Monday, February 15, 2010

Daytona 500 Report and Afterthoughts

Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper team kicked off their 2010 season by leading 37 laps and finishing fourth in Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

I'm going to start by saying that NASCAR impressed me with how they handled adversity this past race. When the track came apart the first time, they did what they thought would fix it, and resumed racing. What the fans didn't see was that they didn't stop here. NASCAR continued to work up another solution if the problem arose again. It did, and they solved the problem the second time.
On that note, i'm glad they didn't call the race. The red flags were longer than expected, but they continued on. Another big thing that caught my eye, NO DEBRIS CAUTIONS. I can't remember the last race in which there was no debris caution, so kudos to NASCAR.

Clint Bowyer impressed me, by doing something he usually never does. He stayed at the front and led laps, the second most amount of laps to teammate Kevin Harvick. At the end of the race, he thought of his teammate when choosing his line for one of the final restarts of the race. This cost him a few positions, but showed the type of person he is. He made those spots up at the end, proving what kind of driver he is. A fourth place is nice, but the type of crap shoots restrictor plate races are, we won't know the improvements the #33 Cheerios Richard Childress Racing Team made till next week, when the NASCAR circuit travels to Auto Club speedway in Fontana California for the Auto Club 500. The green flag drops Sunday February 21st, at 3:16PM EST.

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