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Daytona 500

Posted on: February 16, 2009 11:38 am
 

Well, that stunk.  The actual race did not stink, don't get me wrong. The actual racing was great when they got to race.  The way that it ended under caution in the rain stunk.  Chris Myers as usual knows nothing about NASCAR.  He said that they could continue racing under the rain. He is still an idiot.  This is the same guy who messed up the Ian Johnson proposal, don't forget.  Anyways, back to the race.  Matt Kenseth made a great move to avoid the wreck that June Bug, that's Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Brian Vickers started. Both are probably to blame in it.  He also got help from Kevin Harvick. Kevin returning the favor, as he put it, from two years ago.  NASCAR really had no choice but to call it.  The rain probably would have continued long into the evening and it would have been too late to start it up again.  This was probably Junior's worst Daytona 500, topping 2002 when he had something caught in his car very early in the race.  Daytona is really all about timing.  Matt timed it perfectly when he should make his move.  This is already a better season than he had last year.  Ryan Newman probably had the worst time of any Daytona 500 defending champion since Davey Allison back in 1993.  Joey Logano had a tough debut, but it really was not his fault. Scott Speed got loose and Joey tried to check up but there was really no place for him to go. That wreck looked like Darrell Waltrip's wreck one time when the dirt bank used to be where he was.  Good to see that Joey took the blame for it, although I think that he was probably a little hard on himself.  Also good to see that he seems to know how to make commercials already. He needs to make more like the one that he made with Tony last year.  All-in-all, it wasn't that bad.  It was a way to ease into the season rather than have a monster opening. For all of you that will continue to follow NASCAR, it is on to California.  This is where we will pinpoint who the real contenders are.  That should be fun.

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Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:07 pm
 

Daytona 500

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Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:05 pm
 

Daytona 500

Thank you. I completely agree with basically everything that you said.



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Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 5:25 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:39 am
 

Daytona 500

I took my son and his friend to the 500 two years ago.  It was in the 50's and low 60's with wind.  By the end of the race, it was chilly for Florida.  Now this year, same temps, now add rain.  That rain is coming from the west, a system extended way out into the Gulf of Mexico.  This wasn't a pop up summer storm.  So lets say the rain did end at 8 PM, and not the 5 AM as some have reported.  It takes a long time to dry out 2 1/2 miles of old, porous asphalt, especially in 50 degree weather, and at night too.  So now about 11:15 the race gets under way.  Most fans have been there since, oh about 8-9 AM.  The track is green, the drivers are wanting to be agressive, so we now get spin outs and wrecks every 5 to 10 laps.  The race ends at 12:45 in the morning.  Then you have to battle traffic and drive to your hotel, which might be as far away as Orlando.  Do you people who are being critical of NASCAR now get the picture?  You have two 11 year olds extremely worn out, people are complaining the race should have been called. tired fans are grumping in the parking lots, and every driver that wrecked after the race started again is complaining loudly about it was unsafe to run on that track.  Also, all those concession stands ran out of everything long before the race was finished because no one planned at being at the track from 9 AM to midnight.  It was a no win situation for the sport.  The race could start earlier, say 2 PM Eastern, but there are so many people at the track, and so many activities for the fans there, it takes time to get it all in.  It is easy to be critical sitting in a comfortable living room that they should have taken as long as necessary to run the race.  it is a whole other situation to be at the track when it rains.  NASCAR did the right thing, not for the TV viewers, but the fans at Daytona, the drivers, and everyone else in attendance.  Thanks for letting me vent Nathan.  Great blog topic.




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 11:22 pm
 

Daytona 500

They really cannot do anything correct. People are always going to disagree with everything with NASCAR does.  I have learned to take a step back and not question anything that they do.




Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2009 10:31 pm
 

Daytona 500

You are right it stunk. Two weeks of build up only to be rained out. NASCAR's biggest race fell to mother nature. Have you ever bought a ticket to the Daytona 500...it is not cheap. Take your family , even more money. I dont mind paying it to see a show....but that was like watching the Super Bowl without the 4th quarter. The fans would have stayed! Desipe the announcers, the TV would have stayed! The drivers would have stayed! So what was the big deal! Scared...the France's were. The time has come for the original racers to come back...the guys that could race no matter the endorisments. THIS is the DAYTONA 500...the biggest race of the year (so thay all say)...lets race it till the end( this is not Sonama)!  WE will be here next week, Next year and till the end of time. Race because you love the sport...the sponsers will come and go....the drivers will come and go...but the FANS(who pay for the sport will ALWAYS be here!!! Sorry for the field that got wrecked..except #18...he would have started anything to win. You have guys like that who want to blame everyone else until thay do it ( most of the time)!!!!Wink.....NASCAR  just let them race so your fans can get the most out of ever buck thay spend! Keep turning left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 7:37 pm
 

Daytona 500

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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 7:32 pm
 

Daytona 500

Yeah I can say that I was pretty pissed off that after only 30 minutes pass and its 7pm EST they decide to call the race. 3 hours to dry a track. Who's smoking crack now Helton. Why the hell do they have lights at Daytona? What for just the race during the summer? Then everyone starts saying well they have to drive to California. Well who the hell does the schedule where they drive all the way across the country for the next race. That makes no sense what so ever! Why wouldn't they go to Tennessee or some where half as far. Doesn't make sense and it just pissed off alot of people. Its not the Daytona 348 its the Daytona 500 you freaking idiots. Mike Helton and the whole Nascar Nazi family makes me not want to watch the product anymore.




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 7:08 pm
 

Daytona 500

It is really only the Super Bowl of racing because it was the first track to host this kind of racing to take it from the beach.  Yes, they did used to race on the beach, for those of you that don't know.  There really is no big event in NASCAR. They all pay the same points.  Every event is the Super Bowl.  I love every race for the uniqueness of every event.  They really had no choice. They conceded long ago they could not race in the rain on the ovals.  They won't do it for the road course either. They did have one race in the rain at Road America back in 1956 if I remember correctly, but they did not use rain tires for that event.  They could not wait until the next day to end it because people had already stayed there all day and all week in some cases. Probably even longer for others. They would have had to wait until after midnight to let it all hang down.  No one would have wanted to stay there that long.  It is something that NASCAR fans have long accepted to be a possibility.




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 7:02 pm
 

Daytona 500

I wouldn't say that he should be out of the sport. He is good enough to be in the sport.  He just might not be consistent enough to win a championship.  This is his best chance to win a championship at Hendrick.  He might need a different crew chief to get that done, however.



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