Known as The Great American Race, the Daytona 500 is the premiere racing event in the NASCAR line-up. Since 1959 the words Daytona 500 means super duper car race to people all around the globe, regardless of whether or not one actually follows NASCAR. As a guest of Lowe’s Home Improvement and Kobalt Tools we were allowed amazing access to the track, pit row, Lowe’s Team Racing, #48 and 6 time Sprint Cup champion, Jimmie Johnson.
Any of you who watched the race know the day was a bit more like NASCAR soup with monsoon like downpours, thunderous clouds an a alleged funnel cloud not far away. Over 150,000 fans took cover, or left (we did) during the weather delay called on lap 38 around 2 p.m.
The race did not resume until over 6 hours later, which amazingly did not dampen the enthusiastic crowd as the majority were still there well after 11:30 p.m. to witness the almost continual group of crashes towards the end which thinned the heard the pack and resulted in a heart warming victory for Dale Earnhardt Jr. We were cheering for Jimmie of course.
During the weather delay his pit crew found a few ways to pass the time…
One of the brand new Kobalt Cordless Blower’s in action, right in the #48 pit! It blows 140 mph! This was not exactly what we did with them on our tool try out event the previous day, but more on that later.
Thank you to Lowe’s and Kobalt for inviting us to participate in a wonderful weekend of tool testing fun capped off by this little car diddy. 🙂
Photo credits video: group shot and photo of me with Jimmie courtesy of Lowe’s photographer. Other photos of myself: Todd Fratzel.
Song: Peter Gabriel from my personal collection, not nabbed or borrowed – I bought the CD.
Instagram video: Andrew Childers
Disclaimer: I was invited to participate in a Lowe’s/Kobalt event where they provided entertainment, food and lodging expenses. The opinions I express are my own and we were not asked to post about their products or this event in exchange for my attendance.