From Racing to Football by jimjohnsonpbm

by Jim Johnson

Okay, so I was wrong. There were a few more people out at the track for the Brickyard 400, however, not as impressive and certainly not a sell out. The Brickyard 400 recorded a crowd of 240,000 in 2008. In 2009, the race recorded 180,000. And on Sunday, the 2010 race recorded at 140,000 which was probably actually 120,000.

The Brickyard was far less than a thriller. It is a great story though. There’s one team with two drivers with two completely different outcomes. Chip Ganassi, as an owner, has a lot to celebrate, after Jamie McMurray won the race and Ganassi became the first owner to win the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and, now, the Brickyard 400 in the same season.

Ganassi still has to deal with a heartbroken driver in Juan Pablo Montoya. In a race with 10 different leaders, Juan Pablo Montoya in the lead four times for a total of 86 laps before he was knocked out of the race when he hit the wall and then got hit right, backside of his car by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Of course, how would I know what a thriller is at the Brickyard 400? This is my first NASCAR race ever. Back in May, the Indy 500 was my first 500 ever. Can you tell I don’t have a lot of racing on my resume?

I do have to say though, when you’re at the track, it’s a lot more fun than sitting on the couch watching the race. Racing, for me, is a lot like baseball. I absolutely love baseball, but I have a hard time watching it on TV. When I’m at the park, it’s a blast.

My mind continues to wonder off towards football though. How could it not? High school practice starts a week from tomorrow and the Indianapolis Colts report to camp in one week, next Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts tight end, Dallas Clark, waved the green flag at the Brickyard on Sunday and I know football is on his mind right now too.

“It’s that time of year,” Clark said. “I’m getting tired of running and conditioning. I’d rather be doing it with pads on and running around hitting and doing all of that stuff.”

The Indianapolis Colts first pres-season game is on Aug. 15 against San Francisco. High School football starts on Aug. 20 with scrimmage games the week before on Aug. 13. The first college games start on Sept. 2. Thank God it’s getting close.

As for Clark, he’s glad the Indianapolis Colts move right into playing games quickly after the start of camp.

“You hear about these guys back in the day who started in June or July and practiced for six to eight weeks before they even played a game,” Clark said. “For us you get a good solid week or 10 days in before you play a game. It’s a great chance for the younger guys to get on film and see how they react in a game situation.”

Wow, I didn’t know it was that easy to move from NASCAR racing to the topic of football so quickly. I guess that goes to show you how much was going on and how exciting it was at the Brickyard 400.

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