Some midweek observations from David Poole of The Charlotte Observer:
One question I get a lot is where fans can get a map of where all the NASCAR teams have their shops in this area. The Cabarrus County Convention & Bureau now has an updated version of just such a map in its annual free Visitors Guide.
It includes shops in Cabarrus and surrounding counties as well as a description of each shop and the hours they are open to visitors. It also included descriptions of stops on the self-guided tour of “The Dale Trail” in and around Dale Earnhardt’s hometown of Kannapolis. To get a copy of more information, call (800) 848-3740 or visit www.visitcabarrus.com.
Cottonelle bath tissue will give out thousands of seat cushions at Texas and also wants fans to stand on Lap 100 to create racing’s version of the seventh-inning stretch.
The campaign is called “Be Kind to Your Behind.” OK, two things. One, is it a good plan to give race fans something they can throw an appreciable distance? Two, if fans want to stand on Lap 100 they should realize that it comes when the scoreboard shows 99 laps complete.
All during 2001, fans stood on Lap 4 to honor Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3.
Right now the forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-70s all weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Talk about something that’s long overdue.