E-town… and beyondWednesday, September 03, 2014
Posted by: Jenna Haddock

This blog is a mixture… I started writing this right after Englishtown. Then the month of July hit, and I never had time to send it in or keep up with it. I am leaving the first part of it, which is through Father’s Day. I will then move on to the most amazing month we have had in a long time. Please enjoy!

We went to E-town, and it is always a great time to get to go to Terry’s hometown. We get to see so many people, and while the list of regular attendees that are people from Terry’s past is getting smaller, it is still so much fun to see everyone. In E-town we did pretty well. We ran 4.24, and while it was not the fastest time because the Funny Cars were laying down killer numbers, we are still very happy with our performance. I thought we had a pretty good chance going into Sunday. We knew Cruz was going to want the backup record number, and we just needed to do our thing. When I saw him go up in smoke for a split second I thought we had him. Unfortunately, we then smoked them… it seems like when our car smokes and Terry has to pedal it, it’s all over because it jacks the front end up and makes it hard to steer. So it was close, but Cruz got us.

After the race we went to NYC and saw the 9/11 Memorial. If you haven’t been able to go I would highly suggest it. Many people forget what is important, and when you go to the memorial there is nothing you can do but remember what happened to our country and our people. You start to remember where you were and what you saw. I was still in high school, and because I grew up next to one of the largest army bases they thought we could potentially be a target and put everyone on lockdown. When you’re in high school you don’t understand everything that is happening, but after being at the memorial I will never forget what happened and everyone that was lost. Terry said that he was working in Jersey and he saw all the cars coming from the city covered in ash and soot… he watched the second plane hit on television. He said it was surreal and can’t believe how long it has been since it happened. After we were done in NYC we went and picked up one of our guys and we all went to the Jersey Shore and had dinner. It was a great time.

We went to Seattle to see McKailen since it was Father’s Day, and we went and saw a Mariner’s game. Then we went to the Shore in Seattle… this was a little chilly, but we all had a great time. We went to the pool in the evening, and it was warm. Kailen made us these great poems and books. He is such an amazing kid. Braiden is with his dad for a couple of weeks and getting to meet his new sister Skylar. He will then be traveling with us in July. All in all, it has been a very great month.

As I sit here and watch Terry working on his newest project I am able to reflect on the amazing summer we have had. There are ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade one second of it with anyone or anything in life. I picked McKailen up for our 6 week summer vacation and the business started. We had a great first week at home, spending some much needed time, just the three of us. Braiden was at his dad’s meeting his new sister, who he loves very much! I think it is a little confusing to him why he wasn’t the center of attention every day, but he is getting used to it and building a bond with her. When we left for Norwalk, we knew that there were going to be some really long days and some great amazing times. Our first stop was Indianapolis to pick up my new canopy dragster from DSR. I can’t believe that we actually made it happen. I can’t thank everyone at DSR and on the Matco team in particular for helping us. I also want to thank Bass and Ashley from Patriot Grading for making this miracle happen. Who would have ever thought that I would have the 5th canopy car… not me! The new car came with its share of problems. When building a car, it would be ideal to take it home and make everything perfect. This, however, wasn’t an option for us. We headed over to Norwalk and had a decent weekend until the end. In Q3 the Funny Car made a good pass (not great but good), and we would have qualified had we not hit the last cones, which DQ’d our run. Then we went up for Q4 and were confident that it would roll right down there and most likely run a little better than the previous run. However, it broke an exhaust, which could have cost us much more than just qualifying, so we were glad it didn’t take out the body. Most of the following week, we stayed in Norwalk and built my car. It was a lot of long hours and days, but we got quite a bit finished on it. On Friday morning we headed over to Canada for the Nitro Nationals. We had a great time, and the car ran pretty good. Let me tell you, I think McKailen could sell ice to an Eskimo… he was selling parts and paper airplanes like crazy! Super proud of him! Terry and I packed up and headed back so that we could be back across the border by morning…. you wouldn’t think it would be that long of a drive, but we had a few stops to make. First we stopped at Dote Racing to work out some deals… then we headed back to Indy because there was an issue with the wingstand that we weren’t sure how to fix. The amazing people in the DSR fabrication shop and more help from the Matco team, and we were all fixed up.

We arrived in Denver Tuesday night, practically Wednesday morning, and that was the start of the most amazing week! We got everything set up and started having all the tech stuff done, which for a new car includes a chassis certification and checking the angles of the wing and the layback on the wing. We also checked all the safety devices to make sure they were working. Thursday morning I went to my first-ever television set. Debbie and Bri Bandimere invited me to be part of the group to raise awareness to fight heart disease in women. We did a segment on channel 9 news on the Colorado and Company show. It was amazing! They made me feel so welcome. I made sure to join the track walk on Saturday morning! The Bandimeres are fantastic people, and I am so lucky that they chose to have me go with them. I will never forget it… Thank you!

Now let’s talk about some racing. We missed the first session because the car wasn’t 100%. We decided together that if it’s not perfect it’s not going. We made sure everything was ready, and for the second session I made my Pro debut (which sounds so funny to me considering I have been a fan since I was a little girl). We made a planned shut-off run to make sure that all of the systems were functional and to make sure that I was ready. The best feeling that evening was sitting in the car watching Courtney get in and realizing I was in great company and because of my husband and my sponsors I was getting ready to do something so many people would love to do! As I rolled down the hill I started going through my steps and just kept saying it’s just another test day… Lo and behold it was not just another day! When the car started everything fell into place. I got the most amazing thumbs up from starter Mark Lyle… it’s funny how different it is when normally it’s Terry in the seat. I stood on the gas and away we went.

Now when I turned the corner, it became apparent to me that I had never been down to the other end before my team and my car. This is where it gets a little blurry. We were in such a hurry to get me out of the car that I forgot to turn off the air system and my hand just hit the fire bottle knob as they tried to pull me out… so the bottom of my suit got soaked. It was funny! I couldn’t stop laughing… as they sat me in the chair and gave me a mic the real job started. Many people say it looks so easy… they are wrong! It is harder to do the interviews than it is to drive the car. I think it was rather funny. Terry tried to hijack my interview but it was a lot of fun. I am still learning what and how to say things. I think I got told several times to bring the mic up and to lift my hat because they couldn’t see my face. It was such a great day. I don’t think I could have asked for anything better unless I could have made two runs.

Saturday was another great day. We made an almost full pull when I lined up with Brittany. I had never run with someone else in the other lane. It created its own set of challenges. Even though I knew the procedure, I was so afraid to hold her up or make a mistake. It was great except for the fact that the radio came flying out of my car… I didn’t know it until we got to the top end. We turned the car around and were ready for the last session when we heard that Rob Passey wasn’t going to make the run. This made it to where we had a choice. The team as a group decided that we would skip the last session. For me it was a little disappointing because the only way to get better is to get more seat time, and I knew I was at a disadvantage to start with, seeing that we don’t have the budget many other teams do. Instead, ESPN decided they wanted me to come down to do another interview. It was so much fun sitting there as I have watched so many before me sit at the top of the staging lanes.

I ended up being number 16 and would face Tony “the Sarge” Schumacher… this has many challenges. First, he is number 1 and for a reason. He is a champion and an amazing driver. Oh and let’s throw in that “winningest driver in Top Fuel history!” This, of course, should make you nervous. I tried to stay calm. I knew I wouldn’t win if he went 3.8s or .9s, but I was there in case something happened. Sure enough that something was the hazing of the tires. Many people have asked and/or stated that I should have seen him out front. However, what you don’t realize is that with the capsule your field of vision is less. I never saw him. I kept thinking he should be there… where is he… where is he….then I went to hit the chutes and saw the win light come on. I must have had the highest pitched scream coming out of my mouth. I couldn’t believe it. When I got out of the car and he shook my hand, I knew it was true, so I hurried back to the starting line as my team took the car back to service it. The problem, however, was earlier in the morning our generator blew up, and we had no air tools power. So thank you to Rob Wendland, Steve Chrisman, and all of his guys for helping our team turn it around with no power. I went down to help make sure that we got Terry’s car running and it went. I didn’t figure we would both win, but had we both won I don’t know what we would do. I say I would want his car to go because he has earned it and made it possible for me to do this, but the competitiveness in me would have wanted to try for both cars.

