All sporting events know: Stuff happens

February 18, 2010, 11:54 AM

By: Eddie Gossage

The pothole.

That's the talk of the week. Some media folks that have never been to a race track in their lives and only talk about racing in derisive fashion have gone to great lengths to trash the sport and the unfortunate problem that sprung up (or was it cratered) during the Daytona 500.

Daytona Pothole

AP Photo/Bill Friel

The broken asphalt, which twice caused stoppage of the Daytona 500, is getting a temporary fix.

I don't remember them ranting about an NHL game that I went to many years ago only to see it postponed because the ice wouldn't set. I don't remember them railing about the NBA game that was stopped because of condensation on the floor that formed due to the ice for hockey games that is found below the playing floor at most major arenas. For that matter, can't they produce a backboard that doesn't shatter during a slam dunk, resulting in a stoppage in play while the backboard is replaced and the glass is cleaned up?

Like the bumper sticker says, stuff happens.

At Texas Motor Speedway, we try to be prepared for all eventualities. In cases involving the asphalt, catch fence and the safer barriers, we have a truck that is stocked with supplies to fix all those problems. It's got tools, cutting torches, welding machine and more, including materials to patch asphalt in all types of weather conditions. Between races, no one is allowed to enter the truck's storage compartment and "borrow" a tool, supplies or equipment for fear that it won't be returned and cause a delay in repair work on race day.

The folks at Daytona International Speedway this week have asked for photos of the truck to see how we prepare for the race. We gladly sent it to them as well as an inventory list.

Is everything in there? We think so. Is there a chance we'll have a problem one day that the contents of the truck can't fix?

Yep.

Stuff happens.

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