Who Are the Race Fans?

April 11, 2011 at 12:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

You know how sometimes you’re going along and you see a business and you think “Who patronizes that place? I don’t know anybody who has ever been there!”? It happens to me pretty much every time I pass a Long John Silver’s, but that’s not the point of this post.

I’m curious about the folks who support area race tracks, such as Eagle Raceway, Nebraska Raceway Park, and so on. Who are those people? I say that with no judgement whatsoever, so don’t mistake my purpose here. I’m genuinely curious. In my entire life I can only recall a couple times where an acquaintance has ever even mentioned going to an auto race in the area, and the most recent time was many years ago. Yet the raceways still exist and operate—the lights shone bright at Nebraska Raceway Park on Saturday night—so somebody is supporting them. Who?

I hope the answer is one (or more) of you. I don’t like having these gaps in my connection to the area. It makes me feel incomplete. I figure I can’t participate in all the opportunities out there, but at least I can know people who do. So are you a race fan, or do you know somebody who is? What can you tell us about auto racing in southeast Nebraska?

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jwiltshire April 11, 2011 at 2:40pm

It’s me. I eat at Long John Silvers a few times a year.

CP April 11, 2011 at 5:01pm

I like Long John Silvers. I’d never try to convince someone else to eat there - I’m under no illusions of quality - but I like it.

I also like car racing. I only attend one every few years, but I always think I should go more often.

There are a couple of other parents at my daughter’s daycare who actually compete in these races. They are always talking racetrack politics. I also think the guys at Piedmont Auto Service are active racers, from what I can tell.

I am pretty sure that many of the participants drive in from the area countryside, based upon observations of garages and out buildings as I troll about for landscapes to photograph.

Stacy April 11, 2011 at 5:09pm

I have several friends who go to the races.  One of them is a mechanic for one of the teams that participate.

Fletch April 11, 2011 at 8:33pm

We need a “Like” button for posts such as this one. Well played!

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