Dallas Motorsports: Coca-Cola 600
May, 28, 2010
By Eddie Gossage | ESPNDallas.com
For motorsports fans, Sunday is Christmas Day, Fourth of July and Thanksgiving Day all rolled up into one 1,100-mile long ball.
The Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 allows race fans to gorge themselves on drama, intrigue, danger, bitter loss and glorious, glorious triumph. And that's not to mention gorging themselves on barbecue and cold beverages.
The Indy 500 -- the Greatest Spectacle in Sport -- goes first. Nothing is as dramatic as the buildup to the green flag. Taps, in honor of our war dead on Memorial Day Weekend. Jim Nabors touching "Back Home Again In Indiana." The Purdue Marching Band. The colorful balloon release. Mari Hulman George saying, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" The parade laps. The flying start of 11 rows of three across the yard of bricks.
I'm tearing up.
There are lots of stories in Indy:
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And then there is the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race. It has a huge pre-race buildup, as well. Honoring the troops. Taps, again. Red, white and blue. It starts in the daylight and ends under the lights. And it, too, has plenty of stories:
There are lots to learn Sunday. Memories to be made. Summer officially arrives.
Let the gorging begin.