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Welcome to our Speedweeks 2008 coverage. We’ve taken some of the more successful pieces from the past year or so, and we hope we’ve put them together to give everyone a pretty good look at racing in February. We’ve got bloggers, photographers, videographers, and let’s not forget Nathan the update king who will be giving live updates for the next two weeks from Volusia Speedway.

The plan was fairly simple. Nathan and I were to leave Hamilton, Ontario, at 6 a.m. on Monday morning so we could cruise down to Florida, and arrive by early in the day on Tuesday. Contrary to popular opinion, we left right on time from Hamilton with the weather just below freezing, and with lots of snow on the ground. Florida, here we come.

The only downside to road trips like this is having to leave Angie and the kids at home. Sure it’s a sappy thing to say, but I think I’m starting to get my priorities in order. Thank goodness for a supportive wife. I think she could tell how excited I was at the coverage we’ve planned or this event. Either way it sucks to leave a 13 year old and a three year old at home for two weeks, but enough of that. It was time to hit the road.

A few things made me excited about this trip. First off it’s Speedweeks in Florida! What could be better than being in the heart of the action for two weeks? This is my sixth or seventh trip to speedweeks, but this definitely feels different than the others. Every other year the objective has been to sell racewear and make it seem like I’m working hard enough to justify coming next year. This time around it’s still business, but it’s OUR business….the reason we’re here is because we have great friends and family at DTD, and we want to give you all the best experience from the comfort of your own homes that we can.

I’m not sure what’s harder on the system…..spending twenty hours cooped up in my Grand Prix with Nathan, or eventually getting out at 2:00 a.m. in Daytona to be greeted by Bob Miller. Sure he says he hates the Canadian language, but give us two weeks in the same house, and we’ll have him singing the Hockey Song, and spewing out “EHs†after every sentence. He offered to roll around in the back yard together shortly after we arrived. I’m glad there’s locks on the doors…..

Today I realized how stupid I can be. We got up this morning, and we decided to go out for breakfast and talk about plans. IHOP here we come. But that’s not the stupid part…. I KNEW we had to pay for the house as soon as we got here, and I KNEW how much it would cost. It almost makes me wonder why I didn’t think to withdraw cash or get a bank draft before I left home.

Thank goodness for Greg at Win Win Realty in Daytona for being understanding enough to let me make payments on the house while we’re here…How much are the payments you ask? Well…they’re about as much as the maximum daily withdrawal limit on my bank card. Enough said.

The house is five miles from the speedway just off the Halifax River. This is the first time I haven’t stayed on the beach, but so far it’s great……even if we DO have to share with Bob….Anyhow, we’re off to the grocery store. It never occurred to me before today, but it seems we attract some voluptuous men to work with us at DTD…It’s going to be expensive to feed us for the week, but we can take it out of our collective DTD paychecks someday when we have some!

Check in with you guys later.

By the way, we'll get Nathan posting pictures before long....

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There's definitely room in the house we've rented. We're a beer-free facility for the next 8 days....so we might have to work out an arrangement. lol

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New BLOG entry....

Nathan and I headed to the track early tonight because we wanted to get settled in and figure out how we're going to tackle speedweeks. Am I ever glad we did. Sometimes I forget what I love about racing. As we rode to the track we talked about what we need to do tonight and for the next two weeks. There was a bit of anxiety just wondering if we'd be able to do what we wanted to do. It wasn't until we rounded the bend on Route 40, and we could see the race track, and motorhomes, and haulers.....that the butterflies came. There's something about race day that just gets me as excited as a little kid.

I mentioned it just above, but we sought out Tonya Moschell when we got here because she had offered us a great place to see the action from. Boy did she deliver. We looked around on our own for a while, and it looked like things could be cramped. She then escorted us to what will now be known as "The Room". The Room has a bay window view of the race track from the exit of turn four. Sounds like every other tower you've seen, right? Well....the difference is in the decoration. We're obviously sitting in someone's office, and I'm guessing this person's background is ....well something from the 70s. This room has gorgeous carpeting...in the dusk here it apears to be burgundy...what's strange is that it covers the floor, and it also covers the walls. The walls are carpeted. I'll say it again..just to make sure you know you didn't misread it. The walls are carpeted.

