My Brother-in-law, David Rombaugh, has been a racing fan and raced stock cars for years. It's been a few years since David raced, but his son Kyle started racing a few years ago.
They have a car together and race in the Street Stock class. They invited us to come to the first race of the season at Springport Mid-Michigan Raceway.
We had planned on going together with Eileen's sister Amy and her husband, Chris. It was a sweltering hot day, and it ended up just Chris and me. We got a pit pass so we could get closer to the action.
I took a few pictures in the pits with David and Kyle.
Being my first time photographing stock cars, it posed a challenge shooting through the chain-link fence. After watching a few different classes of races and testing out different auto-focus tracking settings, I was ready for Kyles heat race.
Kyle was in the first row, and he started strong. He kept up the pace and led the whole heat. I had a hard time focusing on taking pictures as the heat progressed as I was excited watching Kyle win the heat race.
I walked around the track, looking for a different vantage point for the Street Stock feature race. I found a hole in the fence in turn-one that hopefully would be a better spot to photograph.
The sun had set, and lights were on at the track. I adjusted my camera accordingly and waited for the race to begin.
Kyle started in the front row, and from my vantage point, the pack of cars came right to me in turn one. It was a different look with the track lights on and the rubber burning.
Kyle held his own for the first four laps jocking back and forth between first and second. A caution came out, and that put him in the second spot. After the re-start, in front of the grandstand, he was getting pushed for a position but never backed off.
As the race progressed, Kyle fell back to the middle of the pack. It was exciting watching him maneuver the field of cars. Later in the race, coming out of turn two, as he passed by me, and I saw something was wrong. I split second later I saw something rolling down the incline of the track, turns out it was Kyle's driveshaft, and his race was over.
I hadn't been to a stock car race in a while, and I forgot just how fast the cars are. Kyle was doing a great job of driving, and I couldn't imagine being down on the track behind the wheel.
Springport Mid-Michigan Raceway is an excellent facility. For the first race of the season, there was a good turnout. I especially was impressed with the measures for Covid-19. They took everyone's temperature entering the facility, had social distancing places marked in front of the concession stands (really good food) and bathroom restrictions.
The next race is June 27th Open Wheel Modifieds, Powered by NOS.
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