Wow. Just wow! 18 Sports just finished up their coverage over the past three days at Watkins Glen International, and while we're a little tired, and some of us a little sun burnt, we're all pretty pumped up...for next year's race.
After the adrenaline rush that was the non stop weekend at The Glen, it's hard to sit at a computer and type up a script or even write this blog. I'm so use to coming home smelling like sweat, burning rubber, and gasoline (if Sunoco made a cologne, that would be it).
I've been around pro football players, pro baseball players, and pro basketball players, but the NASCAR drivers were the most personable. Our hope is to have the interviewee come across as human as possible. We're not looking for the politically correct/robot answer, we're looking for some personality. Something that will have the viewers grinning or chuckling. Brad Keselowski was bar tending at Bleachers in downtown Watkins Glen the Thursday before the race. If he wasn't surrounded by Miller Lite reps, you would have had no idea who he was.
The finish to the Sprint Cup race will go down as one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever seen with my own eyes. I was stationed at turn 10. I glared up at the big screen to see who would have the lead heading down the stretch, when I saw Kyle Busch get spun out, I knew two things. He wasn't going to be happy after the race, and that it was going to come down to that final stretch. To this moment, I don't know how Ambrose held on to that lead with Keselowski running so close behind him, but it was a great race by the Aussie.
The biggest thumbs up will go to the crew at W.G.I. They housed thousands of media, sponsors, and fans for the 3 days, and there was a new experience every day, and they even put out food that reporters wouldn't complain about. I can't tell you how rare that is.
But now comes the hard part...waiting 365 days until next year.
See you at 11 p.m - Alex