Carl took us to see an American institution - NASCAR

Talladega, Alabama


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Carl arranged for us to hop a bus to go to the Talladega Super Speedway. Here is Josh in the morning
on the bus for my 'before' photo.


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Here are Josh and Carl getting off the bus with the track behind them.


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Josh and Carl give this race the thumbs up.


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This was my first NASCAR race and I was excited.


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Here I am saying "To Infinity and Beyond!"


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Here is a look out towards the almost a mile-long grandstand. Seriously, it fits 140,000.

Video of Carl and Josh at the raceway


Video of 'drifting'



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Here is some Alabama BBQ and some fried bologna. Yes, really.


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This is me in front of an actual NASCAR. I think I've been in front of the M and Ms car
too when Nati and I were in Vegas. Here's Natalia with M and M car .


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We were on TV on the Speed channel, so naturally, I made a stellar sign.


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The Speed channel broadcasting from the race. I think it's nuts that they broadcast everything
other than the actual race.


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I took this photo for my buddy Jordan Disko and his 'ass buddy' idea. Here's a slogan for you dude!


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Carl and Josh with thousands of RVs behind them.


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The three of us at the sign for the Talladega Super Speedway.


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Josh loved the 'cultural experience' aspect of our tour. Here he is in the middle of the
campground just loving life.


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This truck is just so awesome, I don't even know what to say.


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A waffle house RV? Couldn't be. Yup, it is.


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Since it was Hallowe'en day, there was no shortage of ridiculous lawn ornaments and decorations.
Almost all of them involved empty beer cans.


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Carl with the grand stand in the distance. It's a little easier to obtain some manner
of scale when looking from this far away.


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Josh really liked this truck.


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This was the pre-game show with fans all over the track itself.


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Here are all of the cars all lined up before the race.

Video of the prayer before the NASCAR race



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Carl, Josh, and I chilling out in our seats. Thanks to our neighbour for taking this photo.
You can almost see the behemoth of a man (you can see his neck...) sitting next to Josh that
meant Josh paid for a full seat but got to use only half of one.


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The cars lining up for the race.


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My boy Montoya. Since I know nothing about NASCAR, I figured I'd cheer for someone who also
knew nothing of NASCAR since he came from F1.


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I took this photo for my sister's boyfriend Dalen. This is the Chevy numebr 24 car driven
by Jeff Gordon. He's a big Chevy guy.

Video of the starting pre-lap



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All of the cars on the last pre-lap.

Video of the start of Talladega



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The cars coming around on the first lap.


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So, 188 laps later, the race was over. Here is the eventual winner Kevin Harvick #29.


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Here are Carl and Josh as we're about to have a bite to eat back at the hotel in Atlanta.
Thanks for a great trip Carl!


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This is a giant cookie cake at the airport in Houston. I took this for my mom since she used to make
us cookie cakes for our birthdays.

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