Thursday was quite a day around Kevin Harvick Inc. It marked the debut of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) sponsorship of Ron Hornaday's Craftman Truck Series #33 and the #77 Nationwide car driven by Cale Gale. The VFW colors will debut this weekend at Martinsville with Hornaday - so look for the red, white and blue paint scheme on FOX-TV Saturday afternoon.
More than 200 visitors - many of whom had returned only days before to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina after a 15-month deployment - attended the event at KHI, which was called "A Celebration of Heroes." They got a shop tour, saw the unveiling of the new racecar and truck and then got to see pit stop practice. A fun and meaningful day for many.
Thursday also marked the 2008 running of the nearly world famous SPRING FLING karting race and extravaganza at Hee Haw Speedway in Kernersville, NC. As a new entrant, I was allowed the use of what was unceremoniously known and labeled as the "COMMUNITY KART." It was essentially their version of a yellow rookie stripe and despite some fuel pick-up issues which rendered my kart useless for the first lap of each restart, I managed to achieve all of my goals: 1.) do not injure anyone 2.) do not damage the kart and 3.) do not leave the premises in an ambulance nor require any sort of '911' call.
My race results against real racers such as Kevin Harvick, Cale Gale, TV star Matt Yocum, recent Nationwide Series winner Scott Wimmer and Rick "High-Plains Drifter" Carelli, were... well... um.. let's just say I utilized the Matt Kenseth style: quietly go about my business early in the running until making a late charge into the top-10. Of course, my finishing position was greatly enhanced by a very high attrition rate among the 14 karts that started. It was more fun than should be allowed, and my sore muscles are less than expected after hurtling around the 1/6th-mile oval in seven-second laps for an evening.
Special thanks to Kevin for the invite and Dom Carelli for actually preparing the Community Kart. (Now, about that fuel pick-up issue...)
If you dare, check out the photo selection from the SPRING FLING by clicking HERE.