Thursday, May 15, 2014

Good Fences #8

 
Michigan International Speedway
NASCAR Race Track, Brooklyn, MI.
at dawn, from outside the main gates/fence.

Turn 4, coming towards the main grandstand.
You can see the safety "catch" fence that runs 
around the track between spectators & race cars.
While not attractive, these fences are important.

The NASCAR safety "catch" fence stands about 
22 feet high and can be found at all race tracks.
It is an essential fence that protects and saves 
lives of both NASCAR drivers and their fans.  

Mark Martin, 1998 
seen through the safety "catch" fence

Dale Earnhardt, 1998, on Pit Road
Seven time NASCAR Cup Champion 

Pit Road exit, through the safety "catch" fence.


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  1. Lots of fences to keep people and cars behind.

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    1. Exactly. While not "beautiful", they serve an important purpose.

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  2. These are fun fence shots! Thanks. :-)

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    1. I started with the first picture, but realized the other was really worth mentioning.

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  3. Wow, now that's a fence. Thanks for all the photos. I learned something new today.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thanks, Julia. It is a different take on "fences", I know. Not "pretty", but so important.

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  4. These fences don't just mark a boundary ... they protect. Great choice and cool pics McGuffy. I hope you will be able to go back there someday :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Exactly. These are necessary and have proven to be effective structures.

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  5. Excellent entry the raceway fencing. For sure good fencing. So needed. . You had your thinking cap on this entry.

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    1. I usually do wear a thinking cap, and have been teased for it. I am always thinking. It is the poet in me. Thanks.

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  6. DEFINITELY needed fences! thanks for linking in!

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  7. Great story, setting and cast of characters in your photos, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt. Thank you for the up close tour.
    I didn't know there was a Brooklyn, MI. I went to MSU in East Lansing.

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    1. I have always been an Earnhardt (Sr.) fan. My husband, Bill, has always been a Martin fan. Yes, there was rivalry. We used to go to MIS every year and stayed in Okemos (right next to East Lansing). We know MSU quite well! MIS is directly South (near Jackson).

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  8. definitely fences for safety. TFS.

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  9. Great shots of the raceway! My brother is a big fan of Nascar! Enjoy your day!

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  10. All fences serve their own purposes. These protection fences are fabulous!

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    1. Yes, whether for looks or work, fences are a great things.

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  11. a grand and very necessary fence!! i went to so many races as a young adult but have not been in years!!

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    1. We used to go every year, until Bill became a trucker. It is an experience.

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  12. I'm originally from MI, but haven't been to this track. I've been to Bristol, though. Nice shots!

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    1. I recommend you get to MIS. You will not regret it.

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  13. Felt like I had been to the races. Nice post.

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  14. How incredible, being born and raised in Michigan I just adore seeing this place!

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    1. I am glad you liked this Karen. If you haven't been to MIS, I recommend you go. It is an incredible place!

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  15. Yes, it's that time of year! Great series of fences. I always enjoy going to the Indy 500 qualifications here. Never really got into NASCAR, but it definitely has its loyal followers.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my fences.

    ~Lindy

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    1. I have not been to The Brickyard, though Bill has. The history is great there!

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  16. It's been a few good years since I attended a race and these fences are most important. Good post and great photos and info.

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn. It has sadly been a few years for us, too.

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  17. Yes these fences are indeed a good thing. Looks like you enjoy Nascar.

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    1. Indeed we do, Ida! It is a lot of fun, and definitely has a rich American history.

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  18. When DH worked in Michigan in 2000, a co-worker, who had connections took him to the Michigan speedway and they were able to walk a portion of the track. He really enjoyed the experience. Nice photo collection!

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    1. We have actually walked MIS. We went every year from 1995-2010. When Bill went into trucking, we were no longer able to work it out. Maybe someday we will go again.

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  19. Quite a metaphor for life, I would say. Neat post!

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    1. I think so, too. I am not surprised you said that.

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    1. Thank you, Joe! I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  21. I watch the formula 1 gran prix on TV but would image most kinds of racing would be a bot too noisy close up

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    1. Indeed, auto races are very loud! You can feel the vibrations in your entire body. A lot of power.

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  22. How awesome! Something we don't see very often. Love these photos for good fences!

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  23. Yep, those are very good fences to have! Thanks for the blog visit. :)

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