Monday, October 26, 2009

Rolando T.'s First NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series Race

One of the things I love about “social networking” (Twitter and Facebook) is that you get to meet people you would ordinarily not meet. Such is the case with twelve-year-old Rolando T. from Harrisonburg, Virginia.

I first “met” Rolando on Twitter. Now we chat via facebook almost daily. He is in the seventh grade and enjoys his school activities. However, he finds the most joy watching his favorite Camping World Truck Series Driver, Colin Braun.

It was my pleasure to share in his excitement as his father brought Roland to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race last weekend. Saturday's Kroger 200 was held at the Martinsville Speedway and was within driving distance from Rolando’s home.

Rolando’s favorite, Colin Braun, started the race from twelfth position and crossed the finish line in third. Kevin Harvick, who lost two laps after pitting under green on Lap 64 because of a flat tire, rallied to finish fifth. It was very exciting to watch race winner Timothy Peters scored his first win on his home track.

Interview with Rolando T.:

NASCAR Race Mom: I understand that you really like the Camping World Truck Races.

Rolando: Yeah there so fun! Martinsville is a cool track to go to.

NASCAR Race Mom: So you attend the Truck race at Martinsville last weekend?

Rolando: Yes, my dad took me.

NASCAR Race Mom: Can you tell me a little bit about your first truck race?

Rolando: Well it was cool. It rained for a long time. I got to buy some diecasts and see Aric Almirola driving in a golf cart. I got to take some pictures of Colin Braun's #6 truck. It was on display outside the track somewhere. It was a fun trip. I will try to go next year.

NASCAR Race Mom: Why was the race cool?

Rolando: Because you could get a great view of the whole track; also because my favorite truck driver Colin Braun finished 3rd. There was great side by side racing!

NASCAR Race Mom: How long have you be a Colin Braun fan?

Rolando: Almost since the end of the 2008 truck season.

NASCAR Race Mom: Why is Colin your favorite truck driver?

Rolando: Well, because he drives #6. . . also because he's a nice clean driver and cool. I never met him before. The first time I ever saw him in real life was at the Martinsville race, but I did not get to talk to him.

NASCAR Race Mom: If you could make a change to the way the Truck Races are run; what change would you make?

Rolando: I would make it to where you don't have to buy like a pit pass to get in the center of the track where all the haulers and pit crew guys are, because I really wanted to go see Colin in the pit.

NASCAR Race Mom: Do you have any Colin Braun fan gear?

Rolando: Yeah I have a hat and a shirt . . . also a diecast.

NASCAR Race Mom: Do you watch Sprint Cup and Nationwide races also?

Rolando: Yeah I watch both of them on TV.

NASCAR Race Mom: Do you know anything about the Camping World Series West races?

Rolando: I know a little bit. I’m going to start following it a bit more next season.

NASCAR Race Mom: Who is your favorite Camping World Series West driver?

Rolando: Moses Smith!!!!!!!! :)

NASCAR Race Mom: What do you like about Moses?

Rolando: He's a great guy. Nice to his fans and a great racecar driver! But like I said this is my first year with this series.

NASCAR Race Mom: Very cool interview Rolando - do you have anything you would like to add or have mentioned in the post?

Rolando: Thanks! Yeah I would. I would like to say that Colin Braun and Moses Smith are some of the best drivers ever!

Rolando T’s Video Report From Martinsville:

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