May 19, 2008, 11:04 am

Hey Now, You’re An All-Star!


My first NASCAR race and my guy wins the million dollar All-Star Race!

Yeah, and you can bet your socks I voted like nobody’s business to make sure he DID get in if he did not qualify in.

And then he wins.

It’s the thrill of a lifetime, truly. If you aren’t a fan, you can’t imagine and if you are a fan, I don’t have to describe it.

It’s Monday, I’m exhausted, I’m hoarse and I am still in North Carolina, awaiting my flight home via Houston.

I cannot get over how polite people are here in NC! Everyone smiles, everyone calls you “ma’am”, everyone has time to talk to you. Hell, everyone has time! There is a whole different pace here, and it took me exactly 24 hours to get used to it. I am most definitely in a “North Carolina State of Mind”. It’s great. The only place greener is Ireland.

There is an entire world out here that is NOT California.

Wish I could stay.

I’ll be back next year, only this time I’ll be staying for the Coca-Cola 600, too.


  • Janet

    May 20, 2008 at 8:01 am

    I’m a NC native who has been in CA for 8 years. I went through major culture shock the first year I was here. Everyone in CA seemed so rude!! I’ve since learned that is not so but it took me a while to get used to the differences. NC and CA are two different worlds. I’m glad you had a positive experience in my home state.

  • Katie Bee

    May 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Hey, I was waiting for you to post on this! I thought about you on Sunday morning when I read the race story – how exciting! It is really a thrill to see your racer win when you are there at the race in person. Our guy won at Richmond in 2005 to make it into the chase, so cool!!

  • Stephanie E.

    May 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Welcome to NC and Nascar! I had to work the weekend at the local ER, and you can imagine the odd carnage – but there is NOTHING like seeing a race live – I’m glad Kasey won for you – I need Jr. to win when I’m there!

    You have to contact me next year when you come back – we’re 30 minutes from the track…

  • NPs Save Lives

    May 21, 2008 at 8:54 am

    I loved visiting NC and would love to retire there one day. I’m having a hard time figuring out if I want the ocean or the mountains. Maybe I’ll win the lottery and do both.. Yeah right!

  • Onehealthpro

    May 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Southern hospitality is real!

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