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Ever wonder what the Nascar Experience is all about? I found out today. My S.O called me on friday and told me that he had tickets to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Race: Samsung RadioShack 500 this sunday. He said they are compliments of the United States Army. Free food, free admission and some of the best outdoor seats to be had.

So what else could i say? I said hell yeah.

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^early morning, 730Am arrival at the speedway.

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^the Army Booth. I felt stupid, because i was the only person there, who wasnt a recruiter, in uniform. :blink:

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Headed to the pits with my free Pit pass and free Garage pass :) This is the track Pre race. the race started at noon, but i was there at 7:30. in this pic it is somewhere around 830am.

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heading back to the garage area...

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Recruiters...lots of em!

Next up...The pit area...

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As you come around the corner, you will see:

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^Cheerios Guys pumping up the tires...I got to keep a Lug nut from the Cheerio car :D (It will go on my New (to me) LS for good luck, when i get it).

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^Pit crew guys, trying to get things done amidst the fans.

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^Joe Nemecheck's Pit booth, he is the entire reason we were there. He drives the US Army car. :D (More on this later)

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^more of Pit Road

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^Ft. Hood Soldiers, Back from Iraq.

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^The famous NASCAR Cutaway Car.

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^Jeff Gordon is in there somewhere...standing right next to the left side of the car!

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^Couldnt find Kevin Harvick for an Autograph :(

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^there you can see Gordo a little bit better.

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^'nuther car

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^nuther car, complete with goofy lookin' guy...Hello! :lol:

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^Bobby Labonte's Garage, you can see him standing there, dumbfounded at why his car wont run right... :blink:

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^Up for Inspection!! This is where the cars get inspected to make sure they are all on an level playing feild, no Fuel addatives, making sure all the dimensions are correct, and all the cars weigh the same specified weight.

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^Going in for NASCAR Official Inspection...

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^Dale Jr. has his ducks in a row :lol:

(thought that was a neat pic, i didnt even mean to do it that way, but its how it turned out.)

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^Sterling Marlin, STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO HIS CAR.

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^More cars coming...and then...i saw it...the reason i was there...

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^JOE NEMECHEK'S CAR!!!! BUT WAIT!!!...theres more...I turned around...and...

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^ ITS JOE NEMECHEK!!! I met him, shook his hand and even got an autograph on a couple of things.

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^ See!! (I took advantage of an earlier opportunity to get out of my uniform, it was already 80 degrees and it was only 930AM.) And i wish i would have stayed in Uniform, becuase i looked to my left and guess who was there...

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^THE GENERAL OF THE ARMED FORCES OF TEXAS: Lt. General Metz :blink:

He was there specifically to thank me for Volunteering for Active Duty, isnt that special...ok, i lied, he was there for the race, but he thanked me anyway. :D

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^WOT...200+ MPH, and they get there in 15 seconds... :blink:

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^ZZZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM (Go Dale Jr.!!!!)

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^Coming around turn 4

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^ First (and certianly not last) Wreck for the day. Bobby Labonte got tapped coming a round turn 4 on the 5th lap and slammed into the wall. the front of his car was destroyed, he later came back out with a new front ned, but he was some 40 laps behind.

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^This car slid up into the wall to avoid Labonte, but he did it backwards...

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^Labonte after the wreck.

well guys, thats not all i havem but i think you get the general Jist of things. If you want me to post the rest of them, let me know.

Suffice it to say, this was the best experience of my life. the most fun i have had in a VERY long time. If you ever get the chance to go, dont skimp, get the pit passes and Garage Passes. they are worth it!

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Glad you had fun!

It is a lot of fun, my dad does business with Mead Coated Papers (MeadWestvaco now) and they sponsor Rusty Wallace so we've gone and done the pit pass thing, haven't done the garage passes though but Mead isn't as big a sponsor for rusty is as the Army is for Joe Nemecheck.

Cool!

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Glad you had fun!

It is a lot of fun, my dad does business with Mead Coated Papers (MeadWestvaco now) and they sponsor Rusty Wallace so we've gone and done the pit pass thing, haven't done the garage passes though but Mead isn't as big a sponsor for rusty is as the Army is for Joe Nemecheck.

Cool!

Do the garage passes next time you get a chance, they are worth it!

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