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NASCAR in September...
03-05-2011, 05:45 AM
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NASCAR in September...
Please don't tell Clark, but I'm going to be in Chicago in late September when I see there's the start of the Chase at the Chicagoland Speedway on the Sunday, when I have a day off.

Yee Haw!

Tickets have just gone on sale, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on where to sit at speedways like that? I guess quite high up in the stands (to give a good general view of the track, over the catch-fencing if possible), and at a corner entry or exit on the 'pits' side of the track would give the best views of the 'action'?

To be perfectly honest I expect to get most of my fun from photographing the fans and soaking up the atmosphere rather than watching the race, but any tips would be most welcome. I promise photos & commentary, just so long as it doesn't get me banned.

Can anyone offer elocution lessons in how to pronounce 'Tar-far' and 'Cow-shun' please?

I've booked a rental car with a gun rack, so otherwise I'm all set.

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03-05-2011, 07:33 AM
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This is fantastic news.

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03-05-2011, 07:38 AM
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I think for the ovals, its best to sit close to turn one. You'll be able to see the entire front straight before the cars zoom by you on turn 1.

And no need to worry about fitting in with the Nascar crowd. Chicago is hardly the redneck south.
No one will say anything if you wear F1 swag.

If you like taking pictures, feel free to roam around if possible.
Nascar races are for the most part endurance race (4 hours+) and only the last 30 minutes are of any importance.

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03-05-2011, 07:56 AM
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(03-05-2011 07:38 AM)cozmoose Wrote:  I think for the ovals, its best to sit close to turn one. You'll be able to see the entire front straight before the cars zoom by you on turn 1.

And no need to worry about fitting in with the Nascar crowd. Chicago is hardly the redneck south.
No one will say anything if you wear F1 swag.

If you like taking pictures, feel free to roam around if possible.
Nascar races are for the most part endurance race (4 hours+) and only the last 30 minutes are of any importance.

Excellent. Thanks for the tips.

Shame about missing the rednecks. I'm sure I'll find a few.

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03-05-2011, 03:10 PM
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I've booked a rental car with a gun rack, so otherwise I'm all set.
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03-05-2011, 04:22 PM
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(03-05-2011 03:10 PM)Nasir Wrote:  I've booked a rental car with a gun rack, so otherwise I'm all set.

First mistake. You need a FORD F 150 truck.
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There's some serious gun rack/Ford sh1t out there, isn't there:

http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/s...hp?t=87389

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03-05-2011, 05:58 PM
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I don't think Hertz have those as an option outside Alabama.

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03-06-2011, 01:16 AM
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You may have to return that PHD after this!

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03-06-2011, 07:02 AM
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(03-06-2011 01:16 AM)F1weekly Wrote:  You may have to return that PHD after this!

Don't you come from << Commiefornia >> ?

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09-14-2011, 09:54 PM
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Right-ho chaps. Just laying in some natty threads in preparation for Sunday's race, and what d'ya think I spotted at our local Wal-Mart?

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You guessed it, red camo NASCAR shirts Tongue
Wear these and you don't even need to change if you want to take in a little shootin' on your drive home from the track.

Excellent. Unfortunately they didn't have a Juan Pablo version, otherwise I might have indulged (they were only $18).

The only question remains, what colours & drivers should I buy for Clark and Nas?

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09-15-2011, 07:11 PM
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Oh, I'm gonna regret admitting this, but here goes... DON'T sit near a turn! I *gulp* went to a NASCAR *help me* race in Dover, Delaware MANY MANY years ago. Did I say "many"? It was MANY!

Anyway, the tires didn't really marble as much as they just dsintegrated into the air with the wind from the cars speeding into the turn. Guess where all the black tire debris collected? All over our faces!

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09-15-2011, 07:22 PM
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You are forgiven Neon. I once went to a Motorcycle race, but I don't like to talk about it.

Coming back to the Doctors Jeff Gordon shirt. I don't get the red background with camo overlay. How is that going to work?

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09-15-2011, 07:35 PM
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it's not supposed to be used as actual camo. it just has the camo added so the wearer can reflect both of his interests.
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09-15-2011, 07:47 PM
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oooooo,kay, soooo, the red is....?

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09-15-2011, 08:24 PM
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...the color of jeff gordon's car.
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09-15-2011, 08:40 PM (This post was last modified: 09-15-2011 08:42 PM by drmarkf.)
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RE: NASCAR in September...
Actually it might work quite well as camo in New England in the Fall, but there'd be no sign of anything NASCAR Nation there, of course.

I passed a whole line of NASCAR buses and trucks heading East on I-80 today as I was driving in from Ottawa, IL.

God, it was exciting...

[I'm not sitting close to a turn, fortunately, and I'm pretty high up. Should be fine, but I wasn't planning to wear anything valuable anyhow. I suppose the camera might suffer!]

