This Sunday?s race at Atlanta Motorspeedway was by far the greatest race experience I have ever had. I have been to about 20 cup races and 35 or 40 total races in my life.
I was fortunate enough to purchase tickets for Atlanta the day after the Daytona 500. I did not get the $1 tickets but I did get ?Buy 1 get 1 for $1.? My total cost for 2 tickets: $96 and change.
I was driving from about 250 miles away so I had a quandary: Should I leave my house Sunday morning around 2-3 AM or drive down Saturday evening and rent a hotel. I began looking on expedia and found several hotels by the Atlanta airport. I ended up staying at a Days in for $60.
I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed, had a cup of coffee, took a shower, and headed to the track around 730 am local time. The drive was about 25 miles and we got to the track in just over 30 minutes. We positioned our car in the parking lot so all we had to do was hop a curb and be on the road after the race was over (which was a SMART MOVE).
As we were leaving our car, I ran into Adam, who is better known as @aaronssports. It was dumb-luck really, but we talked for 10 or so minutes as we walked to the track. Once we got to the track, it was game on for me, my blackberry, and twitter!
As many of my followers know, I was extremely fortunate and LUCKY at Atlanta. In all, I got to meet Landon Cassill and several writers from different media outlets; won a signed Kyle Busch pit cap, won a bunch of free sprint stuff and got to meet Miss Sprint Cup, got the guy at the Jr Motorsport rig to give me 12 Landon Cassill National Guard hats, got a signed home depot gift card from Joey Logano, and a big NASCAR flag from Chris Smith of Rubbinsracing.com.
In all, my friend and I splitting costs spent less than $100 each for an entire day of racing and meeting people! On top of that, the race was fantastic!
After the race was over, we briskly walked out of the track, got in the truck, and beat most of the traffic.
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