Monday, November 1, 2010

A Cure for the After-Dega Blues

The day after Talladega is kinda like the day after Christmas. There's so much buildup to the big event - it's a slow letdown when the party is finally over.

On the day after Dega, you wake up still on an adrenaline high from the sights, the sounds and the excitement. You  keep turning on your camera just to scroll through your race photos again and again.  You relive and retell the weekend's highlights with your buddies or any poor soul who will listen.

Then you gradually come back to reality as you pack for the journey home, return to work, or stand in an interminable airport security line.

Alas, it's too bad every day can't be Dega.

Personally, I can't quite come to terms with the real world just yet.  So I'm sharing some of my favorite photos from this weekend in the hopes they'll help alleviate those after-Dega blues ...

Jeff Burton and the No. 31 crew
await their turn to qualify.

Kevin Harvick laughing it up on pit road.

Jimmie Johnson chats with the boys from ESPN.
I'm still not used to seeing Kasey Kahne in
a Red Bull Racing uniform.
The "Lucky Dog" gets a place of honor
on David Reutimann's No. 00
Best off-track activity at Dega?
Playing "Costume or Not a Costume" -
sometimes it's hard to tell ...
American Idol alumnus Josh Gracin sang a
fantastic National Anthem.
There's always a camera crew following
Kyle Busch and fiancee Samantha Sarcinella
The fans are loving Tony Stewart - this was taken right after
he gave his Coca-Cola to a little girl who was decked out in No. 14 gear.
If fan adoration equaled good luck at Dega, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would
have led every lap and won by a mile.

Scott Speed and company head down pit
road before qualifying.

The answer is "subtle".  The question is
"What is one thing Talladega fans are not?"

SB Nation reporter Jeff Gluck interviews
Clint Bowyer before qualifying.


  1. You totally captured how I feel after sad when it's over and I have to go back to work! LOL Great pics too!

  2. Oh my goodness. My wife and I had so much fun. I thought you could never put into words the feelings and emotions before & after the race. You did it though & I'm so glad you did. Thank you for the peace of mind. Let the countdown begin till April.