CANANDAIGUA, NY — Blog By Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Clint Miller — Photos By 13WHAM and CBS News New York — Here it is, 11:24 on Saturday night. A great day that was gonna be topped off with a night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park with my good friend who was up visiting from Albany, NY.
My daughter and her friend came to tag along to go watch the races and support a fallen driver in Kevin Ward Jr. As a race fan tonight was a bevy of emotions. We knew the rain was imminent we just didnt know when. All drivers worked hard getting the track ready to go, and about 40 minutes late, we did just that.
An outstanding business, SuperGen Products of Newark, NY donated $1,000.00 to the track crew for the outstanding work they have done. After the Sportsman consi finished, the rain started. As we waited out the rain delay, drivers started coming to the front stretch, some signing autographs. Turns 3 and 4 started to fill up with hundreds of crew members wearing orange. A very touching moment was upon us. Looking at the lap counter, every spot for a number had 13.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park unveiled a beautiful #13 billboard that will now adorn turn 2 at the Speedway. Sparklers with the #13 were lit in honor of Kevin’s number. Mike Mallet, a dirt track enthusiast and Empire Super Sprints announcer, spoke with voice breaking up as he read a list of accomplishments that any person would love to have in a career — let alone be age 20. Sprint car patriarch Mike Emhoff said more kind words that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
As the rains came, the crowd there listening in silence, they set off 13 sets of fireworks that were in orange and white. I went to watch racing, and ended it with a dirt track family affair where everyone came together to honor a fallen friend in racing. In the end, whether its family by blood or my friends from my Turn 5 Podcast family, family is what matters.
Clint Miller is the co-host of Turn 5 LIVE and a new contributor to the Race Chaser Online Blog Series. You can listen to Clint Miller, Steven Ovens and Brad Ovens weekly on Turn 5 LIVE Tuesday nights at 7pm by visiting www.blogtalkradio.com/turn5live.