My First NASCAR Race


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And a child shall lead them
I've neither gone to a car race nor spoken to anyone about his experiences at one, oddly enough, given my age, the seating capacity of those raceways, my Virginia heritage, and my wife's Tennessee heritage. I didn't know about the noise or about the good behavior of the fans there.  What a delightful, detailed account of your experiences there.

How very cool that your son broadened your horizons.  My fifteen-year-old boy has led me more into computers.  He's an expert at tearing them apart.

Posted by Peter S. on October 3, 2011 11:16 PM
Hi Peter, what does your son

Hi Peter, what does your son do with the computers when he's tearing them up? Does he actually get them back together :). I remember tearing stuff up as a kid and never being able to get anything back together!

Regarding the wall of sound at Dover: I should note that the track at Dover is only 1-mile while most other NASCAR tracks are 1.5, 2 or 2.5 miles. So it's possible that it is louder at Dover because the cars are closer together and do more laps to achieve the same distance. Hmm, I wonder if those differences in the tracks would significantly change the acoustics.

Around where we sat, there were about 40 rows of seats, but at the ovals, the stands went up 60 rows. I wonder if it was quieter up there.

And then there were the glass covered sky boxes and the enclosed area near the casino. So there is certainly more than one way to do NASCAR. But it did feel like we were in thick of it, at the heart of what was going on.

Posted by Shai Gluskin on October 3, 2011 11:57 PM

Hi Shai,

Great piece!  I enjoyed reading this. I used to tease Wally -- remember him from RRC days? -- about his love of Nascar racing. I can relate to the meditative effects of the noise. When I'm at fire scene I can't hear anything over the noises from the truck and the fire itself, not to mention how all the gear deafens sound. It gets even more surreal when you enter the burning building and can't see anything anymore either.


Posted by Howard Cohen on October 4, 2011 6:05 PM
Great description of being in fire



I can't forget Wally. Didn't know he was in to NASCAR though.

Really interesting comparison to being in a fire. Thanks so much for sharing.

Posted by Shai Gluskin on October 5, 2011 9:36 AM
This reminds me of when I
This reminds me of when I would tell my daughter to have a pet rat. Rat is actually a very good pet. My daughter did not buy the things related to people's prejudices, they have no lessons learned.
Posted by obd2 code reader on April 8, 2012 10:17 PM
There have been many Jewish championship race car drivers...although none in NASCAR....there is a driver name of kahane....maybe a grandpa.....have your son Wikipedia...jody sheckter...Maury rose..Adolph rosenberger...Arkus duntov...Kenny Bernstein.....there are many others who participated and still do....
Posted by Jack bender on June 23, 2013 7:29 PM