Tag:Daytona 500
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:17 pm

Daytona may not use new qualifying plan

Posted by Pete Pistone

NASCAR's new plan to set the order of qualifying by speeds from final practice may not go into effect until after Daytona.

The procedure will send the fastest driver in a weekend's final practice session out last in qualifying, a system that was used last year in the Camping World Truck Series and will be employed in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series this season.

However there is speculation that because of Daytona's unique system of qualifying and filling out the field for the Daytona 500, the new format won't go into effect until race number two of the season the following week at Phoenix International Raceway.

The 43-car Daytona 500 line-up is set through a combination of qualifying speeds, finishing positions in each of the Gatorade Duel twin 150-mile preliminary races, the Top 35 in last season's owner points and provisionals.

The official schedule released by NASCAR and Daytona calls for a final Sprint Cup Series practice session on Saturday afternoon February 12th. Daytona 500 qualifying is set for Sunday, February 13th at 1:15 p.m.
Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 11:33 am

Fan to miss first Daytona 500

Posted By Pete Pistone

Jack Hege, believed to be the only person to have attended every Daytona 500, will see his streak end this year because of a broken left arm suffered in April that has not healed properly and required surgery in December. Hege, who lives in Lexington, N.C., first went down to Daytona in 1958, witnessing the final race on the beach course. He enjoyed the experience so much that he returned the following year when the race moved to Daytona International Speedway and the first Daytona 500 was held.

Hege, who turns 84 on Feb. 9, just kept going back to Daytona after that, telling me three years ago that "I've never known any other home except Daytona."

He even delayed knee surgery to attend last year's Daytona 500 to keep his streak alive. Hege still has his ticket to the 1959 Daytona 500 he attended. Two years ago, NASCAR honored Hege by seating him among the celebrities for the drivers meeting before the race and introducing him to the competitors in honor of his Daytona 500 streak.

Hege was injured when he fell backward and tried to catch himself in April. He continued to suffer complications from the injury and had surgery in December. His arm is in a sling and still has screws in the bone.
(Full story at the 2/1 Virginian Pilot)

Category: Auto Racing
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