May - The SHOFers and Schaefer Ring of Honor gathered as is the custom on Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a splendid weekend of fun and frivolity. Oh, and some racing too.
Starters Sports Bar in Phoenix that we met in November 2013.
Though no new entrants were inducted to the Schaefer Hall of Fame, the SHOF did formally admit its representative to the Puerto Rico chapter into the Schaefer Ring Of Honor. Big Moe punished an XL shirt (largest size available with the SHOF's limited operating budget) - but was delighted with his selection.
ZimRick was the sole Schaefer representative at Bristol's NASCAR modified race. Judging by the crowd, he was close to being the sole fan there period.
- The west coast's long-standing yard beer: Olympia.
- The remnants of Ontario Motor Speedway
Dale Earnhardt made his first start with Wrangler Jeans as his sponsor at Ontario in 1980, and Richard Petty won his 7th and final championship in 1979 after a season-long competition with Darrel Waltrip. The battle was settled at Ontario.
With an assist from Scott Baker at BakerRacingPix.com, I found my way to the grounds where the track once stood. A sports arena now stands where the infield once was. Sidewalks and common area cover what was once the frontstretch and start-finish line.
|Credit to and courtesy of BakerRacingPix.com|
The Schaefer tradition began in 1992 at Talladega with two of us.
- Accommodations: a tent.
- Tickets: back stretch GA.
- Seating: lawn chair.
- Amenities: sunburn, dehydration and dietary indiscretion.
Traveling by air vs. car, however, limited my opportunities. So I settled on the purchase of one 30-box. As a bonus, my in-room fridge kept the cans cold during my stay.
Spring Lounge in New York City (aka The Shark Bar) - a truly local joint who can always be trusted to have Schaefer available.
After taking in the next-to-last race of the season at Phoenix in 2013, the SHOF wanted to attend 2014's season-ending one at Homestead. The desire to do so was increased with NASCAR's new championship format.
In case anyone is curious, yes Homestead also sells turkey legs.
Twenty-two years later, the end-of-season thrill was still off the hook. Kevin Harvick and his team did an exceptional job preparing for the race and then executing their plan. He claimed the race and the title.