Mondays after race weekends are tough. Especially when you have to drive 6+ hours after a long weekend.
This past weekend, I drove up to St. Louis to attend the 28th Annual MidWest NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway with some friends. Though I had many times been to Gateway for the World Street (Ford) Challenge, I hadn’t ever seen an NHRA race there.
Friday was nice and warm, with plenty of good racing. But Saturday, the temperature plummeted and the wind was fierce, delivering the chill straight through you. We looked like a bunch of shivering puppies. It is difficult to be at races when you have been sidelined like I have for so long now, but it definitely helps to network and motivates to keep the progress going on my car.
Elizabeth and Ashley hadn’t ever attended a drag race before, so its neat seeing their reaction to their first Top Fuel encounters. The power of a nitro car cannot be appreciated or understood until you actually see, smell, and FEEL one in person. TV, HD or not, just doesn’t do it justice. Ashley said they weren’t too loud when they were doing burnouts (we were sitting at the 1/8th mile) but when they passed her under power, she hit the deck!
Its a long trip to St. Louis, and I’ll be repeating this trip in just a few weeks for Debbie’s race, the World Street Challenge.