Sunday, February 20, 2011

Daytona 500 Day

The biggest race of the year, the Daytona 500 was today . . . and Mota DVR-ed it! Why? Because church was right smack in the middle of the race! Unfortunately, after getting home he checked his facebook and texts before settling into his Lazy Boy. What he read was devastating... Earnhardt Jr. wrecked and for just a moment Mota almost decided not to watch the race. But he did, and what a race it was. 20 year old new comer Trevor Bayne, who'd never raced the 500, won! Even though I know Mota's heart will forever and always be with Earnhardt he was bouncing up and down and yelling. Today's race also brought a few tears to my eyes as well as Mota's (shhh don't tell). Before and during the race they honored Dale Earnhardt (senior), Mota's all time favorite racer since he was a tiny guy. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of his death at Daytona. What makes him so amazing to me is where he started and how he proved that if you work hard enough and want something bad enough you can achieve anything. Here's to you Earnhardt, you were a great man and one heck of a driver. The sport will never be the same.

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