Greetings from your breadman emeritus in Southboro, MA.
No trackchasing this weekend, as I'm in MA to
celebrate my niece, Amy's 21st birthday. Some of you know that she was born with
cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair while having minimal motor
skills. Any time spent with her is time well spent, and reminds me that my
problems are minimal compared to her's. Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face
than putting 1 on her. I did that by surprising her last night, and will do so
again shortly by taking her to breakfast. While I have a minute, I will update
you on my last new track on Tuesday.
They put dirt down on the Berlin Raceway for the
2nd year in a row, and a rare Tuesday race for the SOD group made for a visit to
MI. I couldn't go last year as Suz was hospital bound in Boston. I accepted
lodging at the Brown B&B where Chef Nancy spoiled me again. We joined Allan
Brown's brother, Adrian, at the track for a 4 division card that was very
entertaining on a very slick track. Visions of Flemington danced in my head as
Berlin is track with the closest shape to "the Square". SOD drew a pleasantly
unexpected 27 cars of high quality that included Shane Stewart, Randy Hannegan
and Greg Wilson. That didn't deter Dustin Daggett, as he defended his home turf
with an impressive display of rim riding.
The highlight of the evening may have been talking
to Nanette Ferguson 38 years after she sold me my first National Speedway
Directory at Rolling Wheels Raceway in NY. I thanked her for that and how it
changed my life. I already had some wanderlust, but had no idea at the time that
there was so much racing in the USA. That book spurred me on, and 1300+ tracks
later I'm grateful that the book led to me having a wonderful life of exploring
my country and the world. It was truly a nice moment.
Next weekend will find me at the Tri-City Raceway
in IL for the Gold Crown midget races. Adios.