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09-17-2011, 10:21 PM
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RE: NASCAR in September...
Okay, I'll explain the shirt. It comes from the '70's when CB radios were all the rage. The saying is, "I'll shake the trees, and you rake the leaves." It means, I will be driving fast ahead of you (and looking for police) if you will be behind me (watching out for police). Of course, the police reference isn't part of the present day implication.

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09-18-2011, 07:13 AM
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(09-17-2011 10:21 PM)Neonzapper Wrote:  Okay, I'll explain the shirt. It comes from the '70's when CB radios were all the rage. The saying is, "I'll shake the trees, and you rake the leaves." It means, I will be driving fast ahead of you (and looking for police) if you will be behind me (watching out for police). Of course, the police reference isn't part of the present day implication.

That is so wonderfully obscure.

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09-18-2011, 01:09 PM (This post was last modified: 09-18-2011 01:27 PM by Neonzapper.)
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Yes it is, Yaaay. It all started with the movie, "Smokey and the Bandit." That movie sold more CB radios and Firebird Trans Ams in America than any other source.

Originally only 18-wheelers (truckers) had CB radios, but that movie put a CB in every car. Driving the American roads with a CB radio meant you were one of the big bad truckers ( I know, but just listen and learn Smile ). The big deal at that time, was to outsmart the police (Smokey).

The term, "good buddy" was used more often than an F1 driver saying, "Yeah. I mean, for sure". Some of the goof-ball CB lingo of the day included:

"You shake the trees, while I rake the leaves." (You drive fast and look for the police ahead while I'll drive fast with you, but check for the police behind us.)

"No Smokeys (police), so put the pedal to the metal" (drive fast). It comes from Smokey Bear (a forest police bear- don't ask if you don't know Smile ).

"How we lookin' up there good buddy?" (any police?)

"I got your front door, good buddy" (no police spotted)

"Eye in the sky" (police plane above)

"Bear at the 45" (police ahead at the 45 mile marker)

"You pick it, we'll click it" (Sometimes the police used the CB's to fool users, so channels were decided on ahead of time to be changed in case they thought it was a policeman on the CB).

"We got ourselves a convoy" (a line of trucks and cars communicating together)

"How's the flip?" (going in the opposite direction, did you see any police on my side?)

* If you think this little bit is enough for one post, just imagine the plummeting CB sales after hearing this for a couple of years!?

Thank God for the invention of the radar detector. Keep the shiny side up- For sure, good buddy. Smile

Have fun among the Mensa, Dr. Mark!

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09-18-2011, 01:46 PM
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RE: NASCAR in September...
1975 I got my first CB radio, Illegal here until 1981. I got my ham licence a year later.

A little UK version of events.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d189uP-48sU

(That guy is my next door neighbour.)

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09-18-2011, 06:58 PM
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It might be pi$$ing on NASCAR's parade here in Chicago...

http://www.latimes.com/sports/ct-spt-091...6144.story

...but I'm sitting in a little ray of sunshine.

I'd been worried about the weather forecast here for the past 36 hours, knowing they don't race in the rain, plus I had the offer of being taken out for dinner this evening for a serious steak. If the race had been delayed until Monday I couldn't have gone since I'm giving a presentation.

So, yesterday evening I sold my Chicagoland Speedway ticket to a Scottish ex-colleague of mine (for a deep discount, it must be said, since we all know what Scots are famous for) and accepted the supper invitation.

Sorry, guys, but you're going to be spared my first-hand comments on the US stockcar subculture plus the photos to go with them, but I can't help feeling I got the better side of the deal Cool

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09-19-2011, 04:39 AM
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Dammit. I can't tick the "Meet someone who's been to a Nascar Race" off my bucket list.

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09-19-2011, 07:49 AM
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Dr. Mark: I understand how disapppointed you must be. It will haunt you forever. On the bright side, may I suggest a wonderful prime rib restaurant in Chicago? "Lawry's". If you have the time, it is worth every moment! Neon

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09-19-2011, 08:48 AM
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(09-18-2011 01:46 PM)Yaaay Wrote:  1975 I got my first CB radio, Illegal here until 1981. I got my ham licence a year later.

A little UK version of events.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d189uP-48sU

(That guy is my next door neighbour.)

Oh dear, is this a good time to admit I'm named after...

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09-19-2011, 09:24 PM
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(09-19-2011 07:49 AM)Neonzapper Wrote:  Dr. Mark: I understand how disapppointed you must be. It will haunt you forever. On the bright side, may I suggest a wonderful prime rib restaurant in Chicago? "Lawry's". If you have the time, it is worth every moment! Neon

I could make a case for saying I was gutted...

We went the Ruth's Chris steak house here last night - to be honest it wasn't as stellar as the one I went to last year in San Diego, but someone else was paying, so I'm not complaining. The filet had good texture, but frankly the taste wasn't nearly as good as the organic aged Angus beef we get from our local farm shop in the UK.

I'll note Lawry's for next time, thanks.

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