A few weeks ago, I was causally invited to join my friends at Watkins Glen. I say casually because the exchange went something like this. "Jeremy can't go to WG anymore. Christine you should come." I thought about it for a minute and was replied "ohhh I don't know." (it wasn't a payweek so money was a bit tight) but then I remembered my bucket list, and my new years resolution to tackle some of them, so a minute later I immediately agreed.
On Friday I met up with Corey & Gina at a park n ride along rt 88. We packed my stuff in their car and continued heading west. When we arrived there was a concert going on - and it was a tad overwhelming to drive into the drunk fest that was already occurring. Especially since we had not been participating. (yet) After we set up our tents we spent the rest of the evening hanging out by the fire.
|my borrowed tent. Quite possibly the most hilarious and adorable small tent ever.|
|one of man lanterns to be lit|
On Saturday morning we went over to the main drag to take a look. It was early - 8am so there were no crowds and it was an awesome time to get free junk from all of the sponsors. I got my first look of the track before heading back for food.
There were time trials being done during the day, so we went to the closest grandstands and watched the last few go through. We were able to climb to the top to get a good view of where we were in relation to everything else. Since we had driven in at night, I hadn't realized we were inside the track.
|view from the top. Our campsite is also somewhere in this picture.|
That night was quite the party. We ate some delicious food ( and probably way too much food) some booze and hung out. Lanterns are a big thing at Watkins Glen and possibly at other NASCAR events, but this is my first I have no frame of reference.
|not aliens, just lanterns floating away|
|the most interesting man in the world and I|
Around midnight I declared that I would go with the boys a 3am to reserve a spot on the Berm. I also decided that I should take a nap. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict what happened next. When the guys came to wake me up I was a drunk cranky lady and refused to get up.
But to be fair, I wasn't viewing the race from the Berm but rather from the Starting Line Grandstand. After a bit of a slow morning, we made our way to the seats. We were on the top row- which had a fantastic view of the starting line with a few other view points throughout the course.
This years race was Cheez It 355 which equaled to 90 laps on the track. There were a few crashes, but thankfully no injuries. In the end, Kyle Busch held onto his lead position and won. (unfortunately I didn't bet on him. )
|Kyle Busch celebrating in Victory Lane|
Monday morning we packed up, loaded the car and headed east. It was an awesome weekend and I am so grateful for the invite. I can totally see why people love NASCAR and car racing. I would 100% plan on going again.