|Jeff Gordon ended up on the hook in his last Atlanta race; teammate Jimmy Johnson won|
|My view of the "Big One"|
|Joey Logano won two pole positions at Atlanta|
|Saturday's truck race was run under the lights|
|Matt Crafton dominated the truck race|
|Fan favorite Earnhardt thrilled soldiers with autographs and selfies|
|A nice couple I met in Turn 3 said they owned one of these trackside condos|
Once the race was over Sunday, there was more waiting, this time to get my CF card back before I could hit the road. By then, it was 7:45 p.m. and I had originally hoped to banzai home to Indy, but made the decision to get to Nashville, Tennessee and stop for the night. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I made all weekend as it started raining around Chattanooga and I had a white knuckle drive on I-75 through heavy fog and mist over the mountains. Thank God the NASCAR hauler from Furniture Row Racing led the way past Monteagle and I finally got to Nashville after midnight and found a Comfort Inn in Goodlettesville. I was happy with my work for the weekend, shooting anytime there were two or more cars in the frame to show the close racing. I was also happy to have a real bed to sleep in after two nights in my car at the track. When my alarm went off Monday morning, there was no bad weather and I knew I'd be able to get back to my teaching job in Indy for my first class at noon. That was until I outsmarted myself looking for cheap gas, and had a cross country detour that wasted an hour at the beginning of Monday's drive home. I only ended up 45 minutes late as it turned out and after driving over 1200 miles on the weekend, it was good to be back home again in Indianapolis.
I am a teacher and photographer who loves to drive. I don't have another road trip until mid-April when I will go to Nashville for ARCA, but at least I have one under my belt to start the 2015 season. It will be a busy one for me so perhaps I'll see you at a race somewhere down the road. Safe travels!
Atlanta Sprint Cup Folds of Honor 500
Atlanta Camping World Truck Series 200