Growing up, many of us have experiences that we credit as being a spark in getting us hooked on being passionate about something. For some its a first Major League Baseball game or having a game of catch in the front yard.
But for me, it came in the summer of 1990. Other than driving by a track a few times, I had never been to a NASCAR race. During the time, me and my family lived in Central Florida (I was 10-years old at the time) and it was a short drive to Daytona. So, we headed over to the track the day before the Firecracker 400 for second-round qualifying and final practice.
While I remember how exciting it was to see drivers such as Earnhardt and Waltrip barrel around the track in-person for the first time, the more vivid memory for me was the instant we stepped through the gates and my dad promptly took me up to the catch fence so I could 'see how loud these cars are.'
I still have memories of a sound so loud that it almost pushed me back away from the fence while seeing the blur of a black No. 3 car while also thinking it was cool that I could see the rear bumper lettering on Earnhardt's car that I had seen in pictures or on tv so many times.
From that moment on, I became passionate about racing.
And that, folks, is the great thing about the NASCAR Fan of Tomorrow special being offered by Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Nationwide Series Degree V12 300 and Sprint Cup qualifying on Sept 5. Kids 12 and under get in free with an adult ticket to the Earnhardt Grandstand.
You can introduce a youngster to racing or just come to the track to just enjoy some time together as a family for a great price! This is a great opportunity, so don't pass it up!
For tickets, call 877-9-AMS-TIX or go to Atlanta Motor Speedway's Web site.
The summer coming to a close is marked by many things, one being Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway coming to a close.
This week will likely be pivotal for many drivers hoping to either solidify their position in the standings or align themselves to make a final charge on Championship Night on Aug. 6.
In the Bandits Division, Kyle Weatherman holds a 17-point lead over John Holleman with Skip Nichols' lead in the Masters Division ahead of Jeff Haynie being a slim two points. Luke Benhke leads the Outlaws by three points ahead of Garrett Smithley while Austin Hill holds a 34-point lead over Zach Kittle in the Pro Division. Chris Cable is 11 points ahead of Adam Gay in the Roadsters and Jonathan Chandler is three points ahead of Cody Haskins in Semi-Pro.
Evan Bell leads Joey Padgett by 10 points in Young Guns with the Young Lions points leader being Chad Finchum, 22 ahead of Donald McIntosh.
Click here for a video recap of Thursday Thunder from the past few weeks!