Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Annual Trip to Darlington

Here it is Mothers Day weekend and Jeff and I met in Darlington so we could go to the NASCAR Bojangles Southern 500.

I didn't take that many pictures of the race itself this year. A night race from high in the grandstands makes it hard to really get good shots of the cars. Besides, walking around and taking pictures of the fans is more fun.

We did get a funny story out of the trip. After the race we were back at our campsite and after a few minutes of sitting around and talking I noticed there was a person in our tent sitting on my air mattress. It was one of the campers from the site next to ours. I said to the guy, "Hey man, you're in the wrong tent."

He said, "Are you sure?"

"Yeah," I said, "pretty sure."

He was really, really, really drunk and more than a little confused but, at least, he was't belligerent.

Jeff said, "Here buddy, let us help you up."

He offered us his hands and we walked him over to the campsite next to ours and sat him in a chair there. We headed back over to our campsite and had a good laugh. About a minute later he lurched to his feet and walked back into our tent and sat down on my air mattress. We laughed some more and pulled the tent flap back and I said, "Hey man, you're in the wrong tent."

He was shocked. "I am?" he asked. "Are you sure?"

"Yeah," I said, "we're sure."

We walked him back over to his campsite. This time I noticed that there was someone in his tent. I pulled that flap back and said, "Hey, does this guy belong to you?"

His friend laughed and said, "Yeah." We pushed drunky into the tent and went back to our campsite and that was the end of that.

The next morning I saw our friend sitting in a chair at his campsite and I walked over and said, "Hey, we had to kick you out of our tent last night."

He looked confused and I could see him thinking real hard and it hit him, "Oh, yeah. Sorry about that."

I said, "No big deal, you were't being a dick or anything, it was funny."

Not as good as the story about the drunk women swearing at her husband during my first trip to Darlington but it's still a good Darlington story.

A few photos

A rare rat tail

One of those giant Budweiser horses

Ryan Newman hanging around by the giant horses

The center square of Darlington bingo, the rebel flag bikini top

Joey Logano signing autographs at his souvenir trailer

A blind man and three young ladies

South Carolina state trooper making sure drunk pedestrians don't get run over by drunk drivers

Three officers watching to see which rich person climbs out of a recently landed helicopter

Many people, including us, did enthusiastically "proceed to party."

This is Jeff

The same panorama I took last and the year before from our seats. For this reason alone I wouldn't mind new seats but the view right here at the entrance to pit road is too good to pass up.
Darlington May 2013

I like this picture I took down on the concourse during the race. I posted it on Instagram
Under the bleachers at Darlington

This is a short video of the cars going into turn three shortly after a restart so the cars are still bunched up.

Darlington, always fun. Always a two-day hangover.

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