I was born in 1975, but my guess is that if I was the age I am right now....in 1975...I'd want an office with burgundy carpeted walls. I actually asked if we could photograph the room, but we were told no. I'm guessing they declined the request to protect someone's anonymity...and the fact that they're likely stuck in the 70s with a perfect replica of Burt Reynolds hot rod from Smokey and the Bandit.

The next thing that got me excited was Shane Andrews' voice. Now don't get the wrong idea...it wasn't that kind of excited, but it sure was great to hear race cars running, and the voice of Shane Andrews telling us what was to come.

On that note, have a look in the results section, and we'll let you know what IS to come, and what is going on as the night progresses! Have fun, and make sure to offer suggestions as to what we can do for you.

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Adam, you were probably told no of taking a picture of the room to protect you. Rumour has it that room is where you were conceived. Mom got all excited about the walls and Dad did to.

How come you didnt put a plug in for the fine sales rep who sold you, your fine Grand Prix that you and Nathan used as your limo?

Have fun boys.

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boy..some guys have all the luck!..I know..Rod Stewart(no relation to Tony,by no long stretch..LOL)is now running through your melon...hey Adam..next time you do this kind of thing,let me know..I'd tag along with ya for the hell of it... :lol: ...an extra driver on the trip down wouldn't hurt,right?..and I swear,I'd keep the GP around the speed limit... :rolleyes:

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I love the grand prix. I'll be honest, though. There's a wheel bearing going on the left front. The mechanic said it wouldn't be a problem, but it's loud as ceck...

We always need drivers, but I was impressed that two of us made such good time! Anthems being played right now! Come into the quick results forum if you want to see what's going on.

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I love the grand prix. I'll be honest, though. There's a wheel bearing going on the left front. The mechanic said it wouldn't be a problem, but it's loud as ceck...

We always need drivers, but I was impressed that two of us made such good time! Anthems being played right now! Come into the quick results forum if you want to see what's going on.

shoot me an email when ya get home,I'll let ya know a trick about fixing that so it doesn't cost ya an arm and a leg... :lol: ..when my mechanic fixed mine doing it this way,it only took him about 15 or 20 minutes..

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Thanks, Joe.

The idea is to do a few things. Firstly we hope it will show people who haven't made this trip what goes on at and away from the race track. This is a road trip that I'm sure alot of people would like to make, but it's definitely one that can be expensive! Hopefully we can point out some of the ups and downs and costs involved.

Secondly it's just fun! I'm so glad we've got Bob down here. It's like living in a comedy club. He made the mistake of using his first blog after we got here to take a shot at me. I'm an easy target. Lord knows I'm big enough. Unfortunately I'm not sure he expected me to fire back on a pretty regular basis.

Bobby must have had a late night last night. He was still up working with video when I went to bed at three this morning. He's still sleeping at 10:30. If it wasn't for the fact that he's sucked the ceiling fan off the roof from his snoring I'd worry that he wasn't breathing. I think I mentioned yesterday that there's three of us in a four bedroom house. Using quick math - there's plenty of room for everyone. That's why I was so surprised when I came out of my bedroom yesterday and found Bob crashed on the couch. To each their own. I found it odd, but not entirely humorous. Now TODAY is humorous. Just plain funny.

I decided to head up to Krispy Kreme for a coffee, and wouldn't it be nice if I bought Bob one. I knew that Nathan was in the bedroom by the front of the house, so I looked towards the bedroom by the garage that's equipped with a comfy looking futon. No Bob. He couldn't possibly have been in the room with two twin size beds...Could he?

I peeked into the room, and I almost peed my pants from laughing so hard. Ever see a saint bernard try to sleep in a kitty bed? That's about what Miller looks like in there. If it wasn't for the fact that I really do think he'd have my eyebrows while I sleep I'd have pictures online of this oddity. He's lucky I'm feeling compassionate this morning.

Here's a tip for people who might be coming to Daytona for the first time. Let the Daytona News Journal become your best friend. The newspaper does a great job of listing activities and appearances throughout the week. In fact, I should go and read through it now. I'm getting a little antsy, and Nathan finallywoke up.

I really hope I solve this "getting up early" problem I'mhaving. I think it could take its toll.

