Sunday, February 15, 2009

First Keith Urban, second rain, third NASCAR declares Matt Kenseth the winner of the 2009 Daytona 500.

The title of this article says it all, first, it’s always cool to see NASCAR turn to country music for someone to rock the prerace Daytona 500 party, last year, they had Brooks & Dunn, this year it was Keith Urban. I’ve got to say that I’ve been a country music fan for a long time and I’ve really gotten into it in 2005 when I was introduced to Carrie Underwood’s music, so to see NASCAR continue that with Keith Urban on stage was good. Nice set by Keith Urban, I believe I heard three songs from him, I might consider getting a couple of those songs. By the way, Sweet Thing, the music video has a sweet, black 1969 Ford Mustang in it and that to me is sweet thing for sure.

Country star Keith Urban performs a pre-race concert prior to the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCARmedia)

Second, for one of the most hyped up races in recent history, the 2009 Daytona 500 lived up to most of the hype, I mean having Martin Truex Jr. grabbing the pole last Sunday with Mark Martin on the outside of the front row was even better.

Third, seeing a sold out crowd in the grandstands was a huge plus, for Daytona International Speedway, the track doesn’t need to put an ash trick next to the 2009 sold out because they lowered some ticket prices down to $55, to all racetracks, $55 to watch a NASCAR Sprint Cup series race is what is going to draw the fans in, in these tough economy, sold outs in 2009 will be a challenge, but racetracks have been living high for years, it’s time to thank the fans, and reasonable tickets prices is one way, another, good prices on hotels and food.

Fourth, you know before the race (during the preshow), I watched most of the 1979 Daytona 500 and 30 years later, while most of the drivers and teams have changed, the racing hasn’t, Daytona is still Daytona, who would have thought and since Daytona is known for wild wrecks and wild finishes, on Sunday, fans got one of those, but in some unique ways.

Telling the drivers that rain is on the way, we can win this, go, go, go, dig, dig, dig, get everything you can get and those words surely will set off an driver on a mission to the front and do some crazy moves and of course, big moves, crazy moves can lead to good racing and yes, the dreaded “The Big One”. It’s been a while since we have not had the “The Big One” in either Daytona races, but this one started going down the back straightaway, Brian Vickers one-lap down racing another lap-down car Dale Earnhardt Jr., Vickers blocked Dale Jr., running him down below the yellow line with Dale Jr. on his quarter panel, Dale Jr. then came back up trying to blend in, in the process clipped Vickers, which sent Vickers into the outside wall triggering “The Big One” and no penalty for either driver which I agree with, need to look at more video (if that’s possible).

Unfortunately, the rains came, the red flag thrown just after 6:30pm, and NASCAR declared Matt Kenseth (DeWalt Ford Fusion) the winner of the 2009 Daytona 500 (380), with that, the checkered flag has flown on the final race of the 2009 Speedweeks at Daytona and now it’s off to California for race #2 of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup series regular season, the green flags flies at 6PM.

By the way, first starting the Daytona 500 at 3:20PM is ridiculous, what happened to 1:30pm? Second, I get it, is the official search engine of NASCAR(.com).