I have not watched a NASCAR Race in a few years now. But Monday night after work and running some errands I sat down to watch a little bit of the Daytona 500. Of course by the time I turned it on it was late in the race and I got to see that last lap wreck coming to the checkered flag. I have never been a big Newman fan but in that moment when he took the lead I was rooting for him to pull off the win. And then he was flipping and skidding for what seemed like forever and I feared a repeat of nineteen years okay, I’m not going to lie. That crash left me shaking hoping for the best but fearing the worst. All night long I was afraid what news would come out of Daytona. So when I saw that video of him walking out of the hospital with his two girls just days after, it brought a tear to my eyes. For Ryan Newman, his girls, his family, his friends, his crew, and his fans I’m glad he is on the road to recovery.
Well Jeff Gordon’s last Daytona 500 is over and he did not win. In fact he was part of a big last lap wreck. I was a little disappointed with how the 500 ended but it is what it is. Not a big Joey Lagano fan but it could be worse. And it looks like it will be sometime before the Busch brothers are back on track. It looks like Kyle will probably be back before Kurt but we will have to wait and see. I am not a Kyle Busch fan, but I do feel bad for him, on the eve of the Daytona 500 to break your leg and foot in an accident and have to have surgery, wow! For a diehard racer like Kyle that has to be tough. This pretty much hurts his chances of making the chase this year. Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr were so close but not close enough to grabbing another Daytona 500 victory. Onward and upward, Atlanta is next.
Sunday was the five week mark till the start of the 2015 NASCAR Season. The Daytona 500! Normally this time of year I am on the edge of my seat waiting for Daytona but this year not so much. I guess it’s knowing that same stupid championship format is going to be there again this season that has me not looking forward to the start. I want to be excited for the start of the season I really do but I’m just not feeling it this year. Hopefully Jimmie can come back this year, maybe that will make me feel better. Him winning the championship would still not change the way I feel about this new system but I would be happy for a seventh championship. Guess we will have to see what happens this year. Maybe it will be Juniors year.
Last night Dale Earnhardt Jr. did something in his career that his father was not able to do in his, win a second Daytona 500. It was an interesting day in Daytona. The day/race started off perfectly, but turned a little sour. After about 38 laps the rain came and soaked the track. It was after 8:30 last night before the race got restarted. What was supposed to be a day race ended up being a night race under the lights. And what a night race it was! After the red flag was lifted and the green flag was given for the first time it seemed to be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. show. The 88 car lead the most laps and battled multiple cars on multiple restarts to gain the victory. A few late race multicar accidents set the tone for the race But in the end it was the 88 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. that crossed the start/finish line first when it counted most. congratulations Dale Jr and the 88 team.
It is going to be bittersweet today watching the number 3 back on track and leading the field to the green flag in the Daytona 500. I think it has been enough time but it is still going to be odd seeing the number 3 back on track. Austin Dillon has some big shoes to fill driving that number. It will be interesting to see how he does but getting the pole for the Daytona 500 was a big first step.
It’s my favorite time of year! Jimmie, Dale, Kasey and the boys are back at the track! Saturday night watching the Sprint Unlimited hearing those engines roar was like music to my ears! It has been a long, cold, wait since November. To me the Daytona 500 means spring is right around turn 4. It’s going to be an interesting season, especially with the changes to the chase this year. I can’t wait to see who comes out on top not only Sunday in the Daytona 500 but also at the end of the year. Will it be Jimmie Johnson? Will it be Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Or will it be somebody else?
Sunday afternoon in the desert sun, Carl Edwards ended his 70 race drought. That was the first time in almost 2 full seasons the Sprint Cup has season one of Edwards famous backflips. Johnson finished second to maintain the points lead he gained by winning Daytona last Sunday. Earnhardt Jr finished fourth, leaving him second in the point standings. Danica’s Daytona momentum did not last through Phoenix, she wrecked causing her to finish out of the top twenty-five. On to Vegas next week.
Sunday afternoon was the annual Daytona 500, the kick off race for the NASCAR Season. This year’s race was a history making race. The first woman to sit on the pole and to lead a green flag lap was in Sunday’s race and it was Danica Patrick that did it. All race long she hung around in the top five but some late race shuffling had her finishing the race eighth, a top ten finish at least. All race long the lead when back and forth with many drivers taking their time at the top of the pack. In the end it was a winning day for Hendrick Motorsports, finishing one-two, with Jimmie Johnson winning and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing second. It was a good start to the season for both drivers. Could this be the year Johnson gets number six? Or could it be the year that Earnhardt Jr. wins his first. Time, luck, and 35 other races will tell.