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I know it seems I'm online alot..but I couldn't resist sharing this. Another reason to read the Daytona newspaper? For the local news. This is one that wouldn't make the national headlines, but I think it's deserving. My Dink of the Day award goes to:

The 46 year-old woman who was pulled over yesterday in St. Augustine, Florida for allegedly running a red light. Now that's not terribly interesting, but this is. It was noted that the woman had a 24 pack of beer strapped in to the passenger seat with a seat belt. She also had a 16 month girl in the backseat of the car, totaly unrestrained.

Bail has been set at $31,000. That's alot of beer cans she'll have to return.

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I know it seems I'm online alot..but I couldn't resist sharing this. Another reason to read the Daytona newspaper? For the local news. This is one that wouldn't make the national headlines, but I think it's deserving. My Dink of the Day award goes to:

The 46 year-old woman who was pulled over yesterday in St. Augustine, Florida for allegedly running a red light. Now that's not terribly interesting, but this is. It was noted that the woman had a 24 pack of beer strapped in to the passenger seat with a seat belt. She also had a 16 month girl in the backseat of the car, totaly unrestrained.

Bail has been set at $31,000. That's alot of beer cans she'll have to return.

It made it. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,328572,00.html

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Well it's quarter past two on Wednesday morning, and we just got home from the races. I could talk for quite some time about how great it was to be at the races, but if you're reading this then you're already a racing fan. I think I'd rather go on about a few other things instead. Carpeted freakin walls. I'm in love with "the Room". A couple of lava lamps and an 8 track cassette player and we could really have that place bitchin.

Speaking of words I really have no use for.....sick. Sick is a word I use when I have a cough...or when I'm feeling ill. If I hear Nathan say one more time "That's sick" about things that are great, I might go mental. Saldana's new paint scheme? Sick. The speed of Volusia? Sick. Driving down the beach? That's Sick. Are you getting the idea yet? Don't get me wrong. We're having a great time,and I could travel with Nathan just about anywhere. I wonder what he says when he's actually sick?

Speaking of sick. We went to the Waffle House on the way home fromthe races. I love the Waffle House, but Bob pretty much cussed us out when we told him about it. Apparently he had a bad experience there, but as I watch him making a 2:30 a.m. olive loaf sandwich I find myself quoting "those who livein glass houses shouldn't throw stones" knida lines. I wish I knew who set the air conditioning at 60 degrees. It's a little chilly in here. I hope he's making a toasted olive loaf sandwich.......maybe I'll warm up by the toaster oven.

We have a new rule in the house. No politics. CNN has officially been listed as a "prohibited" station until further notice. It seems that even though we still mostly agree about our political views, we still can't have CNN on for more than 90 seconds without cuss words being broadcast throughout the neighborhood.

I think I'm getting delirious. We'll check in again in the morning. I'm definitely still going to sleep with one eye open. I think Bob's starting to lull me into a false sense of security. He hasn't threatened me with a beating in hours.

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I love the grand prix. I'll be honest, though. There's a wheel bearing going on the left front. The mechanic said it wouldn't be a problem, but it's loud as ceck...

We always need drivers, but I was impressed that two of us made such good time! Anthems being played right now! Come into the quick results forum if you want to see what's going on.

Should have stopped in Buffalo I could have done that wheel bearing for u for $100 American...

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Well it's quarter past two on Wednesday morning, and we just got home from the races. I could talk for quite some time about how great it was to be at the races, but if you're reading this then you're already a racing fan. I think I'd rather go on about a few other things instead. Carpeted freakin walls. I'm in love with "the Room". A couple of lava lamps and an 8 track cassette player and we could really have that place bitchin.

Speaking of words I really have no use for.....sick. Sick is a word I use when I have a cough...or when I'm feeling ill. If I hear Nathan say one more time "That's sick" about things that are great, I might go mental. Saldana's new paint scheme? Sick. The speed of Volusia? Sick. Driving down the beach? That's Sick. Are you getting the idea yet? Don't get me wrong. We're having a great time,and I could travel with Nathan just about anywhere. I wonder what he says when he's actually sick?

Speaking of sick. We went to the Waffle House on the way home fromthe races. I love the Waffle House, but Bob pretty much cussed us out when we told him about it. Apparently he had a bad experience there, but as I watch him making a 2:30 a.m. olive loaf sandwich I find myself quoting "those who livein glass houses shouldn't throw stones" knida lines. I wish I knew who set the air conditioning at 60 degrees. It's a little chilly in here. I hope he's making a toasted olive loaf sandwich.......maybe I'll warm up by the toaster oven.

