Got 8 ticket vouchers for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event that took place at the Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, WI.
This was my first time being at a NASCAR event, so I thought I'd write a thread similiar to someone who sees Raw or Smackdown live (they were advertising Smackdown being in Milwaukee on Tuesday, incidentally).
* First off, pretty reasonable prices for stuff inside. I've discovered that part of what I look for at a live sporting event is the chance to eat the food there. Prices weren't ok. I got a Footlong Corn Dog for like $5.50 I think. Also was interested to note that they hadn't switched to entirely plastic beer bottles like NFL, NBA, and MLB events I had been to. And also there was no visible cut-off time for beer, like the 7th inning in MLB or the 4th quarter in NFL.
* I've heard some talk about "start and park" drivers on here, and I saw plenty of that. There were 9 of the 43 qualifiers who quit before 30 laps.
* I didn't really know anyone of the drivers, so I was cheering for cars that had recognizable/unusual sponsors. So I was cheering for the Combos (snack foods) car, the Long John Silver's car, and the Incredible Pizza car.
* I noticed the 07 car made tighter turns that anyone else did. Most drivers would manuever themselves so that they were up against the wall on the straighaway (unless there was already a car there). The 07 had about a car length to the right of it, even if there was no one next to it. That car was being driven by Mike Harmon, who is not a new driver. But he did finish in 34th place, so I wouldn't say it helped.
* Oh yeah, there was an attendant in every rest room. I guess they just spent their time moping the floors and stuff, but I had never seen a sporting event with an attendant on call in the bathrooms during it.
As for the race, we made it 124 laps without any cautions. So I was keeping track of when teams pitted. The last teams to pit for the first time did so on lap 83, so I would guess that they were hoping to only pit twice over the course of the race (250 laps).
But then on lap 124 we got a caution when there was an accident involving the #28 car of Kenny Wallace and the #38 car of Jason Leffler. We didn't see much of it because it happened at the other side of the track. And of course everyone pitted during the course of that caution.
The #28 car was pushed from the pits off the track about lap 145. We had a lot of fun with that car because it's sponsered by the US Border Control. It later returned to the track in lap 173.
And then on lap 182 there was another caution, and once again everyone filled up. I figured people wouldn't have to pit after that because there was only 58 laps left. I have no idea what caused this caution.
Carl Edwards in the #60 car took the lead on lap 205 just before another caution that happened when the #20 car of Brad Coleman got into an accident.
On lap 212 there was a caution after an accident involving the #11 car of Scott Lagasse Jr. and the #12 car of Justin Allgaier. I think this was where Edwards solidified his lead.
While that caution was going on, the #24 car of Eric McClure coasted to a stop around the corner just in front of pit row. I don't think he ran out of gas because I could hear the engine. The tow truck that they sent out for him ended up pushing him into the pits.
It was anticlimactic at the end because Edwards had like a 5 second lead. That was enough that it didn't even look like it was in doubt.
All in all, it was enjoyable considering the tickets were free. I don't think I would have paid $36 a ticket for them, though.
Yeah, that Combos driver is a pretty popular driver, should have won again too. I'm glad to know somebody cleans the restrooms up there. The mobile restrooms(PortoLets)are cleaner and smell much better than the actual restrooms in Dega and Daytona.
Speaking of which it was Talledega where I first saw the mobile(PortoLet)Shower. Never thought I would see that day.
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