THANKSGIVING- #61

It’s that season again. Racing is pretty much over for the year and maybe except for that “little squabble” between Steve Torrence and Cameron Ferre, there isn’t much to talk about this week. But it is Thanksgiving – a time when we should give thanks for all we have. Probably shouldn’t wait until a “season” to do that, as we should be giving thanks all year long.

Speaking of the Torrence/Ferre affair, are you satisfied with the result? In case you’ve been living under a rock or have been “social media free” for the last week or so, the NHRA handed down a $25,000 fine to Torrence along with him attending anger management sessions – whenever I hear that term I think of the 2003 movie Anger Management with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. From the posts I’ve seen online, some of you are split as to the effectiveness of the NHRA result. But… maybe we should be “thankful” they even did anything.

For those who have won races and/or championships, that’s just another thing to be “thankful” for. For those who didn’t win anything, be “thankful” you’re able to be out there racing. During my trip to the Pomona Finals a couple of weeks ago, I had the honor to once again visit the NHRA Motorsports Museum, the place which chronicles the early days of the sport. It was there where I met with the curator Greg Sharp for a story in the next print issue of Drag Racing Edge, a story which chronicles just how the Museum came into being. We should be “thankful” for those who came before us and paved the way allowing us a place to go fast and test our skills. I’m not into nostalgia type cars; even though some are really cool; but I often wonder how more weren’t killed when you see how primitive the cars were back then. I’ve said this before, the one thing which always impresses me when I visit the Museum is not the cars, but the passion displayed by the ghosts which inhabit that establishment. When you think of it in that regard, it’s easy to be “thankful.”

While at the Museum, Greg Sharp made mention of the executive director Larry Fisher who had done so much for the Museum yet was out on medical leave. I never met Larry face to face personally, only spoke with him on occasion, and I was saddened to hear of his passing over the weekend. Our condolences go out to his family and we should be “thankful” he graced our lives.

There really is so much to be “thankful” for each and every day. I know I’m not always thinking in that regard, but it is true. Family, friends, possessions, whatever. I’m also “thankful” for the many who have helped to support our print magazine through your subscriptions. I know… I’ve said this in previous Blogs, but it will always remain true. Thank you to those who have subscribed and those who will in the future.

And for those who have helped to support my “habit;” yes racing; thank you. Sponsors, friends, I couldn’t do it without the support I receive from you and of course, my family. #Thankful.

I had the honor of being a guest on the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast with Luke Bogacki and Jared Pennington this week. We spoke about a number of things relating to the sport we love. The edition hits the airwaves on Wednesday afternoon and you can access it by visiting https://sportsmandragracingpodcast.libsyn.com/. My “thanks” to them for inviting me to be a part of their broadcast.

In a couple of weeks; sooner than we think; there’s another season popping up and the term there is “Jesus is the reason for the season.” The same could be said with just a minor tweak for the Thanksgiving season. There’s always a reason for the season, and the reason this week is “giving thanks.”