Thursday morning the Cup Haulers came into the track so we took the kids down to watch them come in! The rest of the family came in Thursday morning. Once they got all set up, we went to Camping World in Statesville. After Camping World we went to Kyle Busch Motorsports, Penske and Hendrick race shops. Once we got back to the trailers, we walked up to the gate at the track and let the kids see and hear the race cars since they were qualifying. The kids loved seeing the cars on the track and hearing them! Ashton got to see his car qualify!
Saturday was race day for us! We didn't have tickets to the Cup race, but since we got free tickets to the Nationwide race, Kevin's sister and brother-in-law watched the kids for us so we could go. We went with some out of town friends, our niece Allison and Kevin's dad friend. Our seats were right near the start finish line! Unfortunately our racecar driver that we were all rooting for, Brian Vickers, didn't win the race. It ended up being a pretty boring race considering Kyle Busch dominated the whole race and led pretty much every lap! After the race was over, we all just hung out at the camper and played more cornhole.
Sunday morning our friends Chris, Angela and their 2 boys Hunter and Cameron came to the campground and had breakfast with us. After breakfast, they went back home and we went back up to the souvenir haulers. We were looking for a yellow Dollar General Matt Kenseth shirt for Ashton. We never found one, but we did get the girls Kasey Kahne shirts! When we were walking around, David Ragan was at the Speed stage with Monica Palumbo (former Miss Sprint Cup) . We waited until they were done with their Q&A and we asked Monica if we could get a picture with her and the kids. 2 years ago at the Red Bull Fan Day she was there and took a picture with them so it was cool to see the difference two years later. After we got done walking around, we went back to the camper so Allie could get ready to go to the race. When we got back, my best friend Jenni was there again! She hung out with us Sunday night during the race and had dinner with us. We took the kids up to the gate again before the start of the race so they could see all of the cars on the track at the same time. We didn't stay up there too long because we didn't have any ear protection. When we left the track, the kids through a fit because they wanted to see more race cars.
Monday came too fast! It was time to pack up and head back home. Until next year....