My brother Johnnie and his family moved to NC and we went to visit him. Johnnie's son Jeremy races and therefore we met Ron Hornaday, #33- 4 time Craftsman Truck Series champion. My brother and Ron had become friends and so Johnnie introduced us. When we went to watch Jeremy race we met Chad Little who gave me and Mr. Paul garage passes for Martinsville, VA. That's how the horror began.
Our first NASCAR race. Who would have known that would be the start to a life we can't get enough of. That day was not only my first actual race but literally my first experience with NASCAR. I had heard of a few of the "veterans" names like Earnhardt, Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordan, Tony Stewart, etc but I was literally of the attitude that I would pretty much rather watch paint dry then watch a bunch of cars go in a circle. B-O-R-E-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had been known to watch a wreck or two on the recaps.
But what happened next was a miracle. They were introducing the drivers so as they did the drivers would come on a golf cart to a roped off area I happened to be standing in. The only thing I had to get autographs on was my Pit Pass so I ripped it off and hoped for the best. Of course since I didn't know who the drivers were or what they looked like, I just looked for a cart with a guy in a driving suit on and hoped for the best. Well I was walking backwards while whatever driver was signing and then I would turn and run back to get the next autograph. When suddenly I turned suddenly and wham! I ran into some guy in a drivers suit who grabbed my sides to steady us both and keep us from slamming onto the pavement. I didn't know who he was or what his name was but the one thing I could tell you was he was HOT! (Did I mention his wife is beautiful - she was there too)
As we got our balance we both smiled and I apologized as he said it was fine. I went to get another autograph and asked one of the other spectators who is that man over there and pointed. They said that is Jimmy Johnson #48 . I remember saying "Well that is my driver".
Jimmy won that race and the next 4 so I told Mr. Paul that I was good luck. See Jimmy touched me and won 5 in a row. LOL Anyway, many people tease me that I joined the bandwagon since Jimmy is well he is the best and has been for 4 years. As you can see by my story that is not the case, my choice was made by looks alone and no knowledge at all, but clearly it was a good one.
Now we have one race to go and Jimmy is 15 points behind the points leader, Denny Hamlin, #11. Homestead Motor Speedway, in Miami FL is a race that for the past 4 years Jimmy has not had to worry about. He went into this race already untouchable. This year that is not the case, he is 15 down and he needs to be ahead of Denny to win his 5Th consecutive Championship. Can he do it? We will know on Sunday. What do I say? Lowe's, lets build something together.