5:12 PM

Happy MLK day everybody :) If your a homeschool like me you probably didn't have the day off :) anyway, so in my last post I told you'all to stay tuned cause I was going to be writing about one of my favorite subjects. NASCAR! ( yes I'm going to talk about NASCAR on MLK day, polar opposites right?!, well, its my blog and i can write what i want :) )

So about a month or so before the actual Daytona 500 there is a fan fest at the Daytona Speedway called. Pre-Season Thunder. My friend found out last July that I have never been and so for months she and I have been planning to go. So Friday came around and I couldn't wait for co-op to be over so i could have a "girls night out" with my friend that included our favorite sport NASCAR ;)

Man was it a blast, we saw so many drivers including Joey Logano ( who i've talked about before here). What do you do at pre-season thunder you ask? Well Its really all about the drivers and fans, you can get whatever you want signed or autographed by your favorite drivers.
Here is the list of drivers that we saw

  • Mark Martin
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Dale Earnheart Jr
  • Jeff Gorden
  • Ryan Newman
  • Aj Allmendinger
  • Joey Logano
  • Paul menard
  • Rutledge wood (who really isn't a driver but a funny and VERY nice guy from the Speed Channel)
So, PICTURE TIME :) ( oh and i will try to describe each picture also :)

Waiting... for... ( see next picture)

For these guys ( ok i was mostly waiting for Joey (in white)) Joey Logano and Jeff Gorden :)


Ok, so after we saw Joey and Jeff get out of the car, we wondered around ( cause this year you had to have a "reserved ticket" to get drivers autographs and my friend was only able to get Matt K. ) for a little while, and my friend finally looked at me and said 'Samantha, admit it, you want to see him, lets go!" so we walked over and was able to get some cute shoots of him signing autographs :)

(sorry there kind of blurry, i have a flash phobia lol)

We also stopped to see Jeff ( funny story, I called Jeff Gorden old one time and my mom look at me and said "him and I are the same age"... oops my bad.. lol )

Ok, after walking around some more, we realized we could stand behind the Speed Stage where they were doing interviews and when they got done they would come by and sign more autographs. So my friend and I waited patiently and sure enough Joey walk over and signed autographs for a handful of us standing around.
BUT that's not the best part, After signing my poster and working his way down the line, he walked back to me and ask if i had anything else i wanted signed. So I looked around and at my friend then said "You could sign my cell phone!" He grinned and said "Sure!" he also signed my friends trading card she had been holding out for the past 2 minuets. Needless to say Joey is the sweetest, nicest ( and cutest) guy. Carl Edwards and Joey Logano are now my favorite drivers. ( with Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newmen, Kasey Kahne in 2nd 3rd and 4th)

If you ever go to a race and see this guy (Rutledge Wood), go talk to him. He is the NICEST COOLEST GUY EVER. (and he's got some pretty cool shoes). He LOVE NASCAR and its fans and made my first pre-season thunder experience the best ;)


Ok, I know I've probably bored you non-NASCAR watchers to death, but hey, I LOVE NASCAR. I was raised watching it and its something I have fun watching and going 2. Its one of the things my dad and I have fun talking about ( besides the draft and football). Its the special thing I will remember talking and doing with my dad. Some girls do daddy daughter dates, I sit on the couch on a Sunday afternoon and watch NASCAR with my dad.
Gods blessed me with a great friend who i can talk non-stop about NASCAR with and i wouldn't miss a 'girls night out" with her any-day.

Hopefully this wont be my last post. Practices are coming up and hopefully I'll get to go and see Carl, Denny, and hopefully Joey again :)


  1. I have never seen a Nascar race but if I did I'm sure I would love it;)

    Love to you,


  2. Now that football is almost to an end maybe I will have to take up Nascar;)

  3. Oh that sounds and looks like it was so much fun! :) You are a very good writer. While I was reading this I felt like I was there simply because you described it so well. :) Love & blessings to you!

  4. Oooh jealousy! ;) That's so exciting. I'm glad you had a good time & GOT YOUR PHONE AUTOGRAPHED!!!! :))) TOO cool.

    P.S. love your hat & shoes! :)


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