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Friday, April 20, 2007

They're off


"Start the engines!"The words are intoxicating when you are in the stands at the Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR races.

At the words, the cars are off, lines of brightly colored cars take off down the speedway. It is our favorite part of the race. Watching speed come to life.

Interesting, too, to know that names you’ve read about, like Jeff Gordon and Dale Ernhardt Jr., are wielding the steering wheels in those cars.

(We were once given nine laps around the speedway during a friend’s driving lesson. I’ll tell you, it is exhilerating to be going 150 mph and riding the bank. And a great gift for anyone.)

It was cold and blustery Saturday for the Busch Series O’Reilly 300, but hot as hades the next day for Nextel Cup Samsung 500.

Husband Paul Schuetze and I and Clayton and Angela were guests of Russ Friedrich and Dr. Marsha Friedrich who take their motor home to Fort Worth three times a year.

That is Angela and Marsha at the Brookshires Campground Store on the speedway grounds. It is a full service store.

This is our second go at the speedway and we are becoming quite the NASCAR fans.


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