We have a new rule in the house. No politics. CNN has officially been listed as a "prohibited" station until further notice. It seems that even though we still mostly agree about our political views, we still can't have CNN on for more than 90 seconds without cuss words being broadcast throughout the neighborhood.

I think I'm getting delirious. We'll check in again in the morning. I'm definitely still going to sleep with one eye open. I think Bob's starting to lull me into a false sense of security. He hasn't threatened me with a beating in hours.

Bob having a problem with the wafflle house , his travels etc. it sounds like he needs a limo the right food to eat and all kinds of things maybe of few strippers to satisfy him too!!!!

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I know it seems I'm online alot..but I couldn't resist sharing this. Another reason to read the Daytona newspaper? For the local news. This is one that wouldn't make the national headlines, but I think it's deserving. My Dink of the Day award goes to:

The 46 year-old woman who was pulled over yesterday in St. Augustine, Florida for allegedly running a red light. Now that's not terribly interesting, but this is. It was noted that the woman had a 24 pack of beer strapped in to the passenger seat with a seat belt. She also had a 16 month girl in the backseat of the car, totaly unrestrained.

Bail has been set at $31,000. That's alot of beer cans she'll have to return.

It made it. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,328572,00.html

Isn't that hilarious or what!!!

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It's a shame the time is screwed up right now on the forum. It was about 3 a.m. when I posted my last blog from the house down here in Florida, and I decided I needed some sleep.

Here I am in a big comfortable bed with nobody to distract me. There's no kids to come in and jump on me, and there's no phone to ring. So somebody PLEASE explain to me why I was wide awake at 7:30 this morning. The only bright side to being up before everyone else is that Bob's snoring is much more pleasant to listen to than his "grumpy old man" impression. I'm starting to think he might not be acting.

Anyhow, it looks like it will be another great day in Daytona. Not sure what we have planned just yet, so I'll get some of my work done while everyone is sleeping, and we'll let you know what's on tap once the day gets underway!

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While the track crew was working the track during the intermission we had a chance to walk through the pits and talk to some of the teams.

We talked to Steve Arpin's crew guys, and they told us the injuries were a little more serious than we'd first thought. Steve was doused with scalding water from the radiator on his arms and his mid-section.

He remains hospitalized with second degree burns, but the crew suggested he wants to be back by the end of the week to be at the race track, but he won't be racing again during this speedweeks.

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Well it's 1:40 a.m. and we're back at the house. I guess that's progress, but I'm still freakin tired!

Tonight was a decent night of racing. Scratch that. Tonight was a GREAT night of racing. The finish of the sprint car race was fantastic. I'm admittedly not a big Danny Lasoski fan, so I wasn't heartbroken when Johnson and Hafertepe blew past him with a few laps to go. What helped justify my feelings towards Lasoski was the fact that he wouldn't come to the podium to take part in post race activities. You can't win em all, Danny.

What an amazing stat for Wayne Johnson. Last year he had 23 second place finishes with ZERO wins. That's uncanny. Oh well, he doens't have to owrry about that this year.

I had the chance to meet someine I'd been wanting to meet for some time at the track tonight. I walked past Kraig Kinser being interviewed, and I noticed it was the RacinBoys of Racinboys.com. They're the ones that put together such great Chili Bowl cybercasts, so I had a great talk with Scott Traylor, and hopefully we can work on some projects together over the next little while.

It's nice to be back at the house. I really think a decent sleep is in order. I'm even too tired to make a decent Bob joke. I can tell it's bedtime, though, because I can hear the twin bed he slept in last night whimpering at the thought Bob may mount him again. Wait..maybe I CAN talk smack about Bob. As I write this falling asleep in mychair Bob's standing in front of me trash talking. Keep it up, big dog.....It's a long two weeks, and I plan on winning this little whizzing contest we've developed. We'll keep you posted if one of us takes a convincing lead. In the meantime I'll sleep with one eye open and a pie plate taped to my..............nevermind.

Night all. That jerk just took a picture ofme....I think I'll wake up early again, and I'll arm myself with a camera.

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Dam, maybe i should have contacted the "owners" of the house to put in a security camera, then we would have the "Bob and Adam Show" or maybe the Adam and Bob Show?........LMAO....

can't wait to hear how thurs is..... thanks for the stories and the live updates!!!! and nathan for the great pics!!!

