- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2008

During his stay in Phoenix for the Super Bowl, Sir Scribble thought the television being on the fritz for a few hours was a major malfunction at the junction.

How he was wrong.

Just when Sir Scribble got the Atlantic Ocean navigation down— when driving north, the water is on the right; when the driving south, water is on the left (a major problem during a trip to Miami/Fort Lauderdale in December) — the rental car breaks down.

No, really, it did.

The car started the day in Orlando, Fla., with less than 50 miles on the odometer. It ended the day on a flatbed tow truck, heading back to Orlando with transmission problems. That sent Sir Scribble to the Daytona airport for new transportation.

Back at the track, the Sprint Cup cars fired up for the first time since Sunday’s qualifying. as a NASCAR newbie, Sir Scribble was amazed by the resources put into running a single car in terms of equipment, number of people, etc., how short every driver not named Elliott Sadler is, how close fans can get to the team haulers (right to the front step) and the sheer noise a pack of 12 to 15 cars produces.

A quick call back to the District and Sir Scribble’s NASCAR expert confirmed the decision to buy earplugs. Sir Scribble will not be sitting in the media center when the Gatorade Duels are contested today.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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