But I know that I'd give just about anything to be able to follow the series from track to track, to have access to the garage, the crew, the chiefs, the owners, and of course the drivers.
Of course there is a certain amount of celebrity curiosity there. I've only met a very few drivers in person, and those occasions were mostly formal, but it would be awesome to see what's going on behind the scenes at the tracks.
To be honest with you, the only people I've ever met that I'm completely awed by are my father and my mother, who for more than 84 years have kept the bonds of a family together, through hard work and a lot of love. These are people who have been through hardships that most of us couldn't imagine. My father is a veteran of World War II, where he served in Europe. My mother worked in a life boat factory to support the war effort during that time. In other words, my parents have lived through some difficult times.
I'm much more fortunate than my parents. I never had to go fight soldiers on foreign soil, I've never had to go through rationing for things such as gas, tires, or oil.
But I'd be willing to do just about all of those things to be able to follow the teams around to the tracks and have access to them. It's not that I'm a groupie of any particular driver or anything, because I'm not awed by any of them at all, but it's just this: NASCAR is one of the very few things I truly love in this world. That's why I write about it.
Sure, I have drivers I favor over other drivers, but in the effort to make this site not just about one driver, I've overcome some of those prejudices or biases, or at least I have so some degree.
If I were travelling from track to track every week, could walk around the garage, see the sights, listen to the talk, I'd be in some strange form of Heaven. In other words, it would be like the most fun I've ever had in my life.
The atmosphere surrounding NASCAR is somewhat contagious. These people are making money, a lot of them are rich, without a doubt, beyond my wildest dreams. To me, that's not the allure though. It's just the part about being part of something. I don't know if that makes any sense, but just to write about what I write about is a huge privilege. Even at the stage at which I am now, which means that I'm nothing more than a fan. I can write about things that interest me, and I get paid exactly what you pay to read this site, which, the last time I checked, was exactly nothing.
I just enjoy doing this. The other night I had a dream where I got to interview, of all people, David Starr. I don't know why, because I've never followed David's career, but I was interested to find out that David has won 4 races in 218 starts in the Camping World Truck Series, and has also achieved 9 starts in the Nationwide Series. I didn't get that from the dream, of course, but I did look it up when I woke up from that dream.
I think anyone that has the opportunity to get involved with NASCAR, should, at all costs. I know I would.
Heck, I'd do it for free if I could.