The finish line may finally be in sight Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway | Matt Weaver

HAMPTON, GA – Ordinarily, an off day for rain before a Sprint Cup race means a chance to explore the local social scene.


This weekend has been so extraordinary that it’s defied every single trend imaginable

Assuming that we get the Advocare 500 in tomorrow, that race will be the first Tuesday Cup race since the 2007 fall race at Michigan. Kurt Busch won that event.

Usually, media types like to find restaurants and establishments in which to enjoy their days off days but the inconvenience of Labor Day racked many of my contemporaries’ plans.

SB Nation’s Jeff Gluck decided to fly back home and return his rental car. Unfortunately for him and his significant other, the dealership was not open 24/7.

Bob Pockrass of Scene Daily on his Twitter account: “Decisions, decisions. Scrounge up change to do laundry in hotel laundry machine or just take trash can and soap and go outside in the rain?”

As for me, I have friends and family in the greater Atlanta area. I visited with my aunt and uncle and my four awesome cousins before hitting up an old neighbor who had moved away from Mobile to nearby Newnan, Ga.

I had planned to get an oil change on Monday but you guessed it — closed for Labor Day.

It wasn’t anyone’s intention to stay in Hampton for six-plus days so a lot like Pockrass, I had only packed for two. A laundromat was more than necessary if I was to look somewhat presentable for the media center on Tuesday and luckily, coin laundromats don’t take the holidays off.

Most of the drivers have the privilege of flying back home to Charlotte for the holidays on Sunday and returned on Monday night.

The pieces are in place and the stage is set for Tuesay’s race. Now if only we can get some help from Mother Nature…