Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Dialed-In with Claire B. Lang": Dover Edition

Last night I had the privilege of attending SiriusXM's live broadcast of "Dialed-In with Claire B. Lang" as an audience member at Dover Downs.  Here's some pics, observations, and strained puns...

The show's set-up:  Claire & guest on a stage at the Rollins Center (a small general performing arts venue at the casino), made to look like one of FDR's fireside chats for some reason.

Kyle Larson.  Seemed like a good guy, and he humored me when I asked my question, "Got any good Felix Sabates stories?"  (NOTE: That's not a joke, I actually asked that.)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who (after a few perfunctory questions about this weekend's race) then was subjected to Claire B. asking him constantly about Danica.

Telling answer to an innocuous question: When asked how he was approaching this weekend's race, he noted that he had to be careful around Chasers trying to get into the second round, mentioning, "one of my teammates is IN the Chase"...guess Carl Edwards is already out the door at Roush!

Aric Almirola.  Seemed like a nice guy, though he seemed to be in a slight hurry.  On Sunday morning, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs (owned by Smithfield) will be hosting a Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifying event at the track--the winner gets entry into the famous July 4th event at Coney Island.

"Chase Elliott!  Tearin' up the track in the Napa 9 car!"

Chase also seemed like a good guy, though his answers were slightly "too polished" for my taste.  BTW, Chase inexplicably came dressed like me.

AJ Allmendinger, easily the funniest guy there.  He started things off by joking around with his spotter (who was in the audience, as well as a big fan, a PR flak, and one of the hottest women I have ever seen in person).  They traded some light barbs with each other about fantasy football.

Check out the beginning of this article to see Dinger doin' The Worm!

Special thanks goes out to my dad for coming up with the idea to go to this, as well as SiriusXM (and Claire B.) for putting it on.  Also, thanks to everyone who didn't steal my wallet when it fell out of my pocket.