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DAYTONA 500 - It's a Celebration!! 
Feb. 28, 2012 6:17 pm 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2012 7:49 pm
My husband and son have never watched baseball, football, basketball or golf.  That being said, it's February.  Waiting for that all important day... the Daytona 500 on Sunday.  It is the kickoff event for NASCAR.  No, wait...they don't just have ONE race, they have an entire WEEK dedicated to this stuff.  First you have the Bud Shootout, then the Gatorade Duel, then the truck race, the Nationwide race and finally...the main event - the Daytona 500.  Oh the drama, will Jimmie Johnson win the championship this year, will Kyle Busch still be the bad boy, and all the males in the country just wanted to look at Danica Patrick.  (Couldn't they just have kept the camera on Carl Edwards?)  All the while just waiting for 43 cars to make one left turn after another.  While I sound quite knowledgeable about NASCAR, I glean more info from the pre-race shows than from the actual races themselves.  Race time is an opportunity to poke my head in a book (or Kindle), take a nap, or putz around the kitchen.
Race day meals are usually snack/appetizer-type items and the start to the racing season was no different.  Pizza was on the menu and I used the following pizza crust recipe.  Very easy!<
I again made do with ingredients I had on hand.  Italian sausage from the freezer, part of a bag of Mexican cheese blend, some mozzarella, and some shredded Parmesan.  I had a partial bulb of garlic, so I roasted that off and added it to the toppings.  Also in the mix were some black olives, green olives, and sliced shallots.  Utilizing tomato sauce from the pantry, I doctored it up with seasonings for the sauce.  Yum!  (I really do cook, you've just never heard much about it before!)
Oh, back to the race.  It rained, then it stopped, then it rained some more.  And as the announcers pulled up old coverage of past races, told stories of days gone by, and interviewed everyone and their mother, 5 very long hours went by.  Only to be told at the end that the race was postponed until Monday at noon.  Are you kidding me?  So dutiful and loving wife that I am, I taped the race for my hubby on Monday.  When I got home that evening, he was watching the race, presumably off of tape.  Nope!  Race delayed again until that evening.  So now I've got a lovely 5 hours worth of "Here Comes the Judge" type of shows along with Maury and Jerry Springer.  Where is that delete button?
The actual race itself?  Beatin' and bangin', threats of rain, and oh yes, the incredible FIREBALL that stopped the race for 2 whole hours.  Sheesh! (No one was hurt...)  After over 5 very long hours, Matt Kenseth reigned supreme.
The good part about being a part of a NASCAR family?  We understand all of the inside jokes in Talladega Nights and Cars movies.  Until next race day...
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Feb. 28, 2012 7:58 pm
I share your "pain". My husb is a huge NASCAR fan, too. It seems like the last race was just held a few weeks ago and then it is already DAYTONA. Mine, however, does watch football, basketball, and baseball, also. He is also an Indy car fan and he and our adult son go to the 500 every May. It could be worse, of course, so it really isn't "complaining" ~ but I do so understand!! I guess I always think when Daytona rolls around...gardening season isn't TOO FAR behind!!
Feb. 28, 2012 8:15 pm
Hi chris k! You are so right, can't wait for gardening season. We've been to NASCAR races in Bristol and Michigan, as well as Chicago. At least watching at home I can eat when I want, take a nap, and don't have to wait in line for the bathroom!
Feb. 28, 2012 8:50 pm
Hey there friend! I can honestly say that #1)I'm not a fan of car races at all. I really do not see the point in it nor how it qualifies as a sport, #2)I am however a fan of team sports like Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, heck....even golf (even though that's not really a team sport), #3) any excuse to eat good pizza......I will reconsider. Your's looks great!, #4) I did happen to catch the FIREBALL as it happened last night, and on the news about 14 times today, I'm very glad no one got hurt. Miss you and your fun self woman...
Feb. 28, 2012 8:59 pm
The actual races I've been to? I could actually nod off during the race. Miss you too!
Feb. 29, 2012 6:17 am
I'm totally going to try that pizza dough recipe, thanks for posting. I had to laugh about your description of the races...after years of listening to people make fun of NASCAR, I finally went to a race. We got free tickets through work. I'm a car enthusiast and love driving...the first ten laps were exciting and I kept my ear plugs tightly lodged and my beer cup full...thank God, because after that it just became utterly dull. I had a "laugh out loud" moment when I realized WHY race attendees drank so much (as I stepped over pools of vomit everywhere I went). It really is difficult to maintain your attention on the races unless you're a little it. You're a good woman, hope your hubby appreciates all you do...including cooking a kick- pizza!
Feb. 29, 2012 6:18 am
Magnolia-my husband would be right there with your husband and son watching Nascar! He will view anything on T.V. that has to do with cars! I on the other hand, would be with you munching on pizza.
Feb. 29, 2012 7:43 am
Ah, the Daytona 500. The Superbowl of auto racing. "Any other sport is just a game". I'm a huge fan of NASCAR but wholeheartedly agree that some of the races can be boring due to the track layout. As for the FIREBALL, what are the odds of a car hitting a jet blower on a caution? Juan in 42 I,d guess. As for the pizza crust, thank you, it's right up my alley - EASY.
