Seeing the elephant at Talladega

Published May 13, 2018 at 9:00am

I’ve seen speed, you know race cars going fast around a race track. I’ve been within feet of 410 sprint cars on a tacky track and the speeds they carry through corners is blinding. None of this really prepared me for the speed of NASCAR cup cars at Talladega a couple weeks ago.

Back in the Civil War days soldiers had an expression — “seeing the elephant” — for when they saw the enemy or something extremely out of the ordinary. Many letters were written home stating,”I saw the elephant today!” 

I have to say, “I saw the elephant” at Talladega Superspeedway. Talladega has been a bucket list track. From the minute these cars rumbled onto the track to the very end of the race I simply couldn’t get enough of the speed.

Every one of those cars was like a rocket ship and when they blasted by us at 200-plus mph you just knew you were in the presence of incredible and dynamic technology.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was hoping Kevin Harvick would win — he didn’t — he finished fourth to Joey Logano.

If you’re a race fan or even a fan of things that go fast — real fast — make a trip to Talladega and see the elephant for yourself.

Fulton Speedway opens

With Utica-Rome Speedway rained out for the third consecutive week, I got over to the season-opening race at Fulton Speedway last Saturday night.

The pits were full on a perfect spring evening. There were 27 358 modifieds, 65 sportsman, a dozen or so novice sportsman and 13 late models. 

There were so many sportsman cars that the Fulton promoters made it so every car qualified for a feature race. The 65 cars were divided into three different feature races of 25 laps each.

Making it to victory circle were Brandon Ford, Mike Stanton and Bill Clark. 

The 35-lap 358-modified race was dominated by Larry Wight until a late caution bunched the field up and Tim Sears was able to take advantage and pass Wight for the win.

Jason Parkhurst dominated the late-model race.

Fulton Speedway is a great Saturday night track that should be on every race fans’ radar.

With any luck from mean old Mother Nature, Utica-Rome will finally open up this Sunday with the big 100-lap $4,000 to win 358 SuperDIRT Series race. Plus, all other divisions will be in competition.

Hope to see you at the races.