Larry, as always, is catching up with Western New York natives in NASCAR. Old friend Rodney Fetters, a longtime crew member, is now part of Marcos Ambrose's crew team and he might have a very special day.
Thankfully, weather should not be a factor (knock on wood) -- as it's been recently. The race has been rained out twice in the last three years. It's a sunny day right now. There are rain showers in the forecast, but the chance of precipitation is at 30 percent.
Otherwise we are using the time to budget our coverage of tomorrow's first day of high school football practice. I'm also trying to check in on the gold medal hoops game online (the media center TVs are on ESPN) but there is a good deal off buf ... fer ... ing.
It's a pretty cool item. The stone at the bottom is from the Finger Lakes region (it's actually called "glenstone"), and the clear glass cylinder-type deal is meant to reflect the gorges and waterfalls of the region. It has a baby-blue tinge, which is representative of the track's trademark baby blue guardrails. The shape of the interior of the glass is the shape of the track.
I'll take a picture of it after the press conference is complete (click on the photo for a jumbo-sized picture where you can get a good look of the track design).
It really is a neat trophy when you see it up close. The shape of the track is represented inside the glass, and the trophy's look kind of changes when you look at it from different angles. There were several artists involved in its production.
11:26 a.m. Come race time, we'll be keeping track of things in the window below.
I'll be using it as my running notes for the race and I'll flow my tweets as well as some other useful Twitter feeds through.
1 p.m. Here we go: Click below:
Myself and Larry will have several stories on today's race in Monday's paper.