Left-hand turns can be a real bitch sometimes, especially at 200 mph. But goddamn are they exciting. Few things in life are as thrilling as a 400.5-mile, midafternoon NASCAR race. Each year, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing ends its season at Homestead-Miami Speedway with NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend, running Friday through Sunday. We’re stacking our 14 x 14 x 14, soft-sided cooler with cans of hillbilly brew-ha-ha, throwing on our favorite camouflage tee, and loading up on cheap chewing tobacco for a good old-fashioned auto race weekend.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 goes down Friday night at 8, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300 happens Saturday afternoon at 4:30. But the main event, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series Ford 400, is Sunday at 3 p.m. That’s where Carl Edwards will try to hold onto his spot atop the Sprint Cup Series Standings and become the first driver in five years who’s not Jimmie Johnson to win the championship. But he’ll have to outdrive some of the biggest names in auto racing — Tony Stewart, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. In the words of three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip, “Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing, boys!”
Fri., Nov. 18, 8 p.m., 2011