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2008 ALLSTATE 400 at the Brickyard
July 27th
E.T. drove down this week.  We attended the RUSH concert
Thursday night at Deer Creek outdoor ampitheater.  They

were great!

We didn't get to the track for practice or qualifying on Friday

and Saturday.  We did go to a cigar martini bar downtown
that was pretty smokey.  We looked for Italian restaurants
Saturday and tried several different fettucini alfredo dishes
that day.  (Everything at Vito Provolones was EXCELLENT!)  
Saturday night, we watched three Quentin Tarantino movies

that E.T. had never seen.  I went to bed last night at about
2 am, right after we'd just started the third film.  E.T. stayed
up and watched it all.  Consequently I was the first up in the
morning.

We took our time and left for the track about noon.
The race starts at 2pm (although technically they didn't start

until 2:22.)

We took I-465 around to 38th street, then to Moller, then 30th
and into the coke lot.  We encountered ZERO traffic!  I was
quite surprised.  The lot was not full, unlike this year's Indy 500.
The weather was clear and sunny and hot -
about 85 degrees.

Many people were seeking shade before
the race was to start.

I bought a big beer
for $4, a refreshing
change after having attended three concerts
in the past week at three different venues
where a beer cost $10 each!)

I bought a
hamburger for $4 and an ice
cream cone for $3.  
Turn 3  had a lot of vacancies in the seats.

However, it was full in the 4th turn where I was.
Daniel Rodriguez performed the national
anthem with four F-15E Fighting Eagles
from the 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour
Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC providing

the flyover.
Parade Lap through T4
Irma and Henry are some nice people
that sat behind me in Stand J, section 27,
row Z.  They come to the track often, even
though they live in Texas.
With 50 laps to go, ET and I headed to
the pits.

We sat in the Tower Terrace as close to

the tower as we could get.
This guy was gluing washers to nuts.
Somehow ET got one of the nuts and

gave it to me.
Jimmie Johnson had been fastest all
weekend and he won the pole position.  

So it was that he also won his 2nd
Brickyard 400.
While the weather started out very hot,
it did cool and a nice breeze developed.
The Goodyear tires had a serious problem on the
speedway's diamond ground track.  After some wrecks
caused by tire blow-outs, NASCAR implemented a
mandatory caution every 11 laps so that the cars could
change tires.  
Juan Pablo Montoya Pit Stop
Jimmie Johnson's burn-out!
Rookie Dave Blaney
A.J. Allmendinger
Reed Sorenson
Matt Kenseth
Bobby Labonte
DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS