If you want some place for the entire family to enjoy, the NASCAR race is the place to go. I should know because I was there.
It was Sept. 14, 2008, at 1 in the afternoon as we pulled into the parking area. It was my first NASCAR race at the New Hampshire International Speedway. After a four-hour drive, we arrived in New Hampshire. We passed through the gate, a quick souvenir stop and to our seats.
From where we were seated we could see the entire track. The jet dryers were busy due to rain that morning. With the command to start your engines, the cars rolled out onto the track. After a few laps the pace car turned into pit road and the green flag waved. They were racing.
Around lap five, the No. 99 of Carl Edwards passed the No. 18 of Kyle Busch for the lead. I was enjoying flipping through the channels on the scanner when I saw the No. 38 car get bumped by the No. 44 car on lap 13. He did a great job of saving it. Then on lap 18 Busch’s car looked weird. Later I found out that something happened to the car’s sway bar.
On lap 66, Jimmy Johnson in No. 48 took the lead away from Carl Edwards. Just watching Busch hold onto his out-of-control car was amazing. Then on lap 83, Busch lost control of his car and spun. The smoke from his car caused the No. 6 and the No. 26 to crash into each other. The No. 26 skidded into Busch. The caution came out and the drivers pitted.
Later with Johnson leading, the drivers came in for green flag pit stops. The lead changed many times. Then on lap 214, a caution came out because of debris. It was a piece of tube off one of the cars. With 80 laps to go, Johnson took the lead. Then a multicar accident occurred on lap 220 that brought out the red flag. The crash involved No. 5, No. 38, No. 17, No. 45 and No. 82.
After the track was cleared, the race restarted. With 20 laps to go, the No. 6 car spun and brought out a caution. He suffered very little damage. With 12 laps to go, Greg Biffle in the No. 16 shot past the No. 48 to take the lead. Biffle took the white flag, then the final lap to the finish line.
It was cool to see a race car do doughnuts. My first race was so much fun. I’m looking forward to my next.
Michael Bora is an eighth-grader at Schenectady Christian School in Schenectady