For all the rain that we got in the afternoon, it turned out to be a beautiful night. The track was extremely wet, however Team Demo and track personnel worked very hard to get it ready. The start had to be delayed a half an hour to ensure the track was ready. The National Anthem consisted of a guitar rendition that was fabulous. Kudos to Team Demo! There was a shocker in the first round when two time season winner Mean Green Machine was eliminated. Throughout the evening Reel Steel looked like the team to beat and in the end it was Real Steel pulling out the victory. I normally shoot from the back stretch looking towards the main grandstand, however it was extremely muddy. I thought I could do it until this happened!
While this may not be the greatest or even a good shot, the backstory was pretty funny. I saw the car coming, but when I went to get out of the way, I found my feet had sunken into the mud, like quicksand, and were stuck. I was struggling to get my feet out of the mud and the only thing I could think of was, "This is going to hurt!". Thankfully, the wall did its job. At that point, retreat was the better part of valor and I moved my position. The rest of the night I shot from a safe position on the frontstretch by turn one.
In the Figure Eight Car race it was Rob Hess taking home he checkered flag and in the trucks it was, again, the #13 of Donnie Lutz continuing his dominance.
There was also an amateur demo race, but to tell the truth, it wasn't all that impressive. You can really tell the difference between the pros and the amateurs.
Here are a few from the night.