Rain and dirt tracks don't mix well. They do wet the track to keep the dust down, but it's a small controlled amount of water. The rain made the track real muddy and unsafe to race on, so we waited about three hours while all the race cars ran around the track slowly so the heat from their exhaust would dry and pack the dirt. They finally got it in good enough shape to race on, so they had a short period of "hot laps" (practice) and then qualifying laps for each of the four divisions. Qualifications would normally be time consuming as each car goes out alone for a couple of laps. But here they put 6-8 cars on the track at a time for about 5 laps and use electronic transponders to keep track of their lap times. So that part didn't take long at all. They lined up for the first of four feature races at 10:15. The racing was very exciting, and the final checkered flag was waved around 12:30am. It was one of those times when it would have been nice to boondock in the RV in the track parking lot. (There were two motorhomes parked there for the night.) We might do that sometime.
Here's a rainbow we saw when we got to the track.
There was another lighter one above it, but it's very faint in the picture. (click to make larger).
For a small local track, it's a very nice facility. The grandstands are the same type of aluminum stands you see at large NASCAR tracks, with seat backs and full flooring. The temperature was around 70, but very humid so it felt a lot cooler. I'm glad we had jackets with us, and Mike came to my rescue with a blanket from the car.
What a great night! It would be fun to go to different race tracks as we travel around the country.
I didn't get up till 10:30 this morning. Jim got up earlier and got started on his annual race watching marathon. First up was the Monaco Grand Prix early this morning, then the Indianapolis 500 this afternoon. When that was over he had a couple of hours until the NASCAR Charlotte 600. So he got ready for tomorrow's departure by dumping dumped the tanks, checking the tires, and taking his truck to fill up with diesel (which went down seven cents a gallon since the last fill up). I went over to Terri and Mike's for awhile. It's our last day with them and I wanted to just sit and talk with them awhile.
So we're now watching the Charlotte 600 miler, and Terri and Mike are coming over this evening for a final goodbye chat. It's been a great two weeks with a great couple. We'll sure miss them, but we'll see them again down the road. It's time to move on tomorrow. Farther north, and closer to Canada!