Atlas Insider: NASCAR Edition
So there’s a thing when you have a warehouse in an industrial area. Sometimes you need to borrow a forklift. Sometimes you ask your neighbor if they know somebody with a bucket of black paint to come paint a wall in a hurry. It’s a cup of sugar, basically, only without the baking part.
Last week, our neighbor here on Atlas Drive asked if he could park a trailer in our parking lot for a bit. Being extremely interested in being good neighbors, we instantly said yes.
On Wednesday, we noticed this:
The trailer, turns out, is an 18 wheeler containing a NASCAR racing vehicle.
We stopped our industrious MDK work for a minute to watch this temporary new visitor come through the gate.
You’d think our gate was plenty wide for a semi trailer. You’d be wrong.
We all pretty much ditched work to see how this drama was going to play out.
Attempt No. 1: Back It In
Immediately, Hannah and Ashley hunkered down by the front door, started yelling “NOSE FIRST. NOSE FIRST.”
It was basically a failed 20-point turn, the problems being the relatively narrow gate opening, the narrowness of Atlas Drive, two ditches on either side of the gate, and a trailer that seemed to grow in size by the minute. I swear it was getting bigger as we watched.
The backing-in attempts continued for a solid half hour. Multiple guys took on the monback duties. A fair amount of hand gestures, scowls, walking back and forth, conferences with the driver.
At one point, with traffic backed up both ways on Atlas Drive, the effort was abandoned so that all the other semi trucks could pass by.
Attempt No. 2: Nose First
Universal cheering erupted when it became clear that front-in was under way. “NOSE FIRST. NOSE FIRST.”
“DON’T HIT THE YARN SHOP.”
Again, it was probably 15 back and forths to get things aligned, but the geometry started to work, and in slid our new friend.
“DON’T HIT ANN’S CAR.”
They borrowed a forklift to get our dumpsters out of the way. They got the cab out of the parking lot due to iron will and very likely extreme fatigue about the whole thing.
As we watched all this, we researched exactly who No. 25 is in NASCAR racing is. Turns out, this is NASCAR Truck Series racing.
No. 25 is Matt DiBenedetto. We are suddenly huge Matt DiBenedetto fans.
Rackley Roofing, completely coincidentally and I’m not even joking, is the official roofing company of MDK. They did excellent work getting rid of the bird problem that we had a while back. Who knew they were racing trucks all over the Nashville Superspeedway?
Needless to say, we are contemplating our first NASCAR sponsorship opportunity.
If you’re coming to Nashville for our Natalie Chanin talk/book signing/Alabama Chanin trunk show/yarn shopping event on Friday, January 20, you might have the chance to see our visiting trailer in person. We don’t want to overpromise, of course. But if you haven’t got your ticket yet, now’s a good time to get one right here. It’s going to be big fun even if we aren’t racing pickup trucks around the parking lot.
Plus: A Giveaway!
We have a zippy little MDK pouch to give away this week, filled with an MDK surprise for you.
How to enter? Two steps:
Step 1: Sign up for MDK emails, right here. If you’re already signed up, you’re all set. We have a new option for texting, so when you sign up for those, you’ll get a coupon code good for 10% off your next MDK order.
Step 2: What’s been your most challenging driving experience? Let us know in the comments.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, January 15, 2023, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.