An Anniversary, Vacation, and Bristol

Bristol Motor Speedway

What does an anniversary, vacation, and Bristol have in common? They were all part of our adventure this past weekend.

Jonathan and I enjoy traveling to different NASCAR tracks to watch the car races. If possible, we like to see both the “B Squad” Xfinity race, and the “A Squad” Sprint Cup race. Knowing that is one of our hobbies, Jonathan’s sisters gave us tickets to Bristol Motor Speedway for his birthday this year. The tickets were purchased, hotel arrangements were made, and we were starting to anticipate the weekend way back in June!

The Night Races at Bristol also just happened to be on our anniversary weekend. Friday night’s race was awesome, with one of our favorite Xfinity drivers finishing second after being on the verge of going two laps down. On Saturday, we celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary at the track. We had a great day, even though the race was delayed 5 hours before they rescheduled it for Sunday afternoon. We left the track around 1:30am, and arrived at our hotel close to 3:00am. After just a few hours of sleep, we were off to the races again. Pun intended!

Now, most people, when they plan a vacation, also plan a little down time to relax and recharge. Somehow, Jonathan and I keep forgetting to schedule that part in. The only real downtime we had was in the Durango, and at Anna and Doug’s place. Even then, we weren’t really sitting and relaxing. We did get some great visiting time in, and had fun seeing Anna’s very pregnant belly. We are really looking forward to the arrival of our first grandbaby!

The time passed quickly, however, and we were on a deadline. I needed to be at a meeting 30 minutes from home on Tuesday evening. It takes about 16 1/2 hours to drive home, and with the race taking place on Sunday, that didn’t leave us much time to visit. We had a late night and early morning, but we made it home in time for me to change clothes and head off to my meeting.

In six days we traveled close to 2800 miles, drove through 8 states, saw 2 NASCAR races, and met great people all over. We are exhausted, but very happy to have celebrated our anniversary with a vacation trip to Bristol.

30 Things I Love: NASCAR


I love Nascar. So far, I have been to the Daytona 500, Phoenix International Raceway, and Kansas Speedway. Watching the race on television is okay, but when you’re at the track…nothing compares. The sights, the sounds, the mullets. It’s all there, adding to the experience of race day.

A month ago, Jonathan and I were guests of Brandt Professional Agriculture at the Kansas Speedway. We had the privilege of meeting Rookie of the Year contender, Justin Allgaier at a Saturday evening reception, and again on Sunday morning before the race. Let me just say, after meeting him, having a conversation with him, and listening to his in-car audio during the race, he has a couple of new fans! Thank you, Brandt Professional Agriculture for the opportunity to meet Justin!

Because we were there with an agriculture company, I was a little more aware of other ag related sponsors there were at this race. The Brandt hospitality tent was right next to the Fastenal tent (where I was able to snap a quick photo of Carl Edwards). Down a little further, there was a Farmland Foods golf cart, complete with a curly tail. I noticed the Farmer’s Insurance car out on the race track, as well as the Farmland car.

As I looked around at the crowd there in Kansas, I thought about how perfect the pairing of Nascar and agriculture is. The spectators are pretty much as diverse as any gathering, but there tends to be more hunting and agriculture decals on their pickups in the parking lot than you would see at most events, making it a great place to advertise Farmland, Fastenal, and Brandt Professional Agriculture, to name a few.

As I mentioned earlier, we had the opportunity to meet the driver sponsored by the agriculture company we were guest of. We also had pit and garage passes, so we were able to go down and see everything up close and personal before the race. That part was awesome! When we arrived at the hauler for the 51 car, Jeff Gordon’s car was going through inspection. Jimmy Johnson’s and Dale Earnhardt Jr’s cars also went through inspection while we were down there. After our garage tour, we were able to go to the pit boxes for a bit. The Brandt crew has Alumacraft seats in their box, which is cool, since Alumacraft boats are made in Minnesota.

The race itself was exciting, even though our drivers were involved in wrecks. When you are watching the race on television, it seems like the races drag on for so long. However, watching the race at the track, time flies by! There are so many things to look at, and you aren’t limited to just what the broadcasters are showing. We had so much fun, that I am looking forward to checking another track off the list soon!

What are some of your hobbies, or events outside of agriculture that you like to attend? Do you have a goal of seeing every baseball diamond, or attending races at certain tracks? Let me know in the comments below!

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