When NASCAR rolled into Sonoma, I spent a couple days spotting for a coworker of mine, Dave Smith, running in the K&N Pro Series West
A lot of our time was hampered with a broken sway bar, brake failure, among other issues. But come race day, we ran with what we had
Dave started 17th out of 30 cars and battled with a cracked header, suspension issues, and even a shift knob that went flying mid-race
Even without a perfect car, Dave was able to bring the car home safely in 17th position
Watching him all weekend from the spotter tower, what I really saw was a true professional earning his pay. To put it frankly, the car looked like a royal nightmare to drive but to make some passes, finish where he started, and to be able drive both the #30 car and his family safely home was nothing short of inspiring
As with all NASCAR races, the fanfare and entertainment value the show put on was great
You're a hero and the people's champ Dave. Thanks for the great time. On to the next one!