Some call it "NOD" (NASCAR Off-season Disorder), others are just starting to get that "itch". For most of us this has been the longest period of time in recent memory between our trips to our favorite race tracks. Cutting my season short that makes over 2 months for me. The few races left to run on TV were just enough to keep that "itch" under wraps, nevertheless we now face "STOD" which I will tell you is 100 times more potent than "NOD".
Pull off I-41 onto HWY 144 in the town of Slinger roll your windows down and listen the the echos of a Super Late at full throttle down the front stretch. Stroll up to the top row of grandstands at Madison International Speedway and look in awe at its immenseness. Cruise into your favorite seat at Kaukauna and transport back in time 40 years. Peer over the fence at Beaver Dam Raceway taking in as much methanol through your nostrils as possible. Squeeze between the grandstands at Jefferson or Dodge County and soak in the incredible speed. These are the things I reflect on during "STOD". The things I miss most. The places I remember being as a child, a teenager, with friends, my dad, and my kids as well. Each and every event is truly a perfect night out.
With the Snowball Derby this coming weekend, it still amazes me to this day how fortunate we are to have as many places to enjoy our perfect nights out as we do. Enough so that the influences of Wisconsin racing is felt at all levels and series across the country. The uniqueness of each track challenges those who race here. The competition takes it to another level. There is no surprise that both the Cup and NCTS championship teams were heavily Wisconsin influenced. We are truly blessed. Here's to hoping for another Wisconsin weekend in Florida.
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Rich Zimpel has been attending local race tracks for the past 30 years.