Monday, February 18, 2008

Hello, Newman!

Hendrick....Gibbs...Chevy...Toyota...Junior...Tony....Dodge? Newman? Penske...1, 2? Whoa, didn't see that coming! Sunday's Daytona 500 featured 60 lead changes and some great drama in the last 50 laps in the debut of the "COT" on the beach. Junior said it was "Boring" which is quite a statement for a guy driving without a shifter knob, running in the top ten all day. Of course, it may have been a bit more exciting for him and his fans had he pitted on the second last caution with Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch. And that was no strategy call. Crew Chief Tony Eury, Jr. was trying to get to Junior on the radio, but was blocked by a conversation between Dale and his spotter as to whether Dale could hear him or not. In any case, the hearalded Hendrick team finished with one car on the lead lap (Junior) in what ended up being a battle of Team Gibbs v. Team Penske...and much to everyone's suprise, Penske, and Newman....brought home the mail. Just couldn't let it go!

6 comments:

tim said...

The REAL racing season starts next Sunday - NO PLATES!! Go Junebug!

spark MAN said...

The REAL racing season starts March 29th. Lose them fenders!

Daytona was much better back before restrictor plates when one car was faster than everyone else, then came out on Sunday for the 500 and blew everyone's doors off. What Bill Elliott did down there in '85 was amazing.

tim said...

Awesome Bill from Dawsonville - he was the reason I started watching Winston Cup.

spark MAN said...

I meant to say, ".......was faster than everyone else all during Speedweeks, then came out on Sunday for the 500....."

The way the rules are now, the fast cars aren't allowed to be the fastest cars. Busch and Stewart could have lapped the field. Some call it boring, I call it seeing who is fastest, which is what racing is supposed to be about. Or at least I thought so.

tim said...

It ain't real racin' if you gotta have a "buddy" to help you win. Fontanna = no plates.

Anonymous said...

It WAS boring. And the ending was stupid. I was so mad at the end that I was suckered into watching a little more nascar. The best car didn't win because of the endless cautions. They need at least 5 laps to spread the field and let the cream rise to the top. Because ALL the cars are virtually the same it was a crap shoot as to who won.