Tonight, we are racing at my favorite race track–Lucas Oil Raceway. My best finishes at the 0.686 mile track have been 4th and 5th, so we are hopeful that the #09 can have a strong finish tonight.
It is a special race because we have several HPE dads on hand for the race. This is the first ever “Dads Weekend” for the HPE community served by Families for HoPE. Dads from Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana came together on Thursday for an opportunity to connect with other fathers who know what it’s like to walk in their shoes.
I’m humbled that they would want to come out and show their support for our Racing for HoPE campaign. If you’re at the track or in the pits on Friday night, feel free to stop and offer them a handshake or a pat on the back. These guys are the real deal!
Tonight’s race is 125 laps. On lap 75, we will take a 10-minute break and then race another 50 laps. This will be the longest race I’ve run in a late model, but I’m up for the challenge!
Just like last week, we are continuing our Racing for HoPE campaign, and riding along with me tonight is Maeve Agnes Tierney. Maeve is the 7 year-old daughter of Ed and Meggan Tierney from South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
Ed is the current President of the Board of Directors of Families for HoPE, and while we typically try to avoid showing favortism to the children of Families for HoPE board members, we made an exception today because Ed traveled far to be here. But even more important, Maeve is Irish, and with 125 laps ahead of us, the #09 and I need all of the luck we can get! As you can see from the picture below, Maeve is ready to race!