Rain has been chasing us all week and it finally caught up today. When I flew from San Diego to San Francisco last Monday, the weather was nearly perfect in the Bay Area. That didn’t last for long.
Tuesday morning I woke up to rain and it hasn’t let up. We were able to squeeze in the first race of a weekend doubleheader at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., last night, but a nasty storm overnight has rained out tonight’s event. Actually, I saw a picture of the track and it’s more like flooded out.
While officials are working to find a makeup date, it’s a bummer that the wet weather postponed tonight’s race. Thunderbowl Raceway is one of my favorite race tracks and Tim Kaeding put on a thrilling show last night to become the first repeat winner this season in World of Outlaws action.
Instead of being at the track tonight, I’m in my hotel watching Supercross. It amazes me how popular this sport has gotten in the last two years. I think sprint car racing is right there in terms of excitement. It’d be really neat to see sprint cars take off the way Supercross has. I think it would take a big gamble — mostly financial — in order to accomplish that goal, but I believe the sport would pick up a ton of new fans given the opportunity.
Our next event is Friday and Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., for the Mini Gold Cup, and we’ve got a media luncheon for some of the drivers on Thursday afternoon. I’m excited to get back to that track. I’ve heard track officials made a couple of changes, but the quarter-mile track has always been one of my favorites.
Also, I have to admit that my NCAA Tournament bracket is toast. I picked two No. 12 seeds, all four No. 13 seeds and a No. 14 seed to advance beyond the second round, and a couple of those schools to make it to the Sweet 16. Unfortunately, those schools weren’t good to me and I didn’t pick Norfolk State or Lehigh. My final four picks — Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio State — are still alive at this point, but that’s about as good as it gets for me.