Preface: Each year, I make a wishlist of racing events I’d like to attend. The past few years were pretty ambitious, attending 11 races in ‘17, 10 in ‘16, and 8 in ‘15. It is not my intention to keep upping the number each year. I’ve been to 62 races in my lifetime. That’s counting Cup, Grand National, Trucks, INDYCAR, Formula 1, dirt & asphalt Late Models, Sprints, and dirt karts. I don’t count drag races, because I can’t remember how many sanctioned events I attended as a kid. So, rolling into 2018, here’s my wishlist. Asterisks note definitely attending or already bought tickets.
1/28 Speedfest @ Watermelon Capital Speedway
2/24 NASCAR double header (trucks & Grand National) @ Atlanta Speedway*
4/22 INDYCAR Grand Prix of Birmingham @ Barber Motorsports Park*
5/19 NASCAR All-Star race @ Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/9 SSS and CARS Border Wars @ Anderson Motor Speedway
7/7 NASCAR Coke 400 @ Daytona Speedway
9/2 NASCAR Southern 500 @ Darlington Raceway
10/28 NASCAR @ Martinsville Speedway
Looking ahead to 2019: I’ll probably scale back on the BIG events because the little one wants to go to the Indy 500 and that’ll be a big undertaking. I’d also like to spread out and hit Richmond and Bristol. That’s about the farthest I’ll consider driving for a race and I don’t intend to start flying to these things.