Next round I had Brittany, and the funniest thing happened. We started going to the lanes, and we were kind of following each other back and forth… I had no idea that I had lane choice! I, of course, picked the same lane because I figured it would bring me luck. I think the second round was hardest on Braiden. I am his mom and he wanted me to win, BUT Brittany is Braiden’s “wife,” and she has to win. For those of you who don’t know, Braiden gave Brittany diamonds last year, and they got married in Vegas… Just ask her she will tell you. She and I were talking about it before second round. She is one of the people who I really enjoy talking with. We rolled up, and the car made a good pass. She beat me and that ended my day. I am beyond blessed to have my team, husband and my sponsors… Let me reiterate how amazing they are! Thank you to Patriot Grading, Dipinto international, Clevite, Dj Safety, All Floors & More, Dunn & Rich Investments, Nitro A GoGo, Gilbert Trucking and One Diamond for everything they have done for us!

Even though our race day was done, our day was just getting started! We had to get everything packed up and get to the airport. We just barely made our flights! Disneyworld, here we come… My parents, the kids, Terry and I had a great week! We had so much fun! We then flew back to Colorado to pick up my car and headed to Washington. As our time was coming to an end as a complete family you could see all of us realize how much we would miss being together. So as our last hurrah we took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge… the waterpark is always so much fun. We then got to the track and business started. I took Kailen over to see his papa because I knew he missed him. We had a great talk, then it was time to start working.

The Seattle race is always a great time because we are used to being there. We spend so much time in Seattle it really is our second home. I made the first pass on Friday and was in the top 12. We knew it wouldn’t stay, but we had already made the decision that Terry should run the second session for two reasons… One I don’t have the experience going into the sun. I tried several times and days to see if I could see and we felt it was better to let him run. Two we didn’t think I would be ready to run fast enough to get in the top 12. So it was Funny Car time! And Boom…. 4.19 career best…We were so excited! We have been waiting for the “teen” number for a long time! We both qualified, which made us so happy and excited. Sunday morning was a whirlwind… I made it to driver intros just in time to down my Mello Yello and walk out, then I raced back to make sure the car was ready. I lost first round … it made me sad my day was over early, but I had such a great month there was no way to have asked for a better July-Aug. Terry also lost first round. So then we just packed up and tried to spend time with Kailen. We knew we were having to return him at the end of the day, and it was so sad. We miss him so much and wish we could see him.

We flew home for a week or so and then we came back and picked up the truck and headed over to Spokane. We had such a great time. The fans were awesome, and they have made so many upgrades since the last time Terry had been there. I ran 4.98 to the quarter-mile, but I was off the gas right at the 1,000-foot marker. I was a little concerned since smaller tracks don’t have the automatic shutoffs, I didn’t want to be late on the chutes. I was told that it was the first 4-second run at that track. The track told us there had been one other run many years ago but that there was something messed up with the clocks. However, if someone ran in the 4s I don’t want to take that away from them… I am just happy I did my job. Terry’s car ran 5.65. He was off way early because the car was drifting, plus he said he couldn’t outrun me and ruin my day.

Now we are home and getting ready for the last few events of the year. We are so excited! Dallas is our next national event. We haven’t been able to qualify the Funny Car at that track, so that is our goal… We want to race on Sunday at our home track. We are also going to stay on Monday so I can get some more laps. We know that Pomona will be very fast, and we need to make me ready for it. Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, and we will see you soon!

Houston and a Top Fuel LicenseSaturday, May 10, 2014
Posted by: Jenna Haddock
Well hello! Hope everyone is having as great of a month as I have been having. We have been really busy in the shop and things are really starting to look up for us. We are still working on finalizing our sponsor, and that is why it has not been announced just yet. We are hoping in the coming weeks everything will finally be done and when it is it’s going to be big! (Or at least its how we feel)
For the weeks leading up to Houston, we all worked our tails off, and it feels like we have been running at full speed. No down time… We added a new member to our team: Scott French. He is helping with the consistency in our clutch program. It seems like we have a very good engine program, and our clutch has been where we have been lacking. He has a lot of experience and is very meticulous, which is something we need. We feel like we are moving forward in every direction and are really looking forward to the future.
Let’s talk about Houston… We worked right up until it was time to leave. Luckily this race is close to us, and we left a little later than we would have liked, but it’s so close it didn’t matter. Friday Q1 we thought we were ready, and the car shook. It shook hard! Then on Q2 it went down there… not fast but it went. I believe we went 4.47… When we got back to the pit, we knew something was wrong, and unfortunately, it had a parts failure and hurt our new block. We weren’t in the top 12, but we knew we were heading in the right direction. Q3 it went out and ran 4.38 It wasn’t the fastest, but it put us in the #14 spot. Then on Q4, it decided to carry the front, which made it very hard to drive. It got out of the groove and was all over the place. However, our 4.38 kept us in the show. We even got an interview with Jamie at the top end. Super excited and proud of our guys. Going into eliminations we knew we needed to stand on it. We had Beckman first round. After we stripped the blower before round one, we thought it was going to be our day to win a round. The car was on a run and doing great and then the blower snout broke. Unfortunately because we are not highly funded the harder we run the car the more it shows which pieces are the weakest links. It wasn’t our day, but we were happy with our performance at home. 
We can’t thank the people enough that keep us going. We are really looking forward to the future with the new sponsor, but the people who have been with us when it’s good and when its bad are what keep us going. There were some concerns from our sponsors that when Terry announces this deal that they would lose their spot, and that will never happen. Not only will they stay on the car, but they will also be added to my car at its first race.
Speaking of first races… I am so excited to finally say that I am a licensed Top Fuel driver. It has been a long time coming. I was ecstatic when Brad Littlefield called and wanted to speak to me. Terry stood next to me to make sure I said everything I was supposed to. For those who don’t know, Monday after the race we stayed and made three runs to complete my license. It was amazing. I have the greatest group of guys working on my car. They really want to do well and keep me safe. It is looking more and more every day that my first event will be the Denver race. I also plan on running Seattle. If all goes well we will run Pomona at the end, but that one is still up in the air. Many people have asked if Terry is going to lose his driving job, and I ensure you that he will not. He is why we do this, and even if it never becomes full time for me, I want him to have the chance at doing it the right way. He has waited a very long time I feel like he has paid his dues, and it’s important that he gets to do this. For many people they have the passion for racing but not always the determination to keep going. I am always proud of him for fighting for the things he loves most. Between racing and making the time to see Kailen I couldn’t ask for a more determined person.
As the years go on they seem to be going faster and faster. Kailen is getting ready for a concert at school. They are singing songs from The Sound of Music. One of the days he was playing the triangle, but I am not sure he gets to play it at the concert. Terry can’t wait to see him. Along with his concert he has told us he is training for a 5K, which I think is awesome for him. He says it’s not his favorite activity, but he gets to do it with his mom, which makes her happy. As far as running is concerned, Kailen and I have been working out my costume for the Avengers half marathon that I am doing in November, and I think we have agreed to green, black and silver with a tutu and a cape. I am sure there will be many interesting costumes, and I can only be glad that both of our boys are trying to add input on what they think it should be. Braiden has been so busy with t-ball. He is on the Yankees, and the coach says he is a star player. I think at 5 if they learn the basics we are doing well. We are now getting ready for his pre-kindergarten graduation. It is so cute, they have caps and gowns and will be in an auditorium. It’s a big deal around here. Braiden is also getting ready to welcome his new sister. She will be here in June. His dad and step mom are super excited, and they are trying to keep B involved, which I think is great. He is very protective over her already and she is not even here yet. 
We also welcomed a new member to our family. My brother and sister-in-law have a happy and healthy baby girl. It is all very exciting. We couldn’t be happier for them and everyone else we know that is having a baby. Just the other morning the announcement came that Eric (Hopsing) and Kelly Lane have welcomed a baby girl into their family. This is important to us seeing that our full-time guy is Kelly’s brother and we are really good friends with them. A lot of babies coming into this world….
Our next race will be Englishtown. As most of you know that is Terry’s home track and where he grew up. We are looking forward to going there and doing well. Terry and I always laugh because I love when we go back there. His voice changes and all his hometown people come by and say hello. I am not sure if we are going to NYC or to the shore, but I think the shore may be the option for this year. We always stay a day to hang out. 
This weekend is Mother’s Day. I wish we would have both boys, but Kailen will be with his mom. He did tell Terry that he is working on a gift for me, which means a lot. Terry said I will love it. I got one from Braiden this afternoon. It’s his favorite color (green)… My mom and I are going to the ballet, which is something we always do as a mother-daughter outing. This year we are adding my sister-in-law and her mother. Then I believe Terry has something up his sleeve, but he won’t tell me. That is the worst… So Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and I hope you have a great day! 
A really great monthTuesday, April 15, 2014
Posted by: Jenna Haddock

