Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Weekend at the Races

This past Saturday we loaded up the Expedition and headed for Ennis, Texas to go to the 25th annual O'Reily Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals. My Dad was racing so we were going to go watch but as the "Prewitt Luck" would have it, he lost first round on Friday so we didn't get to see him. It was still lots of fun to just be at the races again. I grew up at the race track and it's been forever since I have gone to a race, so much fun!

This is my Dad's dragster. (These pictures are from Tulsa since my Mom has not uploaded this past weekends pictures just yet)




And more on that "Prewitt Luck" thing, it was raining when we got to Ennis. It rained for a while so we ended up watching most of the UT football game in the motorhome. But we made the best of it and still had fun playing with Mac and watching Mac play with Sandy (the dog).

Dad and Mac, Mac is sporting Dad's hat.

Uncle Randall and Mac in their matching Prewitt Racing t-shirts.

Nana and Mac hanging out on the couch. Mac was wearing his Nitro Drools onsie, on the rearend of the onsie it says "the Smell of Nitro"... maybe only racers would get this so I will explain, Nitro smells bad...heheee


It finally stopped raining so we ventured out to the pit area to check out all the Top Fuel/ Top Alcohol cars and just to see what we could see. This was Jimmys first time at the "big" races so we wanted to take him around and show him the different cars/dragsters/etc. Here's what happened in the pits...

We saw ProStock driver for Summit Racing, Jason Line.



and Terry McMillen, he drives the Top Fuel dragster for Amalie Oil.


This is Robert Hight's Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car with the body off. They are making adjustments to it and had started it up, it's funny to watch the crowd gather when a race car is cranked up. (Robert Hight is John Force's son-in-law... if you don't know who John Force is let me tell you he is a racing LEGEND in his own time, amazing.)

Oh and that John Force dude that is awesome... here he is signing autographs for his fans.




Now I have John Force's autograph from races many years ago but when you see JF you don't just say "Ah, I already have is sig" and walk away, you get it again! But all I had was my camera!! No pen, no paper, nothing. He had a sharpie so he could have signed my shirt but it was a UT shirt and that just didn't make sense. And I wasn't about to get my arm signed because, well, it would just wash off. So I got inventive... I stuck out the toe of my converse...

Yep I literally held my foot out and he signed it. He looked at me and kinda laughed. It was funny. He is awesome, did I say that already?

This is Ashley Force Hood's Castrol GTX Ford Mustang Funny Car body. Yes, John Force's daughter races on his team (she is not the daughter married to Robert Hight). She wasn't around but how cool would it have been to have her sign my other shoe??!!! hahaha.



We got to watch Morgan Lucas, driver for the GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster helping his pit crew check out his car. He was in it revving it up while they made their adjustments.



By this time it was getting close to 5:30, that's when they said they were going to resume racing. We headed back to the motorhome to get Mac's earmuffs and then on to the stands to watch the rest of the days races. Mac is not yet a racing fan. The cars were too loud and I don't think he liked the fact that the cars shook the stands. He didn't like the earmuffs either so we tried to take them off in between runs.





Some of the racing we watched...





Once the days racing was over we went back to the motorhome and fired up the grill. My Dad cooked hamburgers for us and they were so good! There is just something better about track burgers! We ate and visited for a little while but had to get on the road. It was just after 9pm when we left to start our 3 hour trip back to Austin. It was a long day but so worth it, rain and all. I can't wait till next year!!

2 comments:

  1. John Force cracks me up. I love going to drag races! Looks like you guys had fun =)

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  2. I love going to drag races. So much fun!!

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