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I have always wanted to drive a Nascar race car! My bride called the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Charlotte Motor speedway and set me up a package for Christmas! We left this morning around 630, had to be there by 1030. I live about an hour and 45 minutes from Charlotte NC.

After getting through the mandatory drivers meeting it was show time. These cars are set up on rev limiters and "you" have a personal spotter that gives you the proper line around the track. If they see that you can handle more speed they give you more "rpms". Of course you can also go at "your" own pace, if not!

I got in my car, got buckled in, and the spotter radioed me to give him 2000 rpm, release the clutch and head down pit road and at every 2000 change gears and be in 4th at the end of pit road. I done exactly that! LOL

After leaving pit road I stayed on the apron coming up to speed until my spotter told me to blend up onto the race track, and then I hammered that bad boy. Somewhere around 5000 I was almost into turn 3. Now let me tell you this. I don't know how fast 5000 in speed, I found out later, but it felt like I was on a rocket. LOL

I did not want to get off throttle on this first lap. As I approached turn 3 I knew I was going to test this car to see if she was gonna stick. I dove that car into turn 3, kept my left front tire about 3 feet off the white line and she stuck and went through that turn like it was on a rail. I knew I was about to have fun!

My spotter radioed me and gave a few spots to hit down the front stretch and I never heard fro him again. It was hammer down from there and going through those turns at 150, which is what I was told. It was one of the best things I have ever done! You cannot imagine the adrenaline rush that speed like that causes!!

I cannot imagine what those "real" drivers must feel doing nearly 50 more mph and the degree of difficulty that 42 other cars adds...

 

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YOU are living MY dream.... If I can ever get around to it I want to have the Nascar experience also..... good job HO
It was AWESOME!! You've gotta make the time! WE ain't getting younger my friend..LOL
 
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Here's the car I got to drive!
 

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Way to go my friend. Congrats ! Make sure you thank your bride and remember she is a gift from God!
I've thanked her numerous times! She's my darling! My one constant in a world of so much inconsistency! She's my best friend!
 

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Sounds like you had ALOT of fun. I had a first cousin that got to experience that not once, but twice in his young life. Both times were a dream come true for him. Backj in his teenage years in the 60's he LOVED those Ford Torinos.
 

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Yes Mr. highoctane I will agree!
One of the most awesomely excellent things to try for sure. The wife and kids got me 10 laps with the Rusty Wallace Race Experience at the local 1/2 mile track here. It was a hoot.
Tho I was mildly disappointed when they put me in a Jeff Gordon Chevy ...
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being a diehard Ford man LoL!:D
 
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