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Michelle
I cannot believe Jeff Gordon just raced his final NASCAR race.
It seems like yesterday I was a kid watching my first NASCAR race because of him.

When he announced his retirement this year, I couldn't wrap my head around what NASCAR would be like without JEFF GORDON. I've never known NASCAR without him. I just kept telling myself to take it all in "but I don't know what I'm gonna do come Homestead..." and in the blink of an eye, here it is - Homestead. Through all the photo montages, video packages, and tributes I believed it was real but it still didn't seem true. It still doesn't. The fact that the 2016 season is going to start in February and the 24 car won't be driven by Jeff Gordon... that is just so crazy to think about. As a fan, I'm so thankful to have been a part of Jeff's journey; to see everything he accomplished - the legacy that he left both on and off the racetrack. I'm thankful for all the memories I made at Pocono and Dover: sitting in the DuPont Hospitality Tent at Dover when I was 13 hearing him speak before the race, getting my picture taken with him in the garage at Pocono, getting autographs on autograph alley at Pocono, seeing him win twice at Pocono, and simply watching him interact with the fans and seeing the respect he has in the garage area. It's really hard to believe that the next time I go to the track I won't be watching him strap in to the 24.

Today was also the end of another era, Michael Waltrip Racing. I was a fan from day 1, watching them build the team from the ground up. I remember watching ESPN's weekly special, "Michael Waltrip Racing: A New Era" to see the progress they were making before their first full season, 2007, and seeing them transform and old movie theater into Raceworld USA. I remember bawling during the episode when Mikey sat David down in a meeting room and told him he was hiring him to drive the #00. I was so happy to see someone as talented and humble as David get a Cup ride. 2007 sure as hell wasn't an easy year. Everything was new - the manufacturer, the crew chiefs, the teams, the drivers, but they continually learned and improved. Watching David's career at MWR through the good and the bad are the absolute best memories I have as a NASCAR fan. The memories I made with David and MWR are second to none. I obviously hate the way things ended for David there, still find it unprofessional, and still wonder what things "could have been" and who was really responsible for the decision. But, I can't believe the team that David spent almost his entire career driving with is closing its doors.

NASCAR without David isn't always easy for me. There's some races where I still find myself looking at the leaderboard waiting for his name to go across the screen. And the hardest part was I never knew it was going to be the end of his career. There was no announcement or anything to prepare you, it just ended. NASCAR has never even close to being the same for me after that. But, I still had Jeff. There was still a reason to turn on the race every week and cheer for someone I'm a die hard fan of; the one who started it all. Although I'll always be a racing fan, I can't believe that everything I've put my heart and soul into in NASCAR is no longer there. 
 
 
Mood: sadsad
Music: sorry - justin bieber
 
 
Michelle
Hi. It's been almost a year since I posted anything.

I miss David Reutimann. I guess why I don't post much anymore (aside from the face that i'm busy as hell) is because 90% of this blog was about him and Nascar.

This was the first season he hasn't run in Nascar full time, and it's just not the same. I'm super happy for him that Beak Built is successful and he's happy building dirt cars, but I really miss watching him race every week. This was also the first year that I didn't see him at all. I even went to his shop in North Carolina this summer and he wasn't there! I still feel like this is way too soon and he has so much racing left in him, but I don't know if he'll ever be back in Nascar. I try not to think about it a lot because I don't want it to be true. :(

And it's always in the back of my mind... he would've won so many races if he had the chance to drive the kind of equipment MWR has now versus when they were a start-up team. He won when the equipment was horrible, imagine what he could do with what they have now. And if they had the new Chase format when he was there he would've been in it. So many "what ifs."

He still races on dirt sometimes but it's really hard to follow since you can't watch it on tv or even stream it online unless it's a really big race. He said he'd only race in Nascar again it's a competitive ride because he's done racing for low budget teams, and I don't blame him. Those teams like TBR and BK Racing absolutely killed his reputation. No wonder he doesn't want to go through that anymore. I'm hoping a competitive ride comes along but with Nascar's obsession with young drivers I doubt that will happen, as sad and unfair as it is.

david richmond; pole 5
 
 
Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Music: christmas music
 
 
Michelle
06 January 2014 @ 07:04 pm
Ok, here's an actual post. I always do one of those end of the year surveys and forgot to do one for 2013, so here it is. And sorry I haven't read my friends page in months, I've been soooo busy with college that I have no life at all when I'm there and have no free time.

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Mood: crushedcrushed
 
 
Michelle
"After completing a full season with BK Racing in 2013, the decision has been mutually made to part ways between driver David Reutimann and BK Racing effective immediately. Due to the current uncertainty of the team's 2014 driver lineup, driver David Reutimann has decided not to pursue a seat with BK Racing for 2014. No official driver lineup for the upcoming season is currently available at this time. "

Another year, another instance of David getting screwed over.
It's JANUARY and now David has NOTHING. This is absolutely ridiculous. All because they're fucking obsessed with new young drivers now, and loved Alex Bowman when he tested for them before. And as soon as I saw Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex were testing for BK at Daytona I KNEW bad news was going to follow. Alex has his whole career ahead of him, why rush into it? Umm how about having RESPECT for your current drivers? If one of the drivers was not going to be at BK this year I thought it would be Travis because of the negative headlines he brought to the team last season. I honestly have no idea what the hell is going to happen now, there's hardly any rides out there. And I know David is building his company, but he said himself he's not ready to retire yet. He's only 43 years old! People act like he's 70 or something. He loves to race and deserves to be racing! He could be a champion if people would just get their heads out of their damn asses and SIGN HIM TO A GOOD TEAM ALREADY. I can't take this anymore! How many more blows to his confidence does he need with these bottom tier teams?! I'm thankful that he had rides in 2012 and 2013 but really all they have done is KILL his reputation. The nicest guy in Nascar gets treated the worst, shouldn't it be the other way around. I could just scream right now. I just hope he finds something because if David's Nascar career is over I can't handle it. Like even Nationwide or Truck. SOMETHING. And would it be too much to ask for something COMPETITIVE OR AT LEAST HALF DECENT?!?!!  And why does BK Racing continue to put drivers through this by not finalizing their lineup until mid January?!?! Hmm wasn't that part of why Landon Cassill left too, aside from the money they were just waiting and waiting to give him an answer because they truly wanted someone else (and that someone else was David at the time.) And I  guarantee January 2015 Alex Bowman will be sitting there waiting and waiting on news if he's going to be racing or not while BK pursues other drivers and takes their grand old time. Great system, Ron Devine, great system. UGHHH.

I only ever come on LJ to rant anymore, sorry for never posting any actual content.
 
 
Mood: melancholymelancholy
Music: Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
 
 
Michelle
11 January 2009 @ 01:45 pm

I made this last night, hope you guys like it. :)
 
 
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished .
Music: the boys are back - hsm3 .
 
 
 
Michelle
08 February 2008 @ 07:12 pm



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