- 02/14/2011, 09:41PM ET
CuntryBlumpkin said 02/14, 09:41 PM
1. The death of Dale Earnhardt
After Dale died, NASCAR implemented a lot of safety rules to protect the drivers that should have been in place for a long time. Safer barriers, required use of a Haans or Hutchinson devise, etc. The sport changed tremendously after Dale passed on, some for the better, some for the worse.
2. The finish of the 1959 Daytona 500.
This was the first race at the Daytona Super Speedway, everybody told Bill France that the track was too big, and it wouldn't work and the racing wouldn't be exciting. At the end of the race we had a photo finish that took 3 days to determine Lee Petty won, and everybody knew Daytona was a success. Over 50 years later, and it's still the main attraction.
3. The finish of the 1979 Daytona 500.
The first nationally televised NASCAR race. Donnie Allison and Cale Yarlborough crash on the last lap while running one two, then they get inton a fight. NASCAR has been nationally televised ever since.
Good luck, changing the order is perfectly fine.
Bocook015 said 02/14, 10:46 PM
1. The Finish of the 79 Daytona. Without this we wouldn't have seen anything that i'm going to describe in 2 and 3.
2. Dale's death, hard to argue, I cried that day. The reason i have this at number two is because it wouldn't have been as big as it was if we hadn't watched it.
3. The Car of Tomorrow. The COT has brought on the ruin of NASCAR. I've only been to one race since the new cars have been used. With the COT everything that made Nascar interesting and a great thing to watch on Sunday was lost. The races are less competitive now and quite frankly I think they are now boring.
I respect the 59 Daytona but i think the rise through TV exposure, shock of the greatest racers death, and downfall of the sport are more important.
CuntryBlumpkin said 02/15, 06:49 PM
Really, the COT was an idea that was developed off the track by NASCAR heads and engineers. Yeah it is used on the track, and the driver's use it, but the Car of Tomorrow isn't a moment that happened on the track.
In fact, it wasn't a moment, it was something being developed over several years.
If not for the 59 Daytona 500, the 79 Daytona 500 wouldn't have happened, and chances are NASCAR would either be long gone or still only a regional sport with no national exposure.
Everybody told France that the speedway was too big, and it wouldn't work, and he was risking too much money on what was pretty much an experiment.
The experiment worked, and one of the best finishes in NASCAR history happened, which proved the success of Bill France's idea of the Daytona 500 and the Super Speedway.
Had this race been a dull race, and the finish wasn't great, there would have been a possibility that Daytona would go back to racing on the beach.
This was the first ever Daytona 500, and it was the start of the main attraction in NASCAR today.
Dale's death over the 79 Daytona 500 next.
Bocook015 said 02/16, 04:18 PM
The first time i saw the CoT was on the track so that's why i included it.
I feel like you're appealing more to the fact that Daytona was built as apposed to the finish. This event would have taken place off the track.
I feel like i pretty much explained why i picked what i picked in my first argument and being down down 9 votes before i even posted my second argument is kind of discouraging.
That's all for now, give me something to dispute next. Not the fact that a track was built, we both no that if the 59 Daytona wouldn't have been much there certainly would have been a chance to impress at the 60 Daytona.
CuntryBlumpkin said 02/16, 07:34 PM
You're stretching it here.
Yeah, Daytona being built didn't happen on the track, but the finish of the first Daytona 500 did, and the fact that the finish and the race was so good, it showed the the idea of the Super Speedway worked out, and really was a huge stepping stone for NASCAR, who might have still been racing on beaches and dirt tracks if the finish of the 59 Daytona 500 hadn't have been so good.
The 79 500 was a big stepping stone for NASCAR as well, but it doesn't hold a candle to how Dale Sr's death changed the sport.
If Dale hadn't died, drivers might still be out there with no restraining devises and wearing open faced helmets.
Most would say that Dale's death lead to the development of the COT, as NASCAR was trying to make the cars safer, and the COT is much safer than the old body styles.
NASCAR changed drastically in the years after Dale died, some of the safety requirements were good, other restrictions were bad.
Either way, Dale Sr's death is hands down number 1.
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