When I called my mom on Tuesday to tell her that I met Cal Ripken, she made mention that my dad was taking my niece to Z-Max Dragway this weekend for the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. She said that Dad had said how nice it would be if I could come along with Christopher. Initially, I told her that I didn't think I could go, since we would be getting home so late Sunday night with Chris having school today. I called her back Wednesday and told her that I thought about it and we would go, regardless of what time we got home. My thinking was, I hardly ever get to hang out with my dad because the both of us are so busy. Plus, I thought it was a great idea to have Chris do something with his Paw Paw as well.
So, we all got up early Sunday morning and made the hour-hour and a half drive to Charlotte from my parents' house. I stayed over the night before, having gone to a minor league game with my little brother.
When we got to the track, we made our way to the ticket office, planning on getting Reserved Seats for $55.00. As we made our way to the line, a man stopped my dad and handed him 4 Reserved tickets (since he saw that there were 2 kids with us). Turns out, they had friends who couldn't make it and decided to hand them to someone with kids. Man, were we lucky!
We made our way into the racetrack and walked around for a while, taking in the sights. Dad wanted to stop and talk to John Nobile, father of Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile, since Dad knows him from way back to when they both ran the IHRA tour, Dad in Pro Modified and John in Pro Stock. John is a really great guy, who talked to me just as much as he talked to my dad.
In all, we had a blast, and I really think I'll be heading back to ZMax Dragway in September when they return. I'm glad I could spend some time with my dad and my son. Oh yeah, Grace, too. We now have a new favorite Pro Stock driver, which will make it more interesting for Chris. Thanks for inviting us, Dad!