Wednesday, February 29, 2012

7 things to take away from Speedweeks 2012 including the Daytona 500: Danica Patrick, Hybrid racing, a blaze, a tweet picture, Biffle playing blocker and NASCAR vs. #48 team.

One word to best describe the 2012 NASCAR Speedweeks at Daytona is “vicious”! Glad there is only four restrictor plate races a year period. With that said, I can summarize Speedweeks 2012 in by these 7 things:

1. Danica Patrick. What a rollercoaster two weeks Danica had from grabbing the pole for the Nationwide Series race to getting wrecked in her Duel race with a hard hit to the inside wall, getting wrecked by her teammate Cole Whitt during the Nationwide race and getting caught up in a lap 2 wreck in the Daytona 500. But she did gain some experience by getting back out in the Daytona 500 to complete laps, the pole and now hopefully a return trip to Phoenix will be a good one for her.

2. Hybrid racing is here to stay throughout the 2012 restrictor plate season. During the off season, NASCAR said that they were trying to get rid of the two-car tandem racing and from what I saw in all of the racing, NASCAR has actually created hydrid racing – it was a mix of pack racing for most of the race and two-car tandem racing. It’s a mixed bag for sure with most fans saying they enjoyed, but not me. Sorry I’m just not a restrictor plate racing fan period.

3. Two first time winners are crowned at Daytona. In Friday night’s Truck race, it was rookie John King who would pick up his first Truck Series victory and in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, a last lap crash results in, James Buescher capturing his first Nationwide Series victory. Both victories were a good moment after two vicious races.

4. Brad Keselowski gives fans on track pix during red flag of Daytona 500. The main stream media is a huge buzz over this one tweeted picture that Brad Keseloski took with his iPhone in his racecar during a red flag period in the Daytona 500. What some may not understand is, Brad took the picture and tweeted it during a red flag period, not under caution or green flag racing. And as I heard yesterday, thankfully NASCAR wouldn’t penalize Brad for taking the tweet and for now will allow drivers to have their cell phones in their racecars. I wonder how long that will last? But what a great picture, thanks Brad. (Photo Credit: Brad Keseloski's Twitter Account.

5. Racecar meets Jet-dry: Under caution, Juan Montoya’s racecar breaks something in the rear end and sends Montoya out of control and into a jet drying which resulted in a major blaze. But thankfully both Montoya and the jet dryer driver from Michigan walked away and was checked out and released from the care center.

However while some are quick to blame Montoya, I’m not going to. Montoya was following NASCAR rules under caution and was safety trying to caught up to the field when something broke on his car. Once that part broke, he was just a passenger along for the ride. But I would expect NASCAR to review its policy and see what they could do to prevent this freak accident from happening in the future.

6. The final two laps and Greg Biffle trying to win the Daytona 500. Since originally writing this article and publishing it, I have been thinking about it and I'll admit it, I though that Greg Biffle was blocking for his teammate Matt Kenseth to win the Daytona 500 by holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. because Biffle wasn't making any moves in the final two laps, instead he just stayed his teammate. I'm not saying he wasn't trying to win the Daytona 500, but he didn't make any moves in the final laps to go for the win.

Since then, I have written article on my lifestream ThinkingBrian.com called "I'll admit, after the 2012 Daytona 500, I thought Greg Biffle was blocking for his teammate Matt Kenseth to win the 500...", so I conclude Biffle just couldn’t get their to win, but it would have been better if he had did something of a move a few times to try. And now I say goodbye to the Daytona 500, hello Phoenix and good racing.

7. NASCAR vs. the #48 Cup car of Jimmie Johnson. Yes once again, here were are and for life of me, fans are not getting the full story here as NASCAR is being NASCAR over penalizing the #48 Cup car over C-Posts that might have been raced several times last season with another six race suspension for Knaus, a car chief suspended, 100k fine, and 25 driver and 25 owner points being docked – As a result, Hendrick pays to appeal. I just hope that we don’t see another RCR vs. NASCAR in the appeals, what a nightmare that was.

With all that said, I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again…I’m just glad there are only four restrictor plate races a year period.

Please note on 3/1/2012, I have updated my thoughts on #6 including changing the title and adding a link to some insight on why I think this way.