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NASCAR Express 2013 Part 3



by Chris Guenzler



Car 15 driven by Clint Boyer.





Car 1 driven by Jamie McMurray.





Car 42 driven by Juan Montoya and Car 20 driven by Matt Kenseth.





Car 99 was driven by Carl Edwards.





Car 29 was driven by Kevin Harvick.





Car 11 was driven by Denny Hamlin.





Car 52 was driven by Paulie Harraka.





Car 2 was driven by Brad Kesselowski.





Car 31 was driven by Jeff Burton was driven by and Car 43 was driven by Aric Almirola.





Car 16 was driven by Greg Biffle.





Car 48 was driven by Jimmie Johnson.





Car 56 was driven by Martin Truex Jr.





Car 5 was driven by Kasey Kahne.





Car 18 was driven by Kyle Busch.





Car 88 was driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.





Car 14 was driven by Tony Stewart.





Car 27 was driven by Paul Menard.





Car 13 was driven by Casey Mears.





Car 55 was driven by Brian Vickers.





Car 22 was driven by Joey Logano.





Car 39 was driven by Ryan Newman.





Car 32 was driven by Terry Labonte.





Car 93 was driven by Travis Kvapil.





Car 38 was driven by David Gilliland.





Car 83 was driven by David Reutimann.





Car 34 was driven by David Ragan.





Car 17 was driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.





Car 7 was driven by Robby Gordon.





Car 35 was driven by Josh Wise.





Car 30 was driven by David Stremme.





Car 10 was driven by Danica Patrick.





Car 24 was driven by Jeff Gordon.





Car 19 was driven by Mike Bliss.





Car 36 was driven by Victor Gonzalez Jr.





I hoped the weather would not delay the race at all.





The pack coming down the back straight away.





The green flag is out, so the racing can begin again.





Another wreck will slow the race again so we had six seconds of green flag running.





Car 38 was driven by David Gilliland is the first to go by our next yellow flag.





The crews are out at the wreck site.





Car 9 driven by Marcos Ambrose came into pit road while Car 2 driven by Brad Keselowski and Car 43 driven by Aric Almirola stayed out on the track.





Car 1 driven by Jamie McMurray came into pit road while Car 5 driven by Kasey Kahne stayed on the race track.





Car 20 driven by Matt Kenseth came into pit road while Car 16 driven by Greg Biffle and Car 55 driven by Brian Vickers stayed out on the race track.





Car 29 driven by Kevin Harvick came into pit road and Car 88 driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. stayed out on the track.





Car 42 driven by Juan Montoya is having a pit stop while Car 93 driven by Travis Kvapil and Car 22 driven by Joey Logano stayed out on the track.





Car 42 leaves the pit stop while Car 24 driven by Jeff Gordon was rolling down pit row.





The two trucks remove the latest accident car from the track Car 19 that had been driven by Mike Bliss.





Another green flag returns us to racing.





The race is back on.





Car 78 driven by Kurt Busch is rolling down pit row.





Car 10 driven by Danica Patrick is rolling down the track.





Our friend is back in the pit row and his engine is now exposed to the air.





Car 10 driven by Danica Patrick is rolling down pit road.





The next green flag of the race.





Car 10 driven by Danica Patrick is rolling down pit road. We had another yellow flag for another spin out and grass fire.





Another restart with the green flag.





Another accident right in front of the main grand stand.





Later another green flag and back to racing.





Car 22 driven by Joey Logano on Lap 73 of this race.





Car 88 and Car 24 on Lap 73.





Car 20 and Car 5 on Lap 73.





Car 55 on Lap 73.





Car 48 and Car 32 came racing by the main grand stand.





Car 93 and Car 27 came racing by the main grand stand.





Cars 15, 55 and 13 came racing by the main grand stand on Lap 74.





Cars 29, 18 and 9 came racing by the main grand stand.





Cars 39 and 31 came racing by the main grand stand.





Cars 83, 38 and 30 came racing by the main grand stand.





Cars 33, 11, 34, 43 and 10 came racing by the main grand stand. We then had another yellow flag.





Car 18 is on pit row.







The green flag is out and racing begins again.





Car 1 is at the back of the racing pack.







The sky turns darker as the racers come out of the "S" curves on this unique track.





Car 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. is leading the race on Lap 91.





Car 2 driven by Brad Keselowski is in second place on Lap 91. 19 laps in the race to go.





Car 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. is leading the race on Lap 99.





Car 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. is leading the race on Lap 100.





Car 52 driven by Paulie Harraka is on Lap 101.





Car 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. has a five second lead as he goes for the checker flag.





Car 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. gets the white flag one more lap to go.





Car 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. gets the checker flag, wins the race and snapped a 218-race winless streak today at the Sonoma Raceway.





Danica Patrick finished the race. After the race our directions were to walk along the track to the Sonoma Raceway emblems on the inside of Turn 11.





We all met there and then we were led back to the train.

NASCAR Express 2013 Amtrak 988 East.

I boarded the train and relaxed talking with several other guests and train crew. The trip had been a major success and should be repeated in the future.





We came back into Suisan-Fairfield but had to wait for the switch to the Union Pacific mainline to be thrown.





The old Southern Pacific passenger car at Suisan Fairfield. After a double passenger stop there we went back to Davis and then onto Sacramento arriving there at 7:05 PM. Special thanks to Amtrak, Union Pacific, California Northern and the Northwestern Pacific railroads for today's trip over their railroad and to all the Sonoma Raceway volunteers who all made this trip possible. I returned to the Vagabond Inn and labeled all my pictures for this story before calling it a night.

On the way home 6/24/2013

I got up early worked on the story before checking out and walking back over to the Amtrak station and the long walk to San Joaquin 702 for Bakersfield where I would work on the story as long as I could. I finished up this story so far just north of Wasco. I relaxed the rest of the way to Bakersfield. I boarded the Thruway Bus for LAUPT and then took Metrolink 684 which arrived late into LAUPT today home to Santa Ana ending an excellent trip aboard the very first ever NASCAR Express. Home for 30 minutes then off to the Train Travel Group Meeting in Fullerton this evening.

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