Almost 11 a.m. at Talladega, about two hours before the green flag is scheduled to drop. I say scheduled because there's rain in the forecast. So far it's holding off.
Fans in the parking lot here are busy cookin' and drinking ... and drinking. Actually they probably never stopped drinking. Saturday's Nationwide Series race was fun, but way longer than it should have been, thanks to Kevin Lepage. The veteran, who should have known better, came off pit road in a less-than-competitive car and "blended" into traffic right when the entire pack of leaders was going into turn 1 at about 190 mph. A huge wreck collected most of the better cars, leaving Tony Stewart, Dale Junior, Mike Wallace, David Stremme and Greg Biffle to fight it out. Stewart won it.
Not around at the end of the race was rookie Dario Franchitti, who was unvolved in an earlier wreck and broke his ankle. No word on when he might return.
We tailgated after Saturday's race and listened to the Truck race from Kansas on the radio on the drive back to Birmingham. Ron Hornaday Jr. won that one.
I'll try to post some more 'Dega observations after today's race. As they say here in Daledega, GO JUUUNIOR!!
-- Michele Vincze