Wow…I don’t know what to call the Daytona 500 today. When they were racing the racing was pretty good. The problem with the hole though? That was sad that it seemed to ruin the momentum of a good race. Over two and half hours split between two red flags –yowzer. That sucked for me and I was on a cushy couch inside…not sitting on a hard bleacher for all that time. I can’t imagine what that was like. And Fox? Um- could you have managed to talk to Tony/Darian a little more during all that time? Granted maybe Tony didn’t want to talk but…you could have at least talked about what kind of problems they were having- I was left in the dark there.
Tony didn’t have the best of runs. I don’t think the car was set up correctly- when they finally did talk to Tony he mentioned they were fighting a tight car. And don’t ask me what they were doing to the car’s front end after each of the ends of the red flags- maybe because the track had cooled down so much between the red flag runs that it made his car undriveable? I guess we will have to wait for the official Stewart-Haas racing release that usually comes out on Monday or Tuesday. I am not sure but he seemed to be nursing the car along somewhere between the 20th and 30th at the end of the race. He finally finished 22nd- after a caution caused by some cars getting together – including Kasey Kahne smacking into Tony fairly hard. Ryan Newman unfortunately faired worse than Tony did- getting collected during an accident…and ended up finishing in 34th. Unofficially Newman has 61 points and Stewart has 97 points.
Race winner was a very emotional Jamie MacMurray- driving the #1 Tracker Bass Pro car during the second attempt at a green white checker. This year not only has NASCAR relaxed bump drafting rules but they resolve to make three attempts at a green white checker finish. Even though there was an accident involving Jeff Gordon among others during that second attempt the rule stipulates that if the race leader has taken the white flag under green that the race will end on that lap.
I have to give a huge shout out to Dale Earnhardt Jr though for his amazing moves on that last lap and a half or so. He came from 10th to 2nd by just ballsing his way through…what a great recovery for Dale Jr. Speaking of Dale Jr…you can enter to win one of two Dale Jr. Prize packs here.
Instead of my notes section that I usually do I wanted to share some pictures:
And for our annual Daytona 500 viewing party spread I went with a Stewart-Haas Racing theme: