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The latest update as of August 19, 2003
Still working on the NHRA Northwest Nationals coverage
Hmm, looks like we didn't get the pictures from Seattle posted yesterday (as "promised"), did we? Well, yes and no. Yes, they are on the server at SuperWebHost, but no, they aren't on a page that's viewable on the internet. Let's try to rectify that little problem today so that we can move on to bigger (and hopefully better) things like the Lordco Summer Nationals at good old Mission Raceway Park later this week.
As you may know if you've seen me lately (or read the January 11th bit of news), this year has been one of the toughest of my life. I've fought some serious battles with my health and they're not over yet. Next Monday (the 25th) is the scheduled date of my second artery bypass operation (femoral, as in leg) to get some blood flowing in my right leg. The left leg was done at the beginning of June and is almost fully recovered now. But until the right leg is done I'm still severely limited in the personal mobility (walking) department.
So when the Northwest Nationals date rolled around in late July, I was still not able to move around too swiftly or able to sit or stand for long periods of time and wasn't able to conceive of spending an entire weekend hobbling around Pacific Raceways. One day was going to have to suffice and logisitics dictated Friday (usually the best day of the event for the hardcore folks anyway).
If you've seen the stories of Dean Murdoch's trials and tribulations in attempting to even enter the U.S.A. (let alone get to the racetrack) over at SpeedZone or read Pat Harden's "nouveau apologiste" (come on Pat, flame me for that gibe!) report on the event or seen any of the heavily veiled (i.e, not quite naked) references to "problems" at Horsepower Heaven, then you can just imagine what my impressions of the race will read like.
NOTE: If I can possibly dig up some of my old stories about national events at then-Seattle International Raceway during the Rockstad era, I'll put up links to them on this page. They were the genesis for the muck-raking, mud-slinging, take-no-prisoners ethos that made this website infamous in the late 1990's.... before old age, political correctness and a fondness for NHRA free lunches and VIP parking took the wind out of my sails.
On the other hand, maybe I'll just blow up all that goodwill with one "blast from the past" today. Hang on and see... it's guaranteed to be a ride! To start it rolling, just click on the logo below and DON'T SAY WE DIDN'T WARN YOU!!!
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