Getty Images Rally Crew

August 22, 2007 | By Maxx Wolfson | Creative

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From L: John Harrelson, rusty Jarrett stand in, Chris graythen, Todd Warshaw, me, Justin Heiman and Jason Smith with towel. Picture by Jonathan Daniel

With the possibility of another day of rain on Tuesday, the Getty Images crew did the only two things we could think of to help get the track dry. We bought rain jackets and wore rally caps.

We felt with the combination of rally caps and rain jackets Mother Nature would finally let up on the rain that has poured down all over Michigan the last three days.

It worked.

But only after two postponements, one fog delay and an overtime, the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway finally ended and it was well worth the wait.

Not only did I finally get my first NASCAR race in I was able to get on pit row and shoot the pits throughout the race.

I have a new found respect for all the pit crew, fire crew, NASCAR Nextel officials, the photographers who are just a few feet away from grave danger and the drivers who risk their lives each time they get behind the wheel for the entertainment of their diehard fans.

And speaking of the fans, they were also pretty great at MIS.

After having to come to the track for three straight days in the cold rain, the fans finally got what they paid for or didn’t pay for. Admission for many race fans was free yesterday because the track couldn’t staff enough security to check tickets.

Not a bad deal for those NASCAR fans who stuck it out.

What the fans did get was a great race with the #2 car driven by Kurt Busch (who we saw at dinner just two nights before) getting the victory.

Our photographers captured some great shots of Busch, especially some our new staff photographer Chris Graythen captured from the flag stand.

So now for me and the rest of the “NASCAR Rally Crew” it’s on to the night race in Bristol, Tennessee – not Connecticut as Justin Heiman and I first thought.

As I check the weather report once again, it doesn’t look good.

Saturday night’s forecast has a 50% chance of thunderstorms and a high of 92 degrees.

Looks like those rain jackets might come in handy again.

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Chris Graythen/Getty Images

BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 21: Kurt Busch, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, does a victory burnout across the finish line after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series 3M Performance 400 at the Michigan International Speedway on August 21, 2007 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

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