The rumble of the bleachers, the sound of the cheering fans, and the revving of the engines can only mean one thing…the anticipated wait for the Gillette Fusion Proglide 500 presented by Target race at Pocono Raceway has finally begun!
Let me give you a little re-cap of the weekend here at the Pocono Raceway, just in case you missed it! Yesterday June 6, 2010 all of the hard work finally paid off! Not to mention the whole weekend at the Pocono Raceway was a huge success. The festivities began at Pocono Raceway, Thursday at noon; when noon struck the Infield and the Family Grandstand RV camping areas opened up for eager campers to move in early for the “big race” on Sunday.
Friday June 5th 2010 was the first day the racetrack was open to the public. There was practice and qualifying for both the ARCA racing series and NASCAR cup series. This is when the excitement and anticipation began to intensify for the upcoming race on Sunday. People were finally seeing the stock cars, smelling the burning rubber, and participating in all of the extra activities happening at the raceway from Fan Fair to the exciting happenings in the Infield.
One of my favorite parts of the race weekend is Fan Fair. Fan Fair is where all different kinds of vendors set up for shop, promoting their latest products and selling souvenir merchandise. Also while walking around Fan Fair you can see some of the stock cars that will be racing on Sunday. Not to mention you get a ton of free samples, from food to body wash to t-shirts, you can find a wide variety of samples throughout Fan Fair. Plus it is just an exciting one of a kind atmosphere that you cannot find anywhere else, and if you are missing out on Fan Fair I suggest you make it a priority to check out what I am talking about!
Now onto Sunday June 6th 2010! The day of the Gillette Fusion Proglide 500 presented by Target! To start the off the race Target had shopping carts that were actually go-carts on the track before the race as a little pre-race entertainment. These motorized shopping carts were definitely a hit with the crowd. I wish I would have had the opportunity to drive one! Next began the traditional National Anthem. Seeing the entire pit crews stand in respect to the flag along with the rest of the crowd was awesome to witness. It just gives such a sense of pride to see everyone in silence with respect to our country. Then the fun is supposed to begin, the drivers are to start their engines, and receive the green flag to go. But unfortunately this exciting moment was delayed thanks to some heavy down pouring rain. Thankfully the treacherous weather moved quickly and Pocono had bright and sunny weather for the rest of the race! During the race there were a few close calls with debris, and then the huge wreck right on the last lap; talk about an adrenalin rush, but Denny Hamlin eventually took the checkered flag throughout all of the day’s events!
I had a blast this entire weekend, from seeing all of the campers, to the television stations that broadcasted live, Fan Fair, and not to mention the race itself! This weekend was a blast and if you unfortunately missed this one, I recommend you clear your schedule for the weekend of July 30th, July 31st, and August 1st, for the Pennsylvania 500. Also on July 31st, 2010 there is going to be the Camping World Truck Series which is definitely another event worth coming out for! Stay tuned to my blog and I will keep you updated on all of the happenings here at the Pocono Raceway!