Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

The NASCAR Acceleration Nation app makes races even more exciting!

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Me and Aiden at Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR Acceleration Nation

I have a lot of fond memories from our time living in Upper East Tennessee. One of the best memories is the opportunities we had to attend NASCAR related festivities and races. Needless to say, living in the shadow of Bristol, the fastest half mile in the world, we had a pretty big NASCAR fan while we lived there.

Aiden in front of Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR Acceleration Nation

Now NASCAR has created something I wish was around when we lived in the Tri-Cities: NASCAR Acceleration Nation! Available on Android, iPhone (click here to download), and the web, NASCAR Acceleration Nation has all kinds of great stuff for kids, including information about upcoming races, driver details, fun games, and learning materials about the science of racing!  Continue reading The NASCAR Acceleration Nation app makes races even more exciting!

It’s turning out to be a good day

It’s turning out to be a pretty good day. It seems that CART and IRL are finally coming together to form a single open-wheel series. Re-unification is just around the corner. And it’s about time! This little rift between the open-wheel teams has allowed NASCAR to soar to new heights, even though open-wheel is faster, has had many close finishes, and the crashes are much more spectacular.

And now I’ve heard rumors that the Big(11)Ten Network and Comcast are close to getting a deal done. I’m not sure if IU has any more games on said network the rest of the season, but it’s still positive movement, which is positive news.

Now, all we need is for IU to run Purdue out of the building tonight. Although I think it’s highly unlikely, it would still be good news for me.

This one’s for Aunt Liz

It’s the end of March.  That means NASCAR is in town again.  Even though we aren’t going to the race this year (unless tickets magically appear), I still took the kids to enjoy some of the fun.  liztodd will be so proud!  So, here’s pictures from Fan Days…

The Kingsford Charcoal car was a new addition this year.  They had burgers available – cooked over charcoal…obviously.  They also had some honey baked beans.  I convinced Aly to try them and she loved them!  One more thing to add to the list of things she likes!
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Santa Claus Portrait

I can’t sleep, so I figured I’d post something. This is a drawing of St. Nick by Aiden. I think it’s the first drawing he’s made of that mystical man.

He couldn’t get white to show up on the paper, so he used grey instead. I told him how to spell “Ho Ho Ho,” but that’s his handwriting.

We went to the Christmas lights display at Bristol Motor Speedway tonight. It wasn’t raining this time, so we got out in the infield. In a rather surreal moment, we roasted marshmallows (a buck bought 5 marshmallows and a roasting stick – not a bad deal) in the middle of a NASCAR racetrack. Then, Grandma Rose and Aly rode a merrry-go-round in 35 degree weather! Aiden went on a different ride…one that wasn’t as windy! It was like a mini-county fair in the middle of winter. How odd.


When living in Tennessee, you keep know what’s going on in the world of NASCAR, whether you like it or not. That being said, this weekend is apparently the final race of the NASCAR season. In honor of that event, I’ve decided to post some pictures from my trip with Aiden to the Sharpie 250 at the Bristol Motor Speedway this past April.