I am back in North Carolina and yes, I’m happy about that. It was a very long and wet month in California. During the eight-race West Coast swing, we lost three races. Actually, the last three Saturdays were rained out.
Just like for the drivers, it’s tough for the staff and media to get into a rhythm when Mother Nature plays that game. It’s also pretty boring to sit in a hotel on what’s supposed to be race day. We have this weekend off before four consecutive weeks in the Midwest area through April and the first week of May. Then it’s off to the Northeast for six races in 12 days.
I think I’ll take this weekend off to relax because it’s about to get really busy. I’ve booked most of my travel arrangements for the next month and it’s intense. I think I have three round-trip flights and another week of driving around Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska and Iowa.
But that’s what I signed up for. I really enjoy the road. So far I’ve been blessed during the weekdays to be around people I know. That was the best thing about the West Coast trip; I was able to see a lot of friends and family I don’t get to visit with often.
On this next trip we’ll race at Paducah International Raceway, which is co-owned by my NASCAR favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr. I doubt he will be at the race, but I’ve heard great things about the track. The following night we’ll be at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, which I am stoked about. I’ve never been to that facility, but I’ve watched a ton of videos from there.
In the meantime, I’m back in the office for the next week and a half. It’s kind of nice having a desk to work on rather than putting my laptop on the bed in front of me. The local indoor go-kart track reconfigured the track so I’m going with a couple of co-workers to check it out tonight. Let’s see if I learned any tricks after racing at the country’s biggest indoor track in California a couple of weeks ago.