Next time you’re having a bad day, think about Paul Stone.
From Winton, Calif., Stone and his wife Jill were enroute to Boone Speedway with both his and Bobby Hogge IV’s Modified in the trailer.
What happened next can be summed up with these words of advice from Stone: “If you’re going to break down, don’t do it on a Saturday night before a holiday.”
After the trailer broke down on Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Stone had to wait until parts stores opened up on Tuesday morning, then had to build and replace an axle.
The Stones resumed the trek to Boone, slowed again by a flat tire in Wyoming and made even more memorable by which state they were traveling through at sunrise or sunset before getting to the track late Wednesday.
After unloading and getting both cars to tech, a quick call was made to Lee Chase to get the graphics done on the Stone ride.
Stone was operating on 42 straight hours of no sleep before starting the 29th heat race. The story would be better if he and Hogge, who was in the 30th heat, had better finishes but that was not the case.
“The heat was terrible,” said Stone, who could still manage a smile. “We’re hoping for better things on Thursday.”
One more travel tidbit from Stone: It is exactly 1,998 miles from his home to Boone Speedway.
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