NATIONWIDE: Hey, they had a great turnout - like 57,000 fans. And they got all the excitement they could handle.
Aside from Stewart winning, which he did with 'stiletto' like skill, it was the rookies that impressed me. Alex Bowman coming with a 3rd place will do good for his season. This kid has fine talent and I believe will show well the entire season.
Was too bad Kyle Larson got caught in the really nasty crash because he ran tough all day long. And Nelson Piquet Jr. showed he will be someone to watch this year. Pastrana showed pretty well for himself too - was in some pretty tight spots and showed he can take it. All these guys are going to be strong competition for the ex-CUP racers hoping to win the Championship. There is so much young talent in this years Nationwide series I think it's going to be a fantastic competitive season.
The fan injuries was a tough thing. I'm choosing to not address it because I'm sure there will be numerous folks taking their shots at the unfortunate situation. I'll leave it as it was, a tough, sad deal. Heart goes out to each and every one.
The 500: Yes, of course - Danica Patrick taking pole position then leading some laps was everyone's big story - history, history, history. I've already eaten my "double-double" amount of crow - which was hard to chew - but I did it. She ran well but experienced talent took over at the end - as it usually does.
To me, it was pretty much a 'processional' for a good part of the race. In fact, at one point I said to my wife, "This is kinda boring." Single file, troll around the track - but that changed with every re-start and especially at the finish.
I've read stuff about how some drivers "deserved" a better finish. That's BS. To me, deserved it not a valid phrase in auto racing outcomes. I prefer the phrase, "He won the old fashioned way - he earned it." And that is exactly what Jimmy Johnson and the entire #48 team did - they took control when it counted, made the right moves and won fair and square. Nothing was given to them - they EARNED their 2nd Daytona 500.
Was sad to see Denny Hamlin continue his whining by complaining to Brad K about, "Your genius teammate..." But that's him - top "Whiner" for JGR and "Little Man of the Year" for not stepping up to the plate and marrying his girlfriend before (or even after) producing an illegitimate child. I find it very difficult to respect him.
Glad to see Scott Speed picked up a sponsor for the race. He grabbed about $305,000 in prize money - which he earned. Hope to see him at the next race.
The race to the CHASE is officially on. May the best team, driver, owner combination win.
Oh, wait... How could I go without making comment about the new Gen 6 car? OMG, they look like a Ford, a Chevy, a Toyota. Maybe more difficult to drive (which is good). Good deal as far as I'm concerned.
We're back to Win on Sunday, sell on Monday... What could be better than that?