Month: June 2019

A NASCAR Historical Glimpse

It was December 1947 when Bill France Sr. organized a meeting in Daytona Beach to discuss NASCAR. This day can be considered as the birth of NASCAR. It was only a few months later that Red Byron wins the first NASCAR race in Daytona Beach. June of 1949 the “Strictly Stock” NASCAR race was held. This is what we know today as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. During this race, Sara Christians came in 14th, and she becomes the first female to take part in NASCAR’s premier division. A lot has changed since those days. Today there are 23 NASCAR race tracks in America. The sport remains driven by excitement and adrenaline pumped by the roars on the speedway.

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Since 1960 Atlanta is home to NASCAR. The speedway is like most others 1.5 miles long. Between 2009 and 2014 the road was host to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Labor Day Weekend. Due to the move in 2009 from hosting the event on Labor Day rather than in October meant that the race starting time also changed and it became the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series which was held under the lights of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Atlanta had it all, and other race tracks aspired to be just like Atlanta. It was all about the best racing hospitality, sightlines and smooth running.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Like everything else in or close to Vegas, this track delivers a great show. This track is host to a couple of NASCAR events annually. The highest lap record ever set on the track’s asphalt is 226.491 mph set by Arie Luyendyk during the 1996 IndyCar Series. The speedway had a long history before it was purchased in 1989 by the Imperial Palace’s Ralph Engelstad. It was renamed then to be called the Las Vegas Speedway. In 1996 Engelstad in conjunction with William Bennett of Sahara Hotel built a superspeedway on the same premises at the price of $72 million. In September that year, the first IndyCar event took place and later in November of the same year the first NASCAR Truck Series was hosted. In 1998 the track was sold for $215 million to the Speedway Motorsports group. Memorable moments include the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series when Kurt Busch tested a stock car on the surface.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The racing capital of the world. Home to the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400, the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series since 1994. This was also home to the United States Grand Prix up until about 2012. The track length is 2.5 miles long and was built in 1909. The stadium has a seating capacity of 257 325, which makes it the sports venue with the highest-capacity in the world. Some of the other records for this stadium includes Kevin Harvick with a record lap time for NASCAR at this track at 188.88mph in 2014.

Lake Powell, Water Sports Heaven – Man-made Wonder

Lake Powell is the second largest human-made reservoir in the United States. It is situated on the Colorado River and is bordering both Arizona and Utah. This lake attracts over two million visitors annually. It is a popular water sports destination. The lake, which is 300 kilometre in length, has a shoreline of 3 150 kilometres. Lake Powell is smaller than Lake Mead in capacity, yet it often exceeds Lake Mead. This is due to the high levels of water withdrawal from Lake Mead as well as regular droughts in the area.

History

Lake Powell was created when Glen Canyon was flooded from water in the Glen Canyon Dam. The reservoir was built in 1963. It is named after John Wesley Powell, an American Civil War veteran with only one arm. He explored the river in 1869 with nothing but three wooden boats. The reservoir was built as water storage to the Upper Basin states of the Colorado River. These include Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. In lesser amount water is also supplied to Arizona, California and Nevada.

Geological Importance

Over an estimated period of five million years, the Colorado River carved out Glen Canyon through the Colorado Plateau. The Plateau exists of many layers of different rock formations, some of which are more than 300 million years old. The sidewalls of the canyon are hence a showpiece of the geological wonder. It shows evidence of volcanic activity of ages ago. It is also displaying the geological history of the region with different formations visible to visitors.

Recreational Facility

Lake Powel is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and is managed by National Park services. So, their rules and regulations should be adhered to when visiting Lake Powell. The temperatures at Lake Powell often rise above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, swimming and other water sports are favourite activities.

Do to take note that there are no designated beaches for swimming at the reservoir. No lifeguards are on duty, so swimming is on own risk. Regulations also stipulate that no jumping off any object would be allowed. The lake has many other activities on offer, including kayaking, boating, and fishing. It is home to a large variety of fish types.

These include different bass types, common carp, Northern pikes and Sunfish and is, thus, a popular fishing destination. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the surrounding areas offer great camping sites. It has many roads for mountain biking trips. The Lake Powell shoreline is off limits for any vehicle, including mountain bikes.

The Park has no hiking trails which they maintain for hikers, but visitors are welcome to hike into the bare nature of non-developed areas. The scenery can also be explored by car on the Hole-in-the-Rock road or Burr Trail. Lake Powell is a human-made wonder surrounded by mysterious natural phenomena. It is offering visitors the opportunity to explore nature untouched.