Welcome to ‘Dega
Wednesday we were wheels up for Talladega. This was my maiden voyage to the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Driving into the track for the first time was pretty cool. This place is huge.
Thursday the cars made their way onto the track for two practice sessions. Both Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) cars with Travis Pastrana and Trevor Bayne were very strong.
Friday NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) cars were scheduled to qualify. Due to strong practice times, both RFR Ford Mustangs went out late. With just a few cars left, Travis went out and set the fastest time of the day. The lap held up, earning Travis his first career NNS pole. The pole was also Jack Roush’s first NNS pole at Talladega Superspeedway.
As a PR rep, this was the first time I’d experienced a team earning the pole, too. A pole at Daytona or Talladega is a true illustration of how hard the team works, so it was cool to see them get that recognition as well.
While it may be old news to other PR reps, what happens after your team wins the pole was all brand new to me. Travis did some TV interviews and then made his way to the pole board to sign his name and take some photographs. After that the driver, team and car reported to Victory Lane for some more interviews and photo ops. When that finished up, it was straight to the media center for some more questions, followed by a few radio interviews.
I woke up Saturday morning to the sound of rain. Rain and the race track don’t mix. We sat around for a good portion of the day waiting out the rain. It was a great opportunity to catch up on work and some CMT.
When the race finally got under way, the RFR teams each had very strong cars. Unfortunately, Travis got caught up in an accident and was unable to finish the race.
After the girls and I got lost on the way back to the airport, it was finally time to head home. See you next year, ‘Dega.