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Supper At The NASCAR Cafe

Last night, yarbiedoll and I went to the NASCAR Cafe in Greensboro for supper. It was quite yummy, and provided leftovers that we ate for lunch today (more on that later).

One of the neat gimmicks they have at the Cafe is a "leader pole" in the middle of the restaurant. They display the top ten finishing order from the most recent race. I was looking at the pole last night and it didn't seem right. First, the scrolling title said it was the "starting order," but the results it was displaying were clearly not the starting order -- they bore a distinct resemblance to the finishing order. Except it wasn't the correct finishing order, because they reported the #18 car as finishing fourth, when I knew that Bobby didn't crack the top ten on Saturday night (he finished sixteenth). Techno-geek that I am, I pulled out my GSM phone and surfed over to the mobile edition of nascar.com to check the finishing order. It turns out they had every position correct, except fourth, which (according to my phone) should have been reported as #80, Mike Bliss. Simple mistake to make, I reasoned -- "80" and "18" might sound similar, and as someone filling out the top ten, I'd sooner guess that Labonte made it in the top than Bliss. I mentioned it to my waitress as we were paying the check, and she said she'd tell the manager. As I was leaving, I noticed that they changed the pole to read "80." I thought that was pretty neat.

Well, I thought it was pretty neat until I hopped on the web just now to verify Bliss' first name, and found out that his car number is really 180 -- so I was wrong, too. The leader pole only allows for two digit car numbers, so I guess they just put the first two digits in. My suggestion ended up only being the last two digits, but at least that's less confusing since I don't think there's a driver out there racing #80. Oh, well. Bliss should get a car with a two digit race number. All the drivers should.

The other funny story from the restaurant was that we needed a box for half our meal. When our waitress brought the Styrofoam to-go boxes out to us, I laughed out loud when I noticed that someone had written "DNF"1 in blue magic marker on the top of the box. I thought that was pretty clever.

All in all, it was a great meal -- twice! I had the "Collision Chicken," which was chicken, with ham on top of it, with cheese on top of it. I will certainly get that again. The other thing I will get again is the onion rings we had as an appetizer. They were out of this world.

If you come visit me in Greensboro and you're a race fan, we'll go to the NASCAR Cafe.

1"DNF" is race-lingo for "Did Not Finish."


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Sep. 15th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)
i am very excited by this concept of a NASCAR Cafe. i think they should export that idea up north. although we might not be redneck enough here in DC... =P

i just bought a Sterling Marlin #40 Coors Light model car this weekend. i can't wait until it's all put together!!!
Sep. 15th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
So what do they do on the official leader pole? I'm going to be obsessive about it now, trying to catch it during the race on Sunday.
Sep. 15th, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I'm wondering, too! As much as I can remember, the leader poles at tracks I've been at all only account for two digit car numbers.
Sep. 15th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a really cool place. Another good chain of car related restaurants, is "Quaker Steak and Lube", I think they are mostly around Ohio and PA though. The dining area is set up like a garage, there are a couple of cars up on racks with seats under them.
Sep. 16th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)
NMD = Need More Digits
They're suffering from the same problem as gas stations did when the price of gas exceeded $1.000. It's another form of the Y2K issue. Personally, I'd like to see some cars with really creative numbers on 'em.

The 69 car is sure to be a crowd pleaser, 'specially if the driver is a woman. Note the flexibility of this number on the roof of the car.

Nobody would get anywhere near the sqrt(169) car.

How about 101101? It has a nice ring to it. Looks the same on both sides of the car, and even works on the roof in any orientation. The camera folks would love it. Richard Petty might even be pleased. Or not.
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