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I have been having such a great month I figured I would sit down and write my blog. So the last time I wrote I was just arriving to the Phoenix race. That race didn’t go the way we were hoping but it is a learning process. When my dad had his heart attack we weren’t as focused on the car as we should have been and we just kept having problems. It was like no matter what we did we just kept having mistakes. Since then it has been crazy busy. All of our guys try so hard and if one guy isn’t there or at full capacity the team suffers.

We were originally going to be announcing a major sponsor prior to the Houston race. However, because we couldn’t get everything completed to be at the level with Schumacher and the other high profile teams we have chosen to hold off. You can’t imagine how hard it is to get all of the items completed and hire people.

We have officially hired one of our guys as a full-time employee. This is a big step for us. We are ready to move forward and we felt what better way than taking one of the guys who has been with us for three seasons and give him the opportunity. Jeremy has been there for us when things were bad and now that they are good so we are happy to have him. Now it’s just time management. We are not use to having people in our shop and we want to make sure we utilize him to the fullest. I believe that our team will be able to be more consistent and do a better job.

So in the last few weeks I have been busy personally. I turned 30 on the first of the month and while most people run from getting older I am embracing it. I am sure that will stop at some point. Terry and I went to see Kailen that week and had a great time. We went roller skating which he is learning so well. He still falls but so does everyone else. We also went to this place called Elevated Sports and jumped on all these trampolines. We miss him so much when we are not altogether. We will be going to see him for Easter. We are looking forward to that so we can all be together. Because of the distance and the expense it is not all that often that we all get to go.

Since I turned 30 I figured it was time to start getting in shape. There is a group of NHRA women including wives, mothers, sisters that are going to run a half marathon at Disneyland at the Pomona Finals weekend. I have never run long distances and it would not be something I would normally pick. However, Terry and I talked about it and we decided that it’s time for us to make a change. We have been eating better for 6 months and while we feel better we know we need to do more. Now along with this half marathon there is a chance I will have a sponsor for that event. It will make for a long weekend but I am excited to do this with an amazing group of women including my mother. Side note we are dressing up as superheroes because it is the Disney Avengers race. Braiden wants me to have a cape and I believe I will have a tutu too! It will be fun!

Speaking of Braiden he turned 5!!!! That is just crazy to me. I can’t believe I have been a mom for 5 years and how he has changed from when he was born to how he is now. He has such an amazing personality and is very athletic. I feel like he is a bull in a china shop most of the time and then he will come over and cuddle on the couch! He is playing t-ball again and is just getting started for the season. I can’t believe how often they practice! He is doing really well. They have him on the pitcher’s mound which is funny since they hit off a T.

