so, even though my racing, nor my life, has ever been the same, i still love the short track. tonight was no fairy tale story of my comeback win or anything like that, but it was a great race for me now and a great event altogether. tons of people come out to these things because they are fun, short, fun, there is food, and it's fun. chris ploch did what he does best and smashed us pretty early, but me and my long time racing compatriot john matthews had a battle royale for 2nd and 3rd. we went back and forth, matching each others accelerations and moves. it was just like old times, and even though we're both older, it was no less fun. i finally got the better of him in the last half of the last lap. wow, it was killer. to top it all off, tyson and hanna came out with me to cheer me on. they had signs and shouted at me every lap. they shouted at brian every lap, too, who came out, road shoes and all, to bust a move. he did pretty well, finishing 7th or 8th.
kudos to the gents who put this thing on, and to ralph and crew for the chicken sandwiches, fruit and chips and of course the drinks. and thanks very much to ryan h for more great photos, at least they're great for me. they actually make me look like i'm not hurting, which is quite a feat because a short track is always about mashing the whole time and never looking back.
4 years later. it's time to put that old stuff to bed.