Tomorrow is the Daytona 500. We are usually excited but even more so this year since we will be going to the race in Las Vegas next month. When we received our tickets it was bittersweet because only three arrived in the mail instead of four.
In years past, we invited friends over to watch the race or made sure we had plenty of pizza and snacks to celebrate. Over the years the boys started watching more races and picked their favorite drivers. Drew is a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan and Christian liked Jeff Gordon. You can imagine our disappointment when Jeff Gordon announced his retirement, which just happened to be the year after we lost Christian. It was bizarre seeing Jeff Gordon in the announcers booth with a suit on instead of on pit road in his fire suit. I know Christian would have been bummed out not seeing the Dupont car on the track.
Since we lost Christian, I cannot hold the tears back as the National Anthem is performed or when Darrell Waltrip yells “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity! Let’s go racing!” I would like to share some photos of our trips to Las Vegas to see the race. Christian and I just loved it when Darrell would yell at the beginning of each race so if you get the chance to tune in, even just for the “Boogity,” say it out loud for my son. Enjoy!