Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
10. The Dale and Dale Show, 1993
Dale Jarrett holds off Dale Sr.. The race was made most famous by Dale's father Ned calling the race and "coaching" him to the finish. This was also, Joe Gibbs Racing first win in the Winston Cup Series and the first of three Daytona 500 wins for Jarrett.
9. Father Knows Best, 1988
Bobby Allison leads his son, the late Davey Allison to line for what had to be the best father-son celebration in victory lane. The other memorable moment was the spectacular wreck that had Richard Petty flipping wildly down the frontstretch and into the catch fence.
8.Ole BP Plays A Little Possum, 1975
David Pearson appears to have the field covered on his way to his first 500 win. Benny Parsons running a distant second hooks with Richard Petty, who is a lap down, and runs down the Silver Fox. Then with two laps left Pearson wrecks and opens the door for Parsons.
7.A Snowstorm and a Fight, Just What the Doctor Ordered, 1979
With much of the east coast buried in snow, America got acquainted to NASCAR. What they saw was great under card of a race and a main event fight down on the infield people still talk about today. Many people credit this race with putting NASCAR on the map. It was the first race broadcast in its entirety. People though, remember the fight between Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, and later joining in to the aid of his brother, Bobby Allison, more so than they remember Richard Petty winning the race.
6.Swervin' Ernie Irvan Avoids the Mayhem, 1991
With some crazy pit road rules that would have made the Truck series rules of last year seem tame, Ernie Irvan, dodged wreck after wreck, the last of which came with two laps remaining when Dale Sr. and Davey Allison got together on the backstretch, and claimed his only 500 victory.
5.The Ultimate Cinderella Story, Derrick Cope Takes Home the Prize, 1990
Dale Sr. had the field covered all day. When a late race caution came out, all the leaders pitted except Derrick Cope. With the great track position, Cope was able to hang with Sr. even though he had older tires. On the last lap, Earnhardt cut a tire and allowed Cope to claim the '90 500.
4.The Day Racing Stood Still, Michael Waltrip, 2001
I put this race fourth because of a few reasons. It had a finish, some would say a spectacular finish, some would say a sad finish. Looking back now, I see it both ways. This was also my first Daytona 500 attended live. I remember it like it was yesterday. The track, the smells, the noise( the cars sounded like a freight train coming by you), and yes the finish. The finish was set up when on the backstretch with 27 laps remaining a huge wreck took place that took out many contenders. With the laps running down, Michael Waltrip and his teammate Dale Jr. were running out front, followed closely by Dale Sr. On the final lap, Dale Sr, radioed to his drivers, MW and Jr. were both in the DEI camp, to stay high, I got'em covered down low. Goin' into turn three MW and Jr. drifted high with Sr. in tow. Sr. then ducked low goin' into four and the rest is history as they say. MW beat Jr. to the line by a car length, in a finish many soon will never forget.
3. Harvick and Martin Battle to the Strip, 2007
Mark Martin was running a part time schedule for DEI that year. On the last lap, Kevin Harvick, using the outside line and little help from Matt Kenseth, pull even with Martin at the end of the backstretch and then takes the lead going into turn three. Martin fights back on the inside and reclaims the lead coming out of turn four. Just as they are coming out of four "The Big One" happens. Harvick and Martin drag race to the line with Harvick winning by .02 seconds, the closest finish since the first Daytona 500.
2. Lee Petty wins the inaugural Daytona 500, 1959
Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp were the only cars left on the lead lap when the checkered flag flew. In a race that had no cautions and 59 cars entered, it all came down to three days of waiting and some newsreel footage. Both men thought they had won, but in the end, Big Bill France got some assistance from the print news with some photographs and with the tv media to finally declare Petty the winner.
1. Lettin' the Fur Fly!, 1976
Richard Petty and David Pearson, the two winningest drivers in stock car history waged an epic battle in 1976. Petty was leading on the final lap when Pearson slingshot past Petty on the backstretch. Petty tucked in behind Pearson and then tried to return the favor coming off of four. Instead he hooked Pearson and sent he and Pearson careening off the wall and spinning wildly into the infield grass. Mere yards from the finish line, Pearson was able to keep his engine running and coasted across the finish line to win his only Daytona 500. Petty finished second by virtue of he and Pearson being the only two on the lead lap at the white flag.
So there ya go, this is my top 10, I'm sure I have left one, two or more out, but damn, its 11:30 and my head hurts!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Well I'm a little late getting these in, since by now they've started the Daytona 500 and there has already been a wreck! But anyways, here goes:
Number of Times JPM and Smoke "go at" each other:
37- y'all didn't forget about the All-Star race did ya?
How Many Times we are gonna have to hear about Danica-mania?
Too damn many times to even wanna try to count!
How many times Dale Jr. will win this year? (This one is for me, he is my guy ya know!) 3- I think that is an appropiate number, don't you? :)
Rookie of the Year:Are there any rookies even entered this year? Can Logano re-enter for this year?
Most over- hyped story(ies) of the year?
Three way tie and in no particular order: 1) Danica Patrick, 2) The"drive for 5" JJ style, and 3) Can Jr. make a comeback?
2010 Chase drivers, also no particular order:
JJ- of course
The Rainbow Warrior
Old Man Time, Mark Martin
The Busch Brothers
I just don't think Hamