Monday, February 24, 2014
Well here we are at the start of another NASCAR season with the Daytona 500, the race that everyone knows about, like the Indy 500 this race is one of the granddaddy races that all the drivers want to win, and they all have an honest chance to win. Through rain and wrecks this was Daytona's longest day,and it was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end. NASCAR's most popular driver won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night for the second time, ten years after his first victory. And with this he snapped a 55 race losing streak dating back to 2012. It also ended the frustation of coming 2nd in three of the last four Daytona races. After he crossed the finish line the fans who withstood the 6 hour 22 minute red flag delay were screaming their support. Dale Jr. dominated at the track where his father died on the last lap of the 2001 race. He led six times for a race high 54 laps, all after the rain delay and seemed to have it under control until things got chaotic near the end. There were 42 lead changes and four multi car accidents as the field closed in on the checkered flag. Denny Hamlin was second in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Brad Keselowski was third in a Team Penske Ford. Jimmie Johnson who beat out Jr. in last years race commented how "He's been knocking on the door of the 500 for a lot of years. He got it done tonight, he did an awesome job". Well folks,on to Phoenix next week, and coming up in the next weeks is my personal fave, DEGA BABY. Enjoy the season.