Sun shines on NASCAR Sunday


by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on March 2, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 6:43 PM

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- It was NASCAR Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway and Jim Price was thankful the sky cleared up.

“Nice weather, beautiful weather," said the NASCAR fan, who was dressed to a "T" in racer gear.

Rain, rain went away for a perfect 1 p.m. start, and while fans waited, they got to meet Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon.

“I love racing," she said. "When I'm not at the track, I'm planted on my couch watching the race.”

As Miss Sprint Cup, Coon's job is to serve as an inside source for the fans.

“We're getting the inside scoop, pictures, interviews that fans aren't going to find anywhere else," she said.

Meanwhile, the pit crews were rolling out tires and setting up shop.

Cruz Gonzalez was the "gas man" for the Quicken Loans No. 31 car driven by Ryan Newman.

“We're trying to put as much fuel into the car as we can in an 11-second pit stop, and hopefully we'll get it full because that's pretty much all we get paid to be here for,” Gonzalez said.

The legendary Bobby Allison also paid a special visit to Sunday's race. Allison has captured numerous checkered flags and is ranked one of the top 50 NASCAR drivers.

He told 3 TV he didn't have a favorite driver in Sunday's race, but then laughed and admitted he just didn't want to upset anyone.

He offered some advice for kids hoping to become professional race car drivers.

“Concentrate on what you want to do and learn the rules and regulations," Allison said. "Work hard and keep the faith, because only one guy wins."