where reality and dreams collide

Back in August I wrote about my plans/desire to spend 2008 following NASCAR Sprint Cup racing around the country. Since then I have spent my time thinking of and working on every conceivable angle that would allow me to get out there and make this dream happen. It wasn’t until last Friday when my hopes of working my current day job AND setting out on this road trip were dashed by my employer.

I was down about it for the rest of the day until the next morning when I decided that I would just start the trip at the end of June of this year. That will give me 19 races to attend and I can spend the time between now and June saving money and figuring out other ways to earn a living whilst on the road. Hmm, that sounded weird, but you know what I mean!

Over the past couple weeks I’ve been given a chance at an amazing opportunity to grow this site. I’ll have more specific details once everything is finalized. It’s very exciting and I’m so stoked about it.

In other news…

The testing continues in Daytona and here are some photos from yesterday’s sessions.

Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR

Richard Petty and flames adorn the No. 43 Petty Enterprises car driven by Bobby Labonte. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR)

Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images for NASCAR

Kasey Kahne takes over the Budweiser ride as the Gillett Evernham Motorsports No. 9 car gets a new primary sponsor. (Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images for NASCAR)

Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR

David Ragan has taken off his rookie stripe and prepares for his sophomore season during Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR)

Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR

No. 88 crew chief Tony Eury Jr. talks with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as they begin their first season together at Hendrick Motorsports. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR)


  1. January 15, 2008 at 3:54 PM ·

    When it comes to dreams in close proximity with reality it’s always The Man that intercedes isn’t it?

    But as they say, “half a loaf is better than none,” good luck come June.

    Oh… and BTW the “big announcement” wouldn’t have anything to do with a blog tie-up with, oh say B5 Media, Gawker or one of the other similar sites would it?

    Sorry I love guessing games.

  2. Valli
    January 15, 2008 at 5:21 PM ·

    Thanks Marc! I probably should have titled this post “Damn The Man!”

    I can safely say that the “announcement” has nothing to do with any of those sites or others like them.

    A NASCAR site on Gawker would be fun though. :)

  3. January 16, 2008 at 8:22 AM ·

    i think that you are getting a great opportunity (in June)…and if i had the opportunity i would do the same.

    I work for my hometown newspaper and if the opportunity arrives i will surely grab it.

    go for it. and i’m sure we all want to hear the details of your trip(s) and of what is coming in the future

    love your site btw

  4. Valli
    January 25, 2008 at 11:50 AM ·

    Thank you Penni!