Earlier today on the campaign trail, Vice President Joe Biden said, "I'd trade being vice-president in a heartbeat for having won Daytona." The comment was made to an owner of a stock car that won Daytona. Via the pool report:
The grill was sizzling when your pooler walked in. There were about 25 patrons inside and each of the booths were full. The old-fashioned lunch counter in the back was also full. It was an older crowd, most all over 60.
The walls were filled with pictures of their food plates, marked by number, homage to country crooner Chet Atkins and especially NASCAR memorabilia.
Stock car racing is popular in this part of Virginia as there's a well-known track in the nearest large town, Martinsville.
NASCAR is especially big at the Coffee Break Cafe because Glen Wood is a regular there. Wood is the owner of Wood Brothers Racing, a NASCAR team that won the Daytona 500 in 2011. To be clear for those who don't follow car racing: Wood himself, an elderly gentleman, didn't actually drive the car in the race. But he does own the car that won.
The vp was briefed on this fact and entered the cafe by booming: "I heard somebody in here won the Daytona!"
"Get out of the way man," Biden said good-naturedly to a photographer on the floor. "Get out of the way
"This guy did what I dreamed of, man," Biden said as he approached Wood. "I'd trade being vice-president in a heartbeat for having won Daytona."
Biden and Wood exchanged coins, Wood giving Biden a racing coin and Biden giving wood a vp challenge coin.
The vp shared that his first car was "a "51 Plymouth."