Recently, I had the good fortune to be invited by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to cover their fundraising fishing tournament, Hot Rods and Reels, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway during the NASCAR Championship weekend. Accompanying me as a Photographer was my son Eric, who is a race fan but had yet to attend a live race. We arrived at the track early Saturday morning and received our credentials and inside we went.
It was a beautiful
morning and a perfect day for fishing. At lakeside, the boats were already
lined up while anglers and guides registered and began talking strategy. The
event pairs NASCAR Drivers with anglers to fish for the largest total weight of
largemouth and peacock bass. Soon, the drivers began arriving. Tony Stewart,
Ryan Newman, Richard Childress, Clint Bowyer, Kenny Schrader, and Kerry
Earnhardt, among others, showed up to fish. Florida
Eric and I were able to interview several of the drivers and guides before the event started, and they were all there to win as a matter of pride. We followed the boats and there were many fish caught, including a catfish caught by Kenny Schrader that Clint Bowyer jokingly insisted was an illegal fish. Everyone had a great time, but in the end there could only be one winner.
|The winners from left to right, Jason Young, Kerry Earnhardt, Terri Knight and guest|
|Talking fishing with Kerry|