“Finishing races is important, but racing is more important. “

Dale Earnhardt

As I’ve mentioned on quote a few occasions, I work for Albany Broadcasting and go out and about promoting our various stations. This past week had me at the Fonda Speedway for 104.9 The Cat and it was my first time at a car racing venue ever and I loved it!

I don’t know much about car racing – I actually don’t know anything about racing. The words “modified” and “supermodified” were being thrown around and I have no idea what either of those meant. In the beginning, I’ll have to admit that I was trying to figure out why people follow this trend by the hundreds. All I saw were cars racing around the same track over and over for sometimes 30-50 laps. As the race went on, it became clear just how cool this really was. This isn’t the same as watching it on TV, having the cars in front of you and racing at upwards of 100mph around the track is exhilarating.

I also had the opportunity to go into the pit and see the cars up close. That was probably the highlight of my time there because I loved being able to meet these racers and talk to them about how daring they really have to be to participate in such a dangerous sport. They each have such a love for it and such a love for the cars they drive. The night I went there were quite a few pretty serious accidents. Luckily no people were hurt drastically but some cars were seriously damaged and to see the heartache the drivers and mechanics felt when these cars came back from the track was heartbreaking. Even if you’re not a race fan, like myself, don’t worry, you don’t need to know the rules and lingo of the races to be pulled into this excitement.

Looking for dinner, then no worries, the food they serve is not only reasonably priced but really tasty. The concession stand only accepts $1 bills but there is a change booth in case your short on ones. I ordered a cheeseburger and salt potatoes. The cheeseburger was really good, the cheese was melted well and the texture was enjoyable but the star of the meal were the salt potatoes. For about $3-4 you get a bowl of 5-6 salt potatoes soaking in a mixture of oil and what it tastes to be like a garlicy flavor – fantastic! The potatoes were cooked perfectly and even though they didn’t need any extra flavor, the added oil just made the taste concoction perfection.

This may not have originally been my cup of tea but I love this place and even though it’s somewhat far from my house I can’t wait to go again and see another race. Be careful standing near the track when the races are going on, look out for rocks and just be forewarned that there’s a good chance you’re going home covered in dirt, but it’s more fun that way in my opinion!

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