Points: 212 (30th in the standings, 3 points ahead of 31st and 31 points behind 29th).
Am I the only one that misses the fact that the race use to be called the Firecracker 400? I mean can’t they at least call it the Firecracker 400 presented by Coke Zero at the very least? I know that they called the Xfinity race the Firecracker 250 but still…I am talking about bringing some patriotism or acknowledgement of the holiday into the name of the race…I don’t think it’s odd. Anyway on to the meat of the post and that is the actual race in Daytona.
Ahh Super Speedway racing. For me it’s less about winning and more about surviving. The cars are running uber close and the usually inevitable wrecks are characteristically big. And then there are races like Saturday night in Daytona…where your driver just sticks to his p’s and q’s expertly avoids the “big one” and continues to bide his time during the race. He starts to make his move towards the front of the pack, ends up getting loose in a spot where he usually doesn’t get loose and crashes out of the race big time with only 10 laps left to go.
After the race- while most of his fans were holding their breath after seeing him take what looked like some serious hits both into the wall and by another driver, Tony took total responsibility for losing control of the car when it got loose. His direct quote was “I just over corrected for it and drove it into the fence. So it was definitely my fault. I don’t know why I got loose but I got loose going into one.” I do have to say that it would have been nice if NBC would have either showed him getting out of the car and into the ambulance under his own power or if they would have at least stated that he did I am sure several fans wouldn’t have been so on edge waiting for his post infield care center interview. Or maybe moving around in the cockpit since I thought Tony was running an in-car camera. But alas we were all left to hold our breaths until he stopped to talk to the media after leaving the media center. I mean it’s not like he’s healing from a back injury or anything [insert sarcastic eyeroll here]. (more…)