And, They’re Off!!

Thanks to GROUPON, earlier this summer I scored a great price on some tickets to Elko Speedway

My father in law is a big fan of racing at Elko – and we try to make an evening out of going to the races a couple of times a year.  These coupons were such a good deal that I bought two sets, and sent the link to my father in law who also bought two sets.  (You’re only allowed one set for yourself, but you can purchase more to “gift” to others)

I was thinking we could make a BIG evening out of it.  My father in law, my father, myself, #1 of 5 and his fiancée (and future grandchild #1 would be there too – by default of course), #2 of 5, #3 of 5, one of my brother in laws.  We would use up all eight, and have a great night!!

The deal was almost too good to be true (literally) because after I purchased the tickets and checked my schedule, I noticed that there was only one weekend that I was able to attend.  So we “penciled it in” for that weekend and went on living life.

As the weekend approached, things began popping up…

order_of_the_arrow #2 of 5 and #3 of 5 were both nominated by their troop to join the Boy Scout’s Order of the Arrow.  During their summer camp - Tomahawk…. (Whoops – I never posted anything about Tomahawk). They were “called out” during the OA campfire ring ceremony.  The official conclave (indoctrination) into the Order just happened to be the only weekend that I was able to attend the races.  So, #2 of 5 and #3 of 5 dropped out of the trip to Elko.

That’s 8 – 2 = 6 for those of you keeping track.

Then, my brother in law mentioned that he has some special party or dance he was going to attend that day.  He said he would try to make the races, but could not promise that he would make it.

That’s 6 – 1 = 5 for those of you keeping track.

And finally, on the morning of race day, #1 of 5, his fiancée (and future grandchild #1 – by default of course), let us know that they would not be able to attend due to a work schedule conflict.

That’s 5 – 2 = 3 for those of you keeping track.

Since the Mother of Five had to work, and we had some spare tickets, I decided it may be fun to to take the girls (#4 of 5 and #5 of 5) to their first trip to the races.. 

That’s 3 + 2 = 5 for those of you keeping track.

And finally, the afternoon of the race (just before I had to leave for work) #5 of 5 informed us (almost in tears) that she did not want to go to the races (I think she got wind of how big and VERY LOUD the cars that race are), so we made some final adjustments.  #5 of 5 would be staying with grandma while what’s left of the group went to the races.

That’s 5 – 1 = 4 for those of you keeping track.

The final group ended up being my father in law, my father, myself and #4 of 5.  For being a 9 year old girl, she was pretty excited to go to the racetrack.  She’s a sporty, well rounded, and interested in most things sort of gal. 

After completing my assignment (a day touring my department’s “Command Post” to the public at “Heritage Days ) – those of us that were left, headed out to meet, and drive together to the races.  We arrived just minutes before the races started..

Beer, Soda, Hot Dogs (some (mine) SMOTHERED in onions), and peanuts…  We were supposed to get two tubs of popcorn with our tickets, but they were so backlogged at the popcorn stand that it would have been a 15-20 minute wait.  I don’t even like popcorn all that much to begin with, but to wait 15 minutes for some – I’ll pass…  No biggie…

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Left photo - Father of the Father of Five (right) and FOF (left)
Right Photo – FOF (left) and #4 of 5 (right).
Sorry Father in law.  Since you were on the other side of #4 of 5 – I never got a pic of us together…)




#4 of 5 - bundled up in her coat was still getting cold.  To help keep her warm, I gave her my giant coat.  It looked like a tent on her! 

Oh, wait… 
There is my father in law in the background – concentrating on the race!








Do you want to get a taste of our fun out at the track? 

Here is a forty second clip (two and a half trips around the track) of one Late Model heats or you to enjoy!






I was surprised… By the end of the night #4 of 5 did not hate the races, in fact quite the opposite – she enjoyed herself, and said she wants to go again!  She is such a good sport, and a WONDERFUL daughter!! 

I love her so much!!


  1. Sounds like a lot of fun! Too bad about the popcorn. I love popcorn!

  2. Groupon is awesome. Try Living Social & Twongo (sp?) as well! Glad you able to capitalize on a good deal.

  3. You're welcome BTW. Man, I have to go insearch of credit.


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