Monday, July 5, 2010

Best and Worst moments from Daytona: Simply put Dale Jr. drives #3 back into victory lane while Firecracker 400 lives up to its name.

As I sit here on a 90 degree day up here in Massachusetts and just finished watching the ESPN roundtable, let me start off with my normal NASCAR restrictor plate racing view:

“I’m not a huge restrictor plate racing fan period, as a matter of fact, while I don’t hate restrictor plate racing, I don’t like the racing neither and I’m glad we only run these races four times a year.

Simply put, restrictor plate racing in my eyes is a heart-stopping, yet hard to watch at times (or form) of racing especially in NASCAR. I would describe it as a giant chess match and at the same time, a game of survival. Drivers don’t win one of these races, they survival these types of races you just came in first in the game of survival. (It’s like winning CBS’s reality show Survivor”, you outwit, outplayed, and outlast your competitors, of course in this day that could describe most racing at this level.)

Of course when you talk about restrictor plate racing, you always have the fear of “the Big One”, however now a days, the big one can happen at any race during just about any time that is caused most of the time by aggressive driving or just one stupid move.”

With that said, here’s the best and the worst moments from Daytona…

Best:


1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning Friday night’s Nationwide Series race in the #3 Wrangler Jeans Blue and Yellow Chevrolet was absolutely one incredible moment to see especially considering I’m a Dale Jr. fan (JR Nation). And I completely understand why Dale Jr. doesn’t want to run the #3 again and I fully support. Thank you Dale Jr. for running it, it worth it and I say that as I look at a #3 Dale Earnhardt flag on my wall.

And the race wasn’t fixed, get a life.

2. Dodge and Ford bring out the new Nationwide COT cars as pony cars. For everybody was is complaining about NASCAR not having stock cars on-track, this is as close as you’re going to get period and you know what, I like them, good job Ford and Dodge, way to listen to the fans.

3. Kasey Kahne continuing on with a good second place finish in the 400, the Ford camp is looking for consistency. I know they have the cars, now they just need to keep cars going. And of course Kevin Harvick won.

Worst:
1. Seeing Chevrolet bring the Impala SS and Toyota bring the Camry was a slap in the face to NASCAR fans, what a joke. Chevrolet you should have used the Camaro, how are you going to sell cars if you don’t put them in the front of fans? Toyota, why not Scion tC, it’s a two-door sports car or even the Corolla, it would have been better than doing nothing at all. And that's how I feel.

2. Dale Jr’s comments following the Firecracker 400, I don’t get it, he survives enough to get a 4th place finish and he dumps on his crew, come on, even Mark Martin didn’t do that and he had the same setup. The team made a mistake, you win as a team, and you lose as a team. Drivers, stop dumping on your crew, they are your life line period.

3. It's the Firecracker 400 at Daytona and it's “The Big One” that took out half the field during the late stages of the Firecracker 400. It’s not good to have over half the field damaged and in the garage.

Bottom line: Two thing, first I saw the video of Richard Petty and A.J. Allmendinger (so-called fight) in the garage after A.J. got wrecked, it’s no big deal. Petty was just trying to claim A.J. down and A.J. was hot period, it happens, but there’s nothing to it and it’s a non-story, give it up.

And second, I support the idea of inducting Raymond Parks into the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Photo Credit(s): Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR and Chris Graythen/Getty Images

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