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THE RACES

As stated, I've been to two NASCAR races, both being at Kansas Speedway. The first was October 2011, the Hollywood Casino 400, this was honestly a bit more of a lackluster race to attend for my first time. I attended it with my dad and uncle. It was hot, there was very little cloud cover along with no wind other than the wind coming from the cars as they zoomed by. This was also back when Kansas had long green flag runs before it was repaved after the 2012 Spring race. At the time, Jimmie Johnson won the race, he was disliked for a while since he was going for his sixth championship in a row. I was among the many that were not happy with his win despite it was only his second that season. Only to make matters worse, my favorite driver, Jeff Gordon, didn't finish thanks to a blown engine right at the end of the race.

 
Race number two fared much better. This was from May 2015, the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. I wish I was kidding but I'm not. The trip this time was sanctioned by the local radio stations, Y102 and 101.5. My dad got me this trip as a graduation gift. A lot more happened before the race, I saw a few drivers before the race.
  • Kyle Larson
  • Kasey Kahne
  • Brad Keselowski

I was unable to get driver autographs as I was too far away and there were a lot of people around. I was able to get a picture and autograph from Amanda Mertz, aka, Miss Coors Light, I couldn't thank her enough! A few minutes later down in the infield, I managed to snag photos of all but two cars as they were brought onto the pit road. While they were being brought out, Joey Logano's spotter, Tab Boyd, walked by and I wished him and the team good luck. The race began about 20 minutes later, this was a much nicer experience with the temps being cooler along with this race being a night race. 98 laps go by when the rain that was predicted to fall fell, the rain fell around 20-30 minutes with the red flag delay lasting just over two hours. Right as the delay began a huge bolt of lightning shot down south of the track and nearly all who attended that race scattered under the stands. When the race was back underway, the racing was fun to watch this time around as there were multiple cautions that flew. One caution was for David Ragan, the driver of the #55 Aaron's/SpongeBob Camry, spinning into the infield and managed to stick his car on the SBSP 400 logo, a rare incident that is not going to be replicated, no matter how hard one would try. Another was for rookie Erik Jones who replaced an injured Kyle Busch that night. Jones was racing against Jimmie Johnson when his #18 M&M's Camry got loose and slammed the wall in front of where we were sitting. Jimmie Johnson and his team took a late-race gamble and managed to win again, this was his 73rd of 80 career wins.

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