Hey folks, glad you'll be joining me on FOX19.com this week for the inaugural Sprint cup race at Kentucky Speedway. While Joe Danneman, Brian Giesenschlag and Betsy Ross take care of the on-air segments for sports, I have been tapped to provide plenty of online coverage for sports fans in Cincinnati here exclusively on FOX19.com.
First thing is first, I am a NASCAR nut, and I have been since I was four years old. I have attended 10 Brickyard 400s in Indianapolis at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and for the past two years I've had all-access passes to Kentucky Speedway for the Nationwide and Truck Series races.
I've been waiting just as long as the rest of you race fans in Cincinnati for this Cup Series race. It's going to be one heck of a weekend.
If you're new to NASCAR and headed to Sparta over the next few days, I have some suggestions:
1. Bring hearing protection. You're going to need some headphones or earplugs because the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars are quite loud. It's something that is tough to describe unless you've heard it in person, and if you've been lucky enough, you know that hearing protection can help you enjoy the race.
2. Rent a scanner at the racetrack. NASCAR driver Jeff Burton said this last week before taking Chad Ochocinco around Atlanta Motor Speedway, and I feel the same way he did about it. "Make sure that you rent a scanner so you can listen to the teams," Burton said. "Because now you can listen to the teams at the same time you can listen to the radio broadcast and you can be in the race."
Want to listen to Dale Jr.? Rent a scanner and you can hear everything he says on race weekend in Kentucky.
3. Bring a camera. I've been to ten Brickyard 400s, and I love taking pictures. It doesn't matter if you're young or old, brand new to the sport or a crazy fan like me, you should bring a camera to capture the memories you'll create at the first-ever Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky.
I'm glad that I can provide you some looks at some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on at a NASCAR race. While I'm out and about collecting videos and interviewing drivers, you can follow my every move on Twitter (@adamniemeyer or by clicking here http://twitter.com/#!/adamniemeyer)
I'll be at Kentucky the entire weekend all the way through the big race on Saturday night. Thanks for checking in, be sure to check back, and make sure you keep your TV dial on FOX19 and your web browsers pointed to FOX19.com and this special Quaker State 400 section.