Feb. 29, 2012 9:30 am
Hey Lora! My mom and dad were both race car (stock) drivers many, many years ago and I guess it's in my blood a little bit. I'm a car enthusiast and love going to the races but I could never get into watching it on TV. We have Heartland Park practically in our back yard and we've been to a few events there over the years. Love the feel of the "rumble" when you're there in person.
Feb. 29, 2012 10:00 am
My bro is a nascar fanatic too. I bet he just about drove his new bride nuts this weekend with the rain delays etc etc etc :) f she can get through this, she will have a long and happy marriage ahead of her :)
Feb. 29, 2012 10:13 am
Hey Irish, the pizza crust is very good. And I really did start to nod off during some of the races, until I got jostled by the drunk next to me.
Feb. 29, 2012 10:13 am
Lela, we must be kindred spirits.
Feb. 29, 2012 10:15 am
bd.weld - I really don't mind the racing and I guess since I've been around it for so long now, it's preferable to the other sports on TV that I don't understand or care about. P.S. I enjoy EASY too! That recipe is a keeper.
Feb. 29, 2012 10:16 am
Mi Being Mi, I can understand the rumble, but Holy Cow! We went to Bristol and that rumble went right through to my spine. LOL!
Feb. 29, 2012 10:18 am
mauigirl, as long as she can make a good pizza, she'll be OK.
Feb. 29, 2012 12:03 pm
Well heck, I feel like an anomaly here... I AM a HUGE NASCAR nut for a Canuck girl, have been to 7-8 races and look forward to EVERY single race come every single weekend and was BORED to tears in the 2 months that there was no racing! :P I wasn't able to keep my peepers open for all of the race Monday night, so hubs recorded it so we could watch it last night. We went to bed Monday night about 5 minutes before Juan's attempt at lighting off the rocket (Q ~ How many people does it take to blow up a jet dryer truck? A ~ Just 'Juan'!!!) really, I LMAO at that one! (see how race nerdy I am?!) :D Anyway, back to the Great American Race weekend - yes, very long indeed and watched EVERY single race from the Shootout, to the Duals and the trucks and the Nationwide series (and even the ARCA series too!).... I plan our meals around raceday and usually it is something pre-made, ready to fired on the grill or into the oven (BBQ chicken pizza is a fav too). Already looking forward to Phoenix this weekend! :D
Feb. 29, 2012 2:16 pm
Not quite the fan Gitano(the joke is hilarious!) is but I generally enjoy watching the races. That is on TV! Where my fillings aren't vibrated out, I can use my own restroom and I don't have to worry about falling down the steep steps (like at Bristol). And I am always there for the food. That pizza looks GOOD!
Mar. 1, 2012 9:53 am
MB - I had to let you know NB Papa was cheering for Matt Kenseth - I am convinced that we helped pay for that Best Buy sponsored car that Kenseth was driving. I really thought this might be the race that never ends. :)
Mar. 1, 2012 11:06 am
Gitano, I really don't mind the races so much, and some bits are interesting, but really? I swear, the more I tell the story, the longer the race gets (like about 4 days long by now).
Mar. 1, 2012 11:07 am
Cat - I don't mind the "race experience", but I sure like my own restroom facilities and not having beer, soda & other unknown substances spilled on me by others.
Mar. 1, 2012 11:08 am
BN, we don't mind that Kenseth won, however, I think the DH was rooting for Junior, he's been in such a non-winning streak lately.
Mar. 1, 2012 12:27 pm
130 races and counting for Jr.'s losing streak....:P and for the record, I am NOT a Jr fan. I am sure I will have plenty of hot irons hurtling toward my head for that remark too :D The races are indeed long, what gets me the most is the commercials that have jumped from every 5-6 minutes to every 2-3 minutes and now last LONGER than the race coverage inbetween! I am fit to be tied about it, but that is another rant for another day. I can see your point MB, I feel the same about lord...the only reason I even watch football with hubs is to see the 'tight ends' LMAO! :P
Mar. 1, 2012 5:44 pm
Oh, Gitano, I never thought about "that end" of watching football, LOL! Some of the drivers do look pretty good in their firesuits. And I'll rant right along with you about the commercials. My hubby gets so incredibly ticked off about it. Thanks for stopping in!
Mar. 5, 2012 6:25 pm
Hiya Miss MB! I am laughing right out loud AGAIN! You do make me laugh. I rate watching NASCAR races on T.V. right up there with watching Golf on T.V. Same thing over and over and over. With Golf though it's lots and lots of blue sky and oh yes.... that tine little white ball. I'm with you. COME on garden season. Your Pizza looks way yummy too!
Mar. 5, 2012 8:08 pm
I can just see your smilin' face Candice!
Mar. 6, 2012 10:23 am
I started watching Nascar with my hubby and found I enjoyed it. After a few races he forced me to pick my own driver to cheer for. So, I went about picking a name...Mark Martin, oh that is a nice name...wait, Jimmie Johnson, JJ, Jimmie John, oh, that name was cool. I put up this front for a while, trying to decide. Meanwhile, time had passed and I had been paying attention and Jimmie Johnson won a few races, so I naturally chose Jimmie Johnson. But, if my hubby tells the story, he tells it saying I chose Jimmie because of his name. I won the Nascar pool the next year - beating all the experts in the pool. Tell me I didn't pay attention now boys!
Mar. 7, 2012 7:49 pm
Hehe Karen, too funny! Actually, I like Mark Martin. He nearly won a championship a couple of years ago.
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