So me and my family went to a Nascar race in Martinsville, VA this sunday. It was a late christmas present. We left Saturday morning, it takes about 6 hours to get there. Got to our hotel, went out to eat, and played poker unil about 2 in the morning (I won 12 dollars, YAY!). The race starts about 1pm but we decided to get up early because my parents said between traffic and the sheer amount of people you need to be early. So we get up at 7, eat breakfast and leave at 8 for the track, arrive at the track about 8:30, there was no wait and not that many people there. So here we are 9am in the morning wondering around with nothing to do, the race doesn't start for 4 hours and it's starting to get hot out (blah).
We start looking around and do some shopping but there really isn't that much to see. By now I'm bored and had no idea it would get worse. Skip ahead to just before the start of the race, god they kiss so many people's asses before they start, it was like a fucking awards ceremony in school. So the race is about to start, sure it's hot and I'm tired from the last couple of nights but it's sorta exciting. I semi-enjoy races on tv, they are interesting and I've always enjoyed other sporting events more in person than on tv. Sadly this was not the case. The race was beyond boring, by lap 50 I'm like "oh god they've got 450 more laps of this shit". The wrecks weren't even exciting because you couldn't hear or see what was happening really. If at any time you wanted to know what was going on you had to watch the screen, which is like watching tv with no audio. By lap 75 I'm tired, hot, and miserable, so tired that I'm practically falling asleep, the noise of the cars is deafening loud but even still is an hypnotic experience slowly putting you to sleep.
The seating was beyond cramped, it's bleacher seating and the amount they give you for each seat is like 12 damn inches. And the thing about racing is that half the fans there are fat, and I mean FAT!, some of them literally takng up 2 or 3 seats. So your cramped as hell, hot, tired, and bored. I'm ready to go! I leave to go to the bathroom and decided to rest inside where the food is sold, it's right under the bleachers and it's nice and cool. I sit down and prop myself up against a pole, my sister and her boyfriend soon join me, they hated it just as much as me. We sat there for a good 30 minutes, I was dosing in and out, I think I slept 10 minutes. Got up feeling semi-refreshed and decided to get a freezy ($4) >:| Went back to our seat, by then it was like lap 140 and I was fealing better. The race was able to keep my attention for about 50 laps until I started to get really hot and sleepy again. I excused myself a couple times to go in the shade and cool off. By lap 250 I'm fucking beyond miserable, so very tired and before this I didn't want my dad to see me sleeping. He loves the race and he's so damn sensitive that he'd be kinda upset if he didn't think we were enjoying ourself. So now I'm done thinking about other people, I tried to take a couple power naps but the sun is beating down and I'm squished from the seats. I leave, back to the shaded area, people are walking all about and staring but I don't care, I find an area, sit down and close my eyes. I think I was sleeping about an hour before the cops came up and asked me if I was alright, they thought I might of been a passed out drunk or sick somehow. I told them I was hot and tired and came in here to take a nap. They leave. I go back to sleep. Another hour passed and my older brother comes out, he feels sick and tired so he sits down beside me and takes a nap. We finally went back to the track with about 50 laps to go, they were actually semi-enjoyable. I didn't care who won. Finally the race ends, I'm so happy, I just want to get the hell out of there and go home. My stepmom bought food for us to eat while we waiting for traffic to clear out. All of us were hot and tired so we told her no and started the ride home. I couldn't afford to sleep on the ride, my brother wouldn't let me drive and he's not responsible enough to stay awake, so it was either sleep and die or force myself awake. Not that I would of drove, had it been up to me I would of got a hotel room for the night.
He has a little dvd system with 2 monitors in his Jeep, it is actually pretty nice. It's a cheap dvd player and the monitors sorta small, plus they just velcro around the headrest. I think he paid 200 dollars for it and as cheap as it is it's definitely worth it. I watched 'Saw', which was pretty good until near the end when they finally get the upper hand and do nothing. I hate movies where they have the chance to kill the bad guy but don't. It was no where near as bad as 'Returner' but it was still bad. The reveal at the very end, while semi-predictable sorta made up for it. Also watched 'The Incredibles' again, I've seen the movie like 4 times now. It's lovely
I don't understand how so many people can find races enjoyable, the stadiums are always filled up with 100,000 or more. It's miserable and the only conclusion I can come up with is that most of them are drunk or just very simple minded
I didn't go to work and slept til 2 in the afternoon today, I was burnt last night but I woke up today and it looks 10x worse. If I ever go to a race again (which I won't) I'm not showing up until it starts. Oh and we also went to the live taping of The Speed Channel preshow, it was boring. People are dumb and do anything to get on tv.
I think I'm going back to sleep