In the shop we have been putting out blocks left and right. Needless to say the shop is moving forward. We have also been working very hard on our car. We have purchased a Toyota body. We are hoping it will help us be more competitive. Our Dodge is very heavy and when I say very heavy I mean it weighs 325 pounds. It is said that for every 100 pounds taken off the car it helps by a tenth of a second. So our 4.21 in Pomona could have been a mid to high teen depending on what the weight comes in at on the new body. It will be painted black for the Houston event and hopefully will be full of color by the next race! Well see everyone in less than two weeks! We are finally finishing my license the Monday after the Houston event… WOOHOO! Have a great week and see you soon!

2014 here we come!Thursday, February 20, 2014
Posted by: Jenna Haddock

So it has been forever since I wrote a blog, and I am finally finishing one before we leave for Phoenix. I am determined to get this finished. I have written this blog a total of 5 times now, and I think maybe just maybe I will finish it up.

Because I am sure you want to hear about the racing over what we did with our off season, I will start with Pomona. It was FANTASTIC… while many may say that it wasn’t successful because we ended up 17th, I will have to disagree with you. For Pomona they implemented a new format for qualifying, which makes it the same as all of the other races. I thought for sure since we are a part-time team and we had been off for three months this would make it harder for us to make the turn around. I felt like we went to Pomona very prepared and we were ready to move forward even though we had many different problems. This weekend was our best run in many years! And we are only getting started. I know that this year is going to push to a whole new level, and I can’t wait to see what will come of it.

On Friday we broke a rocker arm, which could have been really bad. but luckily someone was looking out for us and it threw the belt off. too. Then on Saturday Q3 at the hit of the throttle the parachutes deployed. From what we could see somehow the chute pack bounced out of the holder on the body, and it just pulled it out. We have been recording our runs, and that’s what it looked like. So we were flying a little blind into the last qualifying session. So on Q4 we thought we were ready and the car looked amazing! We run 4.21! Woohoo… we thought it was going to be a teen, and it should have been. When we went back to the pit we saw that it had popped the burst panel. Then we looked at the computer data, and it showed it stopped early. From what we can see, it was going to be a 4.14 or 4.15. We know we didn’t qualify, but we were still on top of the world! I believe that our team is moving forward, and they are ready to show what we really have.

So now we are getting ready for Phoenix. It’s going to be a great weekend! Well I know that there are some rumors buzzing that we have a new sponsor, and while some people have made some assumptions, we want you to know that it is true. We will be announcing a new sponsor in the coming weeks. We are so excited. We know that it has taken a lot longer than I thought, and I am sorry for keeping you guys in the dark. This is the first deal that Terry and I have done together, and we are looking forward to announcing it. It will be amazing to be able to race like the other teams. We feel we owe it to the people who have kept us going for so long to give them the first two races. Now these people aren’t going anywhere and you may even see them end up on my car later this season. We can’t thank Patriot Grading, NYT trucking, Dipinto International, Miller welders, Acme Refining, Clevite, DJ Safety and Sanders for helping us and keeping our dreams alive. We can’t wait to do them all proud.

It looks like our next race will be the Houston event. We are looking at skipping Vegas. I know that sounds really weird. We have only missed one Vegas in all the time Terry and I have been together. So it looks like we will have to do something else for my birthday. Although I think we may still end up going to Vegas just as spectators. However, when we have done that in the past it always ends up bad. But at least if we are in Vegas there is more to do then just be at the track.

Now let’s backtrack over the last three months. So there have been some good things happening and there have been some bad. We ended the season we ended on a positive note, and we worked really hard to make sure that we didn’t go backwards. We did a lot of maintenance to the car, and I feel like it really showed in our performance and appearance at Pomona. This year we didn’t have either of the kids for Thanksgiving, so Terry and I decided that we would use these vouchers for a cruise that I had won. This was not the best trip we have ever been on, but we did get to spend quality time together just us. When we got back we focused on our business and tried really hard to catch up on all of our customers’ work so that we could start fresh this year with no one mad at us. It is hard to balance the business and the racing, and they go hand in hand. I think it would be easier if it was just the racing and the business, but as most of you know, Terry’s son lives in Seattle, and we are still going there two times a month to get our time with him. Then there is my son, who goes and sees his dad every other weekend. It’s like there are four separate schedules that we are trying to balance along with times for ourselves. Most of the time we do a pretty good job at keeping it all straight, but there are times that I could pull my hair out trying to mesh everyone’s requests.

