SPARTA, Ky. - As the clouds rolled in over Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, tailgaters rolled in as well.
"We're getting ready to grill out… cornhole… probably go check out the t-shirts and then we'll go in to the race," said Terry Summers, who comes to the speedway every year. "The thrill of the sport… the speed, the sound."
Summers would be considered a normal tailgater.
Troy Hebner is NOT a normal tailgater. He's been coming to the speedway since the very first truck race a decade ago.
"We try to get to as many races as we can," Hebner said. We love NASCAR,"
How much does Troy love NASCAR?
"We went to Michigan one year and seen a bunch of buses and came back and bought it the next week."
"It" refers to the 88 Mountain Dew bus, an homage to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"It's been three different colors when Junior changes sponsors," Hebner said.
The decals are real. The sponsorships aren't, he jokes
"We're on a ghetto budget."
"It will do 100 rolling off a hill," said Ernie Ligon, the driver of the bus.
The bus sleeps seven, not comfortably.
"It's cramped quarters but we're not here to sleep we're here to party," Hebner adds.
It is air-conditioned and the platform makes for great infield viewing.
"Why be the same? You gotta be different," Hebner said.
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