.

My wife bought me two gift certificates for the “Rookie Experience” for my 40th birthday. That translates into a 6 lap on-track experience in a “real” NASCAR racecar after a morning of driver’s meeting, on-track instruction and the obligatory photo opportunities.

I took my brother with me and we elected to do this at Kentucky Speedway. Well, we elected to do it there after I nearly let the gift certificates expire. 🙂 My fastest lap speed was ~120mph and my top speed was ~137mph. I’ll tell you, I giggled like a little girl the first time around the track. We had a blast and still talk about it when we get together.

But I now have a whole new appreciation for what these drivers can do. I mean…Joey Logano was making laps at an average speed of ~175mph. Nonetheless, I still found myself sitting thinking “I could do that”!

Cheers,
Braddog