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Life in the pits

Watching a NASCAR event from the pit box

Originally Published: July 12, 2009
By Jerry Bonkowski | ESPNChicago.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. At 51 and a lifelong self-professed gearhead when it comes to auto racing and race cars, I'm living proof.

Having spent the better part of the past quarter-century covering professional auto racing, particularly NASCAR, I thought I knew just as much about stock car racing as guys like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

Well, yes, I do know a lot, but I learned even more Saturday night during the LifeLock.com 400 ...

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