Moving on… for Christmas we were able to have McKailen from the day after he got out of school until the day before school started. We had so much fun. It was the first time that he was there for Christmas Eve and was able to wake up in his bed and didn’t have to be on a plane all night. It was so awesome! I feel like we never really get in a pattern when we have him and this time was so different. My relationship has evolved with him, so it made it more fun and we are getting so close I feel like he finally understands that we are a family. I would do anything for that kid just like I know Terry would do the same for Braiden. We went to Nature and Lights the first day we had them together. We go every year. This year will stink because we won’t get to have him in Texas at all. The boys received so much for Christmas that we made sure that we donated all the toys they didn’t play with anymore to charities for kids who would be happy to have them. Braiden calls them “his baby toys.” I am glad they are learning to give to others. While Kailen was here, we went to San Antonio and went to Sea World. The shows are always the best part, and because it was winter, there were less people there.

While we had a great time with the boys we also had some very sad things happen. My grandmother fell and broke her hip. The problem with all of it is of course she is older. She had fallen in November and broke the first one. They went in and did surgery, and she did well. However, this time the break was in a worse place, and they didn’t think it was wise to operate. They wanted to wait a few weeks and see how she was feeling, and unfortunately she didn’t make the couple of weeks. She passed on January 2. I never thought it would happen as quickly as it did. She was 94 almost 95 and had a great life and now she has moved on. We are glad that she isn’t in pain anymore. Most people don’t know that both my grandparents were in the military and served for a long time. When my grandfather passed away in 2001 he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This is a great honor. My grandmother will also be buried there with him. We have been organizing it, and we finally have a date and will be the Monday after this race. Terry and I will fly out on Sunday in order to make the funeral Monday morning. We were really hoping that McKailen would be able to come with us because we are going to spend a couple of days in D.C. and he would learn so much. We were told no, so we will just have to wait and teach him all of it at a later date. It is amazing how many people are being buried there on a daily basis. I am proud to say that both my grandparents served and are heroes in my mind.

Now that I am past that topic. We also had a scare in Pomona. My dad came to the races with us, and Sunday night after the race he had a heart attack. We went to Pomona Valley Hospital, and they put a stent in. This, of course, was not in the plan of my Pomona week. We are glad he is doing better, but we will be missing him this weekend as my mom has put him on house arrest. With the race this weekend I have to miss my sister-in-law’s baby shower and that’s a bummer, but my mom is going with all my gifts. What can I say, it is the first girl granddaughter in our family, so we spoiled her a little. It seems like everyone is having babies right now, and a lot of them are girls. It’s so exciting!

Well the only thing left to talk about is this coming weekend. As I sit on the plane heading to Phoenix, I can’t contain my excitement, and the people around me probably think I’m weird. LOL Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are displaying our Patriot Grading Funny Car at the Air Force Base, and then we get to play in the flight simulators. I know it’s not the same as some of the other drivers who have been in the actual F16, but at least I don’t have to worry about passing out or throwing up. Or at least so I am told. One of the guys at the base is married to one of my best friends, and he wants me to beat Terry and shoot him down. Somehow I think I will lose, but we will see. After this weekend, my friends are moving to Japan for three years. I know they will have a great experience, but I still don’t want them to go. Hopefully when they come home they will get stationed back in Texas and I will be able to see my goddaughter more often. Her name is Payton, and she is 7 already. It’s crazy how fast all of our kids are growing up. Even fans who bring their kids year after year, it is amazing to see how much they are growing and are still interested in racing. Sorry this blog is so long I just wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything! Have a great week!

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