This blogging thing may be new to me but racing sure isnt.
Your looking at a guy who has loved racing before I can even remember, one of my earliest memories in life is playing with my little cars in the dirt between the grandstands and the fence at Sunset Speedway just south of my birth city of Barrie, Ontario. In my youth I grew up around racing, my father was a big Rusty Wallace fan, his brother a Darrell Waltrip fan and their father, my grandfather, a Kenny Schrader fan. My parents kinda made me a Richard Petty fan as a toddler however at the age of 4 before the 1993 season started (and I can remember this so good it scares me) my parents asked me who I wanted my new favourite driver to be, and without even thinking for some reason I said Dale Jarrett, weeks later he won the Daytona 500 and that was it for me. Eventually 88 became the number I cheered for which I found so appropriate since I was born in 88. I was always extra satisfied that I picked Jarrett to be my driver before he was big time in Winston Cup, watching his career rise to Daytona 500 win after Daytona 500 win and eventually the Winston Cup championship was something else, even if it was from my couch as I regrettfully never got to see him race in person. Eventually his run came to an end and believe me when he won at Talladega in 2005 I soaked in all in as best as I could because I had a feeling I wasnt going to be seeing this again........ and I didnt.
In recent years my love for what has become the Sprint Cup Series has somewhat faded like so many others (even though I finally got to my first race this spring at Martinsville). My love of racing still burns though and eventually the quest to find good exciting racing has turned my head to the local scene. Local tracks like Sunset Speedway where my love of racing began and places like Ohsweken Speedway or Delaware Speedway. Eventually turing my full attention to the big time in Canadian racing, CASCAR. Obviously it wasnt long before the clutches of NASCAR turned it into the Canadian Tire Series, but the same drivers and great racing remained and my love of the sport is just as great now as it was when Dale Jarrett was winning week in week out at places like Rockingham and Darlington. The difference now is I cheer for the likes of DJ Kennington and JR Fitzpatrick at places like Barrie, Mosport at Kawartha.
The future of racing up here in the great white north looks bright and I hope to be a part of it, and hopefully through my blogs in the coming weeks and months you can be a part of it too.
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