When the family got back from summer vacation in 2009, I had immediately started to plan my trip to the 2009 US Open Series in NY. But my wife came back from her first day back at work with notice of impending layoff. Crap news on all fronts. So paying for gas and two nights hotel to indulge in some speedway looked a little ostentatious right then.. So I missed out on the 2009 series. It’s now 2010 and my wife is still unemployed, but we made some budget cuts here and there and decided that we could all set off to NY for the Labor Day weekend and the annual US Open series. My wife is not a speedway fan mind you – she uses the time to relax (with a 6 yr old!). So I headed off to Greene, solo, to catch up on proceedings of the first of the two meetings. This year there was a nip in the air. This summer has been brutal, with temps in the triple digits in Boston and dew-point in the mid 70’s, so as I drove up the hill towards Greene from Binghamton and watched the thermometer drop from 68f to 63f to 59f I was glad I brought a jacket as I have been wearing nowt but t-shirts since May. I figured that the drop in temps was bound to affect track prep, bringing the moisture to the surface, it could get very slippy out there.
I arrived later than I normally do for these events and there was a queue of vehicles lined up waiting to sign the waiver and pay the gals at the entrance. It certainly looked to be a bigger crowd than came in 2008. I made my way down to the pits area as I really wanted to finally meet Josh Larsen and the legend that is ‘Flying’ Mike Faria. Continue reading