An Ode to NASCAR for Poem in Your Pocket Day

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 26:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Tums Dual Action Chevrolet, leads the field to the green flag during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IApril 30, 2009

In New York City, today has officially been named "Poem In Your Pocket (PIYP) Day."  This is the seventh annual PIYP Day in celebration of National Poetry Month in April.

New York City urges everyone to share their inner poet and to carry a poem in your own pocket.  According to their PIYP website, "you can write your own poem or borrow one from your favorite poet; just make sure to share it with your friends, family and colleagues."

So, NASCAR friends, on this important day in the life of all race fans, I would like to share with you special NASCAR poem that I have written.  Feel free to print it out and carry it in your pocket.  And happiest of PIYP days to you!



By Mary Jo Buchanan

(copyrighted 5/25/05)


May the track rise up to meet you

May every lap be caution free.

May you never hang a lug nut

Or having a speeding penalty.


May the track be ready and fast

And your fuel cell always full.

May you never be tight or wicked loose

Or have your car push or pull.


May you always go green, green, green

With no rain and only sun.

May you keep all four tires on the track

And never be in the Big One!


May you never lose the draft

Or your drafting partner friend.

And may you see that checkered flag

When the race is at the end.


May your heart race when engines roar

And your love of racing never wane.

May we meet again around the turn

That ends in Victory Lane!

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