Sunday, May 15, 2011

Capture the Crown
(Part Two)

As Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup race on the Monster Mile, NASCAR Race Mom suddenly became highly motivated to continue her series on her Richmond International Raceway trip to attend the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.

The weekend started off rather unexpectedly. After landing at the Byrd International Airport (RIC), NRM was greeted with a signboard by my driver Warren! Now that does not happen to NASCAR Race Mom too often! Warren was very polite and efficient, as he escorted me to my hotel.

After checking into the Richmond Marriott , the entire “Capture the Crown” group drove to the Richmond International Raceway to obtain their track credentials. RIR is conveniently located in Henrico County, just outside the city of Richmond, Virginia. It is a large facility and can hold over 100,000 fans, workers and race team members. Now NASCAR Race Mom has been to numerous short tracks, especially on the West Coast. However, the enormousness and history of “America’s Premier Short Track” was not lost on me.

To finish out our day of arrival, the group vanned to the Book Binders for dinner. It was the perfect atmosphere for us bloggers to get to know our Crown Royal Hosts Zack, Jennifer, and Catlin.

The service was excellent and the manager even stopped by our table for a chat. My grilled salmon; baked potato, loaded with butter and chives; and spinach was tasty and so filling I had to forgo desert.

However, I did have a responsible nightcap (Crown Over Crushed Ice) before retiring to my hotel room. The anticipation made it difficult for me to fall asleep, but I knew that NASCAR Race Mom would need her rest for the thrilling day ahead. The Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 promised to be fun-filled and exhilarating!

Before signing off, NASCAR Race Mom cannot pass up this opportunity to congratulate NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth, his sponsor Crown Royal and the entire #17 team on their second win in the last five races, and their sixth place standing in the championship points. Could this be the year that Matt and Crown Royal win the championship? It is going to be an extraordinary 2011 NASCAR Season.

Remember you can follow Matt on twitter and on Facebook .

Related Posts:

Capture the Crown - NASCAR Race Mom at RIR (Part 1)

Autographed Matt Kenseth Cap Giveaway

Photos from the “Crown Royal Presents the
Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.”

Driver Warren was waiting for NASCAR Race Mom at the airport.

Credentials area at the Richmond International Raceway (April 29, 2011)

My Team, the Royal Chasers (Justin Korkidis, of Complex,
NASCAR Race Mom, and Mike Arone of The Rugged).
We came in second in the Capture the Crown Scavenger Hunt.
(Richmond International Raceway - April 29, 2011)

Some of my Capture the Crown Scavenger Hunt competition
(Jon Washburn of Midwest Sports Fans,NASCAR Race Mom, and Brett Singer of Daddy Tips)(Richmond International Raceway - April 29, 2011)

The Intimidators, the winning team of the Scavenger Hunt.
(Philip Van der Vossen of Gunaxin; Josiah Schlatter of NBCSports;
and Kaitlyn Vincie from Hot for NASCAR)

Tailgaters getting ready for the Crown Royal Presents
The Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at the
Richmond International Raceway - April 30, 2011.

Matt Kenseth fan wearing his souvenir T-Shirt
(Richmond International Raceway - April 30, 2011)

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. impersonator
(Richmond International Raceway - April 30, 2011)

#17 Crown Royal Ford going through the Tech Line.
(Richmond International Raceway - April 30, 2011)

Great backstage access to the Rodney Atkins Concert.
(Richmond International Raceway - April 30, 2011)

Two Parachuters participating in the Opening Ceremonies
(Richmond International Raceway - April 30, 2011)

photos by NASCAR Race Mom

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