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  • What I enjoyed most about this race was just watching Jeff and listening to him in the in-car audio

    • by Orrymain

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      To set the field for the annual Daytona 500, which is the official first race of every season, two short races are held. These are called the Gatorade Duels. The NASCAR 2009 Gatorade Duels were terrific races, each sixty laps, and each providing plenty of action.

      My main interest was in the first Duel because my favorite driver, Jeff Gordon, would be racing in that one. It was a dandy. Martin Truex Jr. led the cars as the race began, and he did a pretty

      good job for a while.

      What I enjoyed most about this race was just watching Jeff and listening to him in the in-car audio. His intensity is obvious, and his attitude right on. During the last pivotal pit stop, he and his crew chief were debating on whether or not to take 2 tires or 4. Steve LaTarte (the crew chief) said, “anyone going for the win will take four”, and that’s what they did.

      Tony Stewart was right there in those final laps, contending for the ...

      • win. His cars now run on Hendrick engines. Hendrick is Gordon’s car owner, making Stewart an unofficial teammate. Tony loves to win, and I was worried he might pull out and go for the win, but he stayed put, pushing Jeff Gordon to his first victory since 2007.

        Seeing Jeff make a beeline for his 19-month old daughter as soon as he got out of his car was awesome. This was a victory lane to be remembered.

        As for the second race, what I enjoyed most

        was, oddly, rooting for A. J. Allmendinger to race his way into the Daytona 500. He had to outdo many others in this Duel to be successful, and it came right down to the end, but he did it.

        Kyle Busch won the race, beating out Mark Martin, who had a great run. The crowd went nuts when perennial favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead for a while, but he had tire issues that hindered his cause.

        All in all, both of the NASCAR 2009 Gatorade Duels were eventful successes.

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