My dad and I usually attend a Nascar race every year. We were offered to buy 2 tickets for the weekend's events from a friend back in November of last year. I bought them on the spot. My dad however, took sick over the winter and needed quadruple bypass surgery on his heart, rendering him unavailable for this trip. So, I took my step-dad as he is a huge Ambrose fan and watches alot of Nascar too. Once I offered him the ticket, he went on right away to buy pit passes. The pit passes at MIS are good for the entire event. Practices, qualifying and the races. We were actually watching them from the pit wall during practices and qualifying. MIS actually has a tent setup in the prime autograph seeking spot. They actually embrace the fans that seek autographs!!!! What a change!!! We hovered around there after watching the first practice on Friday morning and managed to get a couple of autographs.
Carl Edwards came over to the fan line once a couple of girls started singing happy birthday to him.
I did get Casey Mears as he was sitting on the pit wall talking with people after he was finished qualifying.
While we were down there waiting for autographs, the track president came through and was chatting up the fans. He ended up giving a few passes for the driver introduction and pre-race ceremony for the Cup race. These passes are worth $75, but ended up being worth much more than that. More on that later. Follow @misroger . He is a pretty cool guy to say the least and he is doing a fantastic job at MIS.
I got Micheal Waltrip on the way out of the track.
That was it for Friday, which was still pretty cool.
There were a couple of practice sessions on Saturday but the Camping World Truck Series race was the main event. We didn't try too hard to get autographs this day. We watched the race and then headed to the Kevin Harvick trailer. I am a member of the Harvick Fan Club and he does appearances for a few members at most tracks. I was lucky enough to draw in for this one. I bought a car to get signed and had a card. He posed for pictures which were put online for us to download, which is really great. I wish more drivers did things like this. He was great, joking and chatting with everyone that came through.
Marcos Ambrose had a signing at his trailer on Sunday morning. You had to buy $20 worth of his stuff and you got a ticket for an autograph. Chuck ended up getting a ticket for free because the guy in front of him turned it down after he bought a hat. I bought a die cast car for $35 to get signed and also got a card signed.
Next was our special pass for the pre-race ceremonies. They setup a red carpet area and had fences around it so the fans could line up. It was fast a furious at times as the drivers came out and signed for lots of people along the way.
There were a few people that I didn't have anything for, so I got them to sign my ticket.
I got Michael Annett, David Ragan, Travis Kvapil, and Alex Bowman.
I got Justin Allgaier to sign a card.