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Well it's just after 9 a.m., and here I sit listening to Bob's rhythmic snoring. I'm actually starting to get used to it, but still the site of him on the couch is alarming to wake up to. It almost looks like he's levitating because the couch totally disappears beneath him.

I was pretty tired last night as you might have figured from the picture Bob took of me. I'm assuming it's in his blog, but to be fair I don't want to read his. It might make my posts jaded!

I DO know that he was doing an awful lot of trash talking while I was going to bed. He's very trusting for someone who's such a sound sleeper. We'll see how the week goes.

I'm actually starting to think that Bob and Nathan are part groundhog. At one point,and this is no lie, Bob woke up (the reason I know this is the snoring stopped), looked at me, flipped me the bird, and passed back out. He obviously hadn't seen his shadow which means four more hours of sleep. I had to "borrow" Nathan's toothpaste, so I tiptoed into his room, but I wasn't quiet enough. He stirred for a second, looked at the clock, and drifted back off.

If anyone has any suggestions how I can seek revenge for the verbal lashings I'm taking this week let me know. I'm open to suggestions.

The weather isn't looking positive today, but on the bright side they're calling for thunderstorms. Hopefully they'll be intense and brief so we can go racing tonight.

Anyhow, I'm off for my coffee fix. Catch you all later.

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LMAO... mind control is a beautiful thing. I think this Adam Ross guy is a little insecure. I haven't said a word here in 3 days because I've been busy. But that doesn't stop the Canadrican from talking shit, does it?

TIRED???

From what? You haven't done anything all week except run off at the lip about "Adam is great" and "Adam is God." And I want everyone to know... Adam from this point forward will be known as "Sleeping Ugly" because there ain't no beauty about him. Get this... He is the first to go to bed at 2:00am. He gets up about 8, dreams up ways to run me through the wringer here, TAKES A NAP, gets up in time to go to the races, makes Nathan drive on the way home so he can sleep, and then can't stay awake to update his blog. He said he was going to the store for coffee... I got $10 that says he is parked in the corner of the lot with the seat tilted back, tearing off some Z's. It doesn't take an hour to drive around the corner for coffee.

Hey Adam? Since you brought it up... http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n13/Hal...202008/Adam.jpg When you whistle for the "big dog" to come off the porch, don't be surprised if you get bit.

I've got a feeling there is going to be bloodshed here before the week is up. HIS. That's all for now... SOMEONE has to earn their keep around here.

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I know it seems I'm online alot..but I couldn't resist sharing this. Another reason to read the Daytona newspaper? For the local news. This is one that wouldn't make the national headlines, but I think it's deserving. My Dink of the Day award goes to:

The 46 year-old woman who was pulled over yesterday in St. Augustine, Florida for allegedly running a red light. Now that's not terribly interesting, but this is. It was noted that the woman had a 24 pack of beer strapped in to the passenger seat with a seat belt. She also had a 16 month girl in the backseat of the car, totaly unrestrained.

Bail has been set at $31,000. That's alot of beer cans she'll have to return.

There's a reason Fark.com has it's very own "Florida" tag...there's something in the air or water down there...

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How cute. Bobby DOES read.

While Bob thought I was out getting him coffee I actually headed over to the credentials office to pick up my pass for the Shootout. While Nathan and I spend alot of time at dirt tracks on the weekends, we also work for the Nascar Canadian Tire Series. They were good enough to arrange garage credentials for us down here, and I found out when I picked them up that they're actually good through the 500 next weekend. I'd thought they were only good through the shootout. I'm so pleased and excited that even Bob's constant belly-aching doesn't bother me right now. Don't get me wrong - I love the racing on the dirt track, but these passes will save us hundreds on tickets for the races at Daytona International. I can't help that I'm cheap.

There's a chance of rain today, but it's getting lowered more and more as the day goes on. Hopefully we'll get the show in. Bobby's been crying for hours since he found out about the shuttle launch getting cancelled. He says if it's the only thing he does all week he wants a good place to watch and film the shuttle going up. It actually seems like an obsession he's got with outer space.

If I ever hear him talk about hitching a ride on a comet while he offers me a glass of kool aid I'm running in the other direction. If you see on CNN that someone tried to strap themselves to the shuttle, look for Bob. He'll be hard to miss.

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