It was a night of firsts. The first time rain postponed the 500. The first time the race started under the lights on primetime TV. The first time it would run on Monday. And Tuesday. The first time a driver would post on Twitter from his car during the race. The first time a jet dryer would explode on the track. There was fire, and there was plenty of rain. But when the checkered flag flew just under 36 hours after its scheduled start time,
A cloudy and drizzly day dampened the spirits of NASCAR fans who showed up for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The action-packed races all throughout Speedweeks had provided an exciting buildup to the 500, and the race was schedule to start at 1:30 PM. But after driver introductions, the ceremonial invocation and national anthem, there was nothing. Just more rain.
With more rain came more waiting. Some fans waited in the grandstands in ponchos.
Coming into the white flag lap, it was a Busch brothers tandem pulling away from the pack. But Joey Logano paired with Trevor Bayne came closing in along the back straightaway, making their move into turn 3, and fans in the grandstands jumped out of their seats. The four were running side-by-side out of turn 4, and from behind came Tony Stewart trying to make a move. Joey Logano went for the block… and chaos ensued.
Who is John King?
That was the question everyone was asking at the end of Friday’s Next Era Energy 250 as the Tennessee native drove the #7 to Victory Lane for Red Horse Racing. It was understandable no one knew him – it was only King’s third career win, the other two coming in dirt late model and late model stock. But the rookie driver clinched the victory on a green-white-checkered finish in just his 7th truck start.
Celebration for Robby Gordon and the #7 team. Heart-breaking disappointment for driver-owner Michael Waltrip. And a frustrating final lap for Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick. This was the mood at the conclusion of the Gatorade Duels at Daytona on Thursday. The game plan for every team coming in was to make it if you had to, but by all means: don’t break it.
Ten of the 49 drivers running in the twin 150’s were vying for the final four spots in the Daytona 500.
In Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, 2011 Sprint Cup Runner-up Carl Edwards won the pole position in the #99 Fastenal Ford. His Roush Fenway teammate #16 Greg Biffle came in just behind him to clinch the outside pole position. Edwards posted the top lap speed of 194.738, and it is his first pole win for the 500.
Defending Daytona champion Trevor Bayne was able to secure his spot in NASCAR’s premier race by qualifying first of the drivers who were not already locked-in from last year’s top 35 owner’s points.
25 cars started the race. Only 10 crossed the finish line. The flames were high and the crashes frequent as pack racing made a comeback on the restrictor-plates at Daytona. In fact, only three drivers escaped the wreckage of the Bud Shootout untouched. But it was not the ones who survived the carnage unscathed that were the standouts in NASCAR’s all-star race. It was the one whose two wreck recoveries kept him in the race –
A recently announced alliance between Tommy Baldwin Racing & Stewart-Haas Racing has secured a 26-race ride for Reutimann – one which he’ll be sharing with Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick. The goal of the deal was to lock Patrick into a qualifying position for the first 5 races of 2012.
Tommy Baldwin Racing’s David Blaney had accumulated the owner’s points Stewart-Haas was searching for in order to put them in the top 35 (33rd) where those 5 starts are secured.
For years, the differences between Tony Stewart’s Chevy Impala, Denny Hamlin’s Toyota Camry, and Carl Edward’s Ford Fusion have been undistinguishable to the untrained eye.
But on Tuesday, all of that changed. Ford Racing unveiled the new 2013 Ford Fusion racecar. Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle had the job of driving the model out for display at a special press conference and after, demonstrating on the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It seems now,
Schedule conflicts. That tragic moment when you look at your calendar and realize two very enticing events land on the same day. NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick had a moment like this when she flipped her calendar to May 27, 2012: Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Indy 500 versus Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coke 600.
Today, Patrick announced she chose NASCAR.
“After a lot of conversations, it’s just going to be the Coke 600.