Everyone knows what happens when the microphones are hot and the racing is hotter. But what about the "down times," when things are less hectic and life moves at a slower pace? In an effort to provide a look behind the scenes at Motor Racing Network, here's a rundown of Dave's Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, right up to the start of the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race...
6:00 AM – Wide awake, despite an alarm set for 7:45. It never fails.
6:15 AM – “Back to sleep” plan abandoned. Open curtains to reveal a continuous, steady rain. That’s the second disappointment of the day, and we’re only 15 minutes in.
7:30 AM – S#!t, shower and shave, then downstairs to sample the gourmet breakfast offerings from the Danville (VA) Holiday Inn Express. Third disappointment of the day…
8:00 AM – In the car and headed to the track. Phone conversations with the Mad Canadian -- who also failed in her sleep-late bid -- and Angie Skinner, who delivers play-by-play of hubby Mike attempting to put on his underwear. It’s a wonderful life.
8:15 AM – SPEED’s Bob Dillner tweets that his #51 Super Late Model will kick the #30 Godfather Motorsports Super Late Model’s ass tonight at Hickory Motor Speedway. Oh, it’s ON!!
8:25 AM – Arrive at Martinsville Speedway and am greeting by two, 14-year old parking attendants who announce that I am not allowed to park at the MRN Trailer. After a brief period of negotiation, I inform the ladies that one of two things is about to happen. Either THEY are going to open the gate, or I am going to open the gate. They choose Option B.
8:27 AM – Parked next to the MRN Trailer. Parking Nazis clearly displeased. Jet dryers on the track, in the rain. Pumpkin Spice coffee improves mood only slightly.
8:35 AM – SPEED’s Bob Dillner phones to talk Super LM smack, then admits he is skipping Hickory race to take his daughter to a High School football game. Cool dad.
8:50 AM – Jet dryers shut down. Still raining.
9:00 AM – Second cup of pumpkin spice coffee. Minimal improvement in mood.
9:23 AM – A knock on the MRN trailer door reveals Bear, an aptly named Sirius Speedway fan, who has brought his teenage daughter “to meet the Godfather.” Daughter seems considerably less excited. Understandable.
9:30 AM – Ken Childs from RaceRap.com drops by with a plate of brownies. Breakfast of Champions.
9:35 AM – Rain has stopped, though still heavily overcast. Jet dryers rolling again, Camping World Truck Series gridded for qualifying. Slight improvement in mood.
9:47 AM – Sunshine for approximately 45 seconds. Additional improvement in mood.
9:55 AM – Balance of MRN crew arrives and shares details of death struggle with 14-year old parking Nazis.
10:05 AM – Full sunshine now envelops Martinsville Speedway. Immediate and dramatic improvement in mood!
10:35 AM – “Your article on Jack Sprague was right on, Moody. You’re the man.”
10:37 AM – “Your article on Jack Sprague was total bull$#it, Moody. You’re an idiot.”
10:50 AM – Driver “Eddie Leadfoot” denies rumors that he is negotiating with Burnout Racing about a 2012 ride, swearing he has never spoken to anyone there in his entire life.
10:55 AM – The owner of Burnout Racing says, “We’ve talked to `Eddie Leadfoot,’ but there’s nothing done yet.”
11:50 AM --Truck Series qualifying complete. Nobody has any idea if their Truck is good or not.
12 Noon: MRN Truck Series Production Meeting. Producer Amanda Trautman gets off to a bad start by neglecting to mention today’s Green Flag time. Eight minutes of non-stop verbal abuse ensues.
12:05 PM – Sprint Cup Series practice underway
12:10 PM – Amanda begins shouting, apparently unhappy that no one is listening to her.
12:11 PM – Suitably chastised, everyone pretends to listen to Amanda.
12:30 PM – MRN Transporter Driver Frank Curci made chili for lunch! Much rejoicing.
12:31 PM – Informed that MRN Operations guy Mike Doncheff actually made the chili. Lotta people worried.
12:33 PM – Clarification: Doncheff’s WIFE made the chili. Resume rejoicing.
12:20 PM – Chili is spicy and LOADED with peppers and onions. There may be a price to pay later. Screw it, we’re going in.
12:30 PM – MRN Anchorman Joe Moore goes for a second bowl of chili. Booth mate Barney Hall, who is eating a hotdog instead, will be defenseless this afternoon.
1:20 PM – Climbing the Turn Three grandstands. 53 rows x two steps per row = I’m OUT OF SHAPE!
2:04 PM – Singin’ and prayin’ begins. Martinsville High School Jazz Band knocks the National Anthem OUT OF THE PARK!
2:10 PM – Mrs. Yancy’s second grade class delivers the command.
2:23 PM – GREEN FLAG!