With the NMRA finals taking place the last weekend of September, attending the Bowling Green race was the fur-thest thought from his mind. However, Michael's buddies at the firehouse knew about his racing endeavors and insisted he attend the finals. They would cover for him so he could go-and he's glad he went. "The Bowling Green race was the most fun I've ever had," Michael says. He was even chosen to raise the flag prior to eliminations, for which he was honored and thankful to the NMRA for its remembrance of September 11.
Though he didn't win the Bowling Green finals, Michael did get his first win at the NMRA's '02 opener at Bradenton. It's interesting how it all played out because he was unchallenged in the final. We all watched his fire-engine-red Mustang go down the track, with just the sound of Michael bangin' gears. Kinda fitting, don't you think? 5.0