Saturday, February 19, 2005

NASCAR Media Tour 3 - Childress Winery

Since the Daytona 500 is just hours away I wanted my experience from the recent NASCAR media day to cross the finishline.

The day that started in Charlotte and made stops at Joe Gibbs Racing and Evernham Motorsports was now in full swing at Richard Childress' Place in Lexington.

NO, not the RCR Race Shop, which is a site to behold itself, but today's stop for the mass of media previewing the 2005 racing season was the Childress Winery.

Surprisingly, I had never been to the winery yet, and I was shocked at it's beauty. It is modeled after something you would find in Italy and it is exquisite!

The wine was there for the partaking and they had food, lots of food. Sports Anchor Rich Brenner and I were early enought that we basically worked our way through the RCR people meeting and greeting. We did an interview with driver Dave Blaney, who will be driving the 07 Jack Daniels Car, before the rest of the media folks arrived. When the rest of the media arrived I jumped quickly into the food line. The food included lots of fruit, shrimp, crackers and cheese, and an awesome Roast Beef that was to die for.

Of course while eating, our second sports anchor arrived on the scene and wanted to knock out some interviews, because he had to get back to for the late news which by this time was just 2 hours away.

My eating was interupted twice to interview Richard Childress, Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick. But I did get to finish my food so I was happy, just like Harvick.( even after that debacle in the second Gatorade Duel on Thursday)

Another great interview we did was with a female racing prodigy named Sarah Fisher.

She's the hottest female race driver out there and has been driving IRL cars but that series and it's high and mighty sponsors left her high and dry so she ventured into NASCAR.

Her story about getting into NASCAR is a good one. She was at a car dealership doing some PR and Richard Childress was also there. He told her that if she ever wanted to drive a stock car to give him a call. SHE DID.

She will drive in the Grand National Divisions's West Coast Series full time this year. She will also make 2 Busch Grand National Appearances for RCR racing later in the year.

I think this is the best driver hire that Childress has ever made. Except for Dale Earnhardt.

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