15 May 2006

Shifting gears

We were out in the 'burbs (aka The Land of Make Believe) yesterday for Mother's Day, and as the afternoon wore down I found myself parked on the couch channel surfing to see if Kim's aunt had OLN. Along the way I flipped past ESPN2 and its coverage of the NHRA National last weekend in Atlanta ...

After subjecting the in-laws to the last 8km of the awesome Giro stage (at one point, the heart rate ticker showed one guy at 93% of his max going just 19kph!), I turned the remote over to my father-in-law, who promptly switched back to the drag racing. I started packing our stuff, not really paying attention until I heard something I couldn't quite grasp at first -- Marty Nothstein had just won his first NHRA National race!

Marty Nothstein? The "Blade?" WTF?

Sure enough, Nothstein has figured out how to shift gears (quite literally) just in time to take on his second season on the funny car circuit. They did an interview with him, and he's lost a lot of weight -- even more than before, he looks like an older version of Chris Mosk from The Pony Shop (Mosk is in the middle, white shirt). Seems he's doing OK for himself, except that he made it through qualifying only to have his team take off when the first drops of rain started falling ... without telling him! D'oh! When the track dried, he was left with a DNS ...

I just have one question -- he does know that "top fuel" means something different in motorsports, right?

ONLY 216 DAYS TO NATZ!!

2 comments:

David Johnsen said...

I wondered where Nothstein went after he tried domestic road racing for a few seasons. It's kind of funny to think how he has gone from biking in circles to driving in a straight line. And his first NHRA National victory was in the same city where he won his first Olympic medal ten years ago.

Chris said...

He's also very active at the Velodrome in PA -- he was put on staff as soon as he retired, not sure if he's still there. Director of program development or something like that.