2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500 race
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  • The most amazing aspect of this race was the unexpected, and no, I don't mean in the racing
  • I like Brad, so was sad to see that, especially since his blow out caused damage to others, including Regan Smith, who I also like
  • Unfortunately, his luck ran out with 58 to go
  • Biffle on the other hand was disappointed not to have won but also sounded content to be third

    • by Orrymain
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      The most amazing aspect of this race was the unexpected, and no, I don’t mean in the racing. Part of the asphalt track deteriorated so much that they stopped the race to repair it. The red flag came out with 78 laps to go, prompting a delay of over an hour and a half. Drivers got out, chatted, ate, called home, etc. I do think that on TV just about every racer still in the game had TV interview time. It was quite unusual and it turned this race into a night one, which I always love.

      Prior to the re-paving caution, there was plenty of action, but only three cautions for this Valentine’s Day race. It began with Mark Martin on the poll with Dale Earnhardt Jr. completing the front row. My favorite driver, Jeff Gordon, had to go to the rear of the field since he was in a backup car. Naturally, part of my fun was watching him move forward. He was 11th by the time the track caution. He had also avoided one of the big wrecks that occurred earlier in the race.

      The first caution was Brad Keselowski blowing a tire. I like Brad, so was sad to see that, especially since his blow out caused damage to others, including Regan Smith, who I also like.

      I was very pleased to see A.J. Allmendinger leading the Daytona 500, too. He’s had some


      bad breaks in the past, so to see him out in front of the field, not just for a single lap, but for 11 was pretty cool. Unfortunately, his luck ran out with 58 to go. He got wicked loose and ended up stuck in the grass.

      Racing was pretty calm after that for a while, but then once again, the race was red flagged with 39 to go when the paving job didn’t hold and NASCAR halted action so more repairs could be done. As leader Kevin Harvick explained, the hole was just in a bad place where it could really do harm to the drivers. Kyle Busch told commentators during the break that the paving held for about 18 laps and then began to give way until big chunks started to come up. It’s just a dangerous situation and with Daytona having lights, stopping the race was the thing to do.

      So some forty minutes later, the drivers were finally back on the track, lights on, and heading for the end of the race.

      With 13 to go, the racing really got erratic. Cars were bouncing everywhere as the drivers jockeyed for position. Jimmie Johnson suffered his second flat of the race and went to the garage, not finishing the race.

      At restrictor race tracks, you can go from 20th to 1st, and vice versa, in the same lap, so it was hold your breath time. You just didn’t feel like ...


      • you could look away. Veterans and newbies were all in the hunt. Sure enough, with 7 to go, Ryan Newman wrecked, along with Travis Kvapil. It all began with Elliot Sadler getting loose. It’s amazing more cars didn’t get involved in this crash.

        What this wreck did was split the field, with some of them coming in for two tires, including Gordon and Kurt Busch. This set up one of those crazy finishes with guys all on different tires. It was Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick fighting it out.

        As a green white checker, Bill Elliot wrecked, taking out Joey Logano. What this did was set up the first time that NASCAR’s new rule about green-white checkers is in use. This year, NASCAR will allow 3 attempts to complete the race under green. If the leader has not taken the white flag, they will restart again, up to 3 times. I love this new rule. So, they cleared the track and tried it again.

        Then there was, yes, you guessed it, another wreck towards the back of the pack. This came just after Harvick had squeezed into a lead and was going head to head with Truex. The wreck was Kasey Kahne. Gordon bumped Kahne, who hit Mark Martin after the field stacked up. Kahne couldn’t hold on and spun around. So, one more time, the field lined up.

        What an ending! It was

        cat and mouse for two rock solid exciting laps and then the surprise of surprises, Jaime McMurray took the white flag and then the checkered. This guy didn’t even have a ride at the end of last year, so you have to be happy for him. He did his burnouts with adventure and got the car stuck in the mud. It was so cool. Earnhardt came out of nowhere and finished second with Greg Biffle third.

        I have to say that Jaime’s joy at winning was heartwarming. You could just see how treasured he felt to have won. He cried during his interview and just held that trophy close to his chest. In interviews, Earnhardt came across as a sourpuss, frustrated at not winning. He did congratulate Jaime, but he was too wound up that he didn’t win. I wasn’t impressed. Biffle on the other hand was disappointed not to have won but also sounded content to be third.

        Sadly for me, my driver, Gordon, crashed out after the white flag. I caught a glimpse of him getting loose, but was caught up with the thrill of Jaime’s run to the win. On the replay, Gordon really got loose and just flipped around a few times.

        All in all, this was a darn exciting race, even though it took hours to complete, and I applaud NASCAR for not jumping on the yellow flag and letting the cars race.

        That’s excitement! That’s Daytona!




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