It was an extra early morning flight from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Minneapolis.
We were able to see the sunrise all the way.
This is half of the "Twin Cities", St. Paul.
This is the other half.....Minneapolis.
Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes.
I've started renting SUVs lately.
There's no gas cap with my rental car!
My home away from home in Minneapolis.
Off I go on another trackchasing adventure.
Corn and more corn!
My drive would take me from Minneapolis south into Iowa.
The area has a good-sized Amish population.
What a float!
This is Decorah, Iowa.
It won't be long before I reach today's destination: West Union, Iowa.
Looks like a fire destroyed this place, although the cows are still there!
Welcome to West Union!
This is the childhood home of LaVerle Dake.
I took more photos than usual in the hopes that LaVerle would recognise some of her hometown.
Downtown West Union.
Some of these houses have been here a long time.
Welcome to the Fayette County Fairgrounds!
Let's tour the livestock barns.
A great way to grow up.
It's the county fair queen contest.
A large crowd enjoyed the festivities.
Now it was time to think racing.
The fairgrounds features an old-time covered grandstand.
I went with the ribeye steak sandwich.
It was good!
The panoramic view of the Fayette County Speedway.
Here the modifieds race out of turn four.
Checkered flag waves while another competitor clears the scales.
The support poles in the grandstand blocked some of the view.
It was a clear but hot and humid evening.
The late models are one of my favorite classes in all of racing.
The wide track allows racing in multiple grooves.
The racing at the Fayette County Speedway was the best I've seen so far in 2011.