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Man, what a weekend. I headed down Friday morning and got to work.

On Friday I got six autographs: Jeff Green, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers, and Ward Burton (woot!). That's the only day I tried for autographs... I had to buy a sharpie at the track because I left mine at home... and then I LOST it after Friday. doh. I had a chance at other guys autographs (Sorenson, Jarrett, Mayfield, Stewart, J. Burton) but I either didn’t have a postcard or couldn’t get them in time.
I also talked to Kevin Lepage about him running the Oxford 250 later this month.
Then I helped with the pathetic excuse for a Busch East race. So many crashes. They couldn’t go two laps without wrecking. 10 cautions in 125 lap race. Pathetic. I ran out and grabbed a couple Maine natives in Kelly Moore and Mike Gallo. Moore was upset (they both crashed late) but he had no power steering in the last 100+ laps. Gallo was super pissed. He’s running for a penny-pinching team and he got a wrecked race car while running in the top 10. He was very nice, without a doubt one of my favorite guys to interview.
That's about all I did that day.

On Saturday, I have to cover the Busch race. So I really have something to do. But first I went outside the track and looked for diecasts. I was pretty disappointed at the selection and the only one I picked up was a Hamlin 1/64th I needed.
I watched the race from the press room and ran outside to the Busch garage after the race trying to talk to anyone I could.
I first talked to Greg Biffle who had just got done talking with Stephen Leicht. Biffle was sympasizing with Leicht because Bobby Santos was all over the place. Biffle was a good talk as was Leicht, who I talked to next.
I found Reed Sorenson and talked to him. Man, he talks fast. I could barely transcribe my notes of his.
After Sorenson, I got Denny Hamlin. And he was pretty cool. He stopped with me and talked about his run. He was a bit disappointed because his car wasn’t right at the end. After I got done talking to him, Tony Stewart walked by and I got him. I was kind of expecting him to blow me off, but he was really cool. He has a reputation of being a jerk to the media, but he was very, very nice. He praised KHI up and down for putting a good team together. I was very impressed with how nice and willing to talk he was.
After I got them, I talked to Scott Wimmer and he was very nice as always. We talked about the race and how he likes racing for RCR. He kind of light up when I said I was a fan and wanted to see him race every week.
Then I transcribed my notes and went back to the hotel.

Sunday. Big boys race time. I didn’t do too much before the race. I talked to a couple crew members that were from Maine. One on Tony Raines’ team and another on Elliott Sadler’s team. They were nice to talk to.
I was very nervous when Gordon was gaining on Hamlin, I was just hoping Hamlin could hold him off and he did. That was so awesome! I’m just so happy to be at a race that one of my favorites won. Great finish to an otherwise boring race.
After the race I ran out and got a few quotes from Carl Edwards and then talked to Juan Pablo Montoya. He said his car kept getting worse and worse. Then I asked him about the contact with Hamlin on the backstretch midway through the race and he didn’t even remember it happening.
I watched the post-race press conference with Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. and then later with Denny Hamlin, Mike Ford, and JD Gibbs.
Then I transcribed my notes, helped Larry with his story, talked to Chuck Givler for a while next to me (cool guy).
We started heading home a little after 9 and got home just before 2 a.m.
The weirdest part of the weekend… as we were heading home, he had to stop. A Ford Racing hauler got stuck on the road. We were on a hill and he was turning to another road and his trailer bottomed-out. They had cops and a wrecker there. We sat there for about 25 minutes, but finally got around it and back to where we needed to be.

All in all, a fun weekend. I got to talk to one of my favorites, get an autograph from another, and see the other win the race. I got really, really sunburned on Friday and am suffering from it now lol. Oh well. Price to pay I guess.

I have a ton of media guides and postcards that I’m probably going to sell on ebay.
 

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So you work for the Bangor Daily, or are you a freelance writer? Do they cover your expenses etc.? Will they send you anywhere else this year? Very cool. I used to work as a photog. for the local paper, (right after graduation from high school) and got to go to Pirate and Steeler games, w/sideline passes etc. It was very cool!
Great post. Maybe you can post spome pics if ya took any/!
 

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FFighter_21 said:
So you work for the Bangor Daily, or are you a freelance writer? Do they cover your expenses etc.? Will they send you anywhere else this year? Very cool. I used to work as a photog. for the local paper, (right after graduation from high school) and got to go to Pirate and Steeler games, w/sideline passes etc. It was very cool!
Great post. Maybe you can post spome pics if ya took any/!
I took only 14 pictures.

Yes, I work for the BDN and they cover expenses. Although I didn't get paid much to go, they had 'watch my hours.' I might be going back to Loudon in September, but that's the only track I go to.
 

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It's a great track to see a race from what I've heard!! Take more Pics Bud, they are always worth it in the long run!!
 

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It's a great track to see a race from what I've heard!! Take more Pics Bud, they are always worth it in the long run!!
I forgot my camera at the hotel on Saturday, so that ruined anything from that day. Here are some pics.

Friday


Carl Edwards' car in garage


Casey Mears' car being pushed in the garage


Pre-qualifying inspection line


Jeff Gordon walking to his car for qualifying


Jeffrey Earnhardt's Busch East Series car. He's the son of Kerry and is a DEI development driver (he races for Andy Santerre Motorsports)


Kenny Wallace's car being packed up after they failed to make the race


Ward Burton's car before qualifying


Burton's car later in the qualifying inspection line. It has 'State' on the hood now, but had 'Lucas' during the race.

Sunday


Carl Edwards' car on pitroad (still the best paint scheme EVER! lol)


Denny Hamlin's car on pitroad


Cars on pitroad #1


Cars on pitroad #2


Gibson guitar bus on the track. They had five guitars in the media center and they opened up one and it was a Dale Jr./Hinder guitar. Very nice looking.


Denny Hamlin during the post-race press conference. J.D. Gibbs on the left and Mike Ford on the right.

Signed postcards


Jeff Green


Ryan Newman (I hate this postcard... it's round and big. It doesn't fit on my scanner nor in my postcard album)


David Ragan


David Reutimann


Brian Vickers


Ward Burton (saved the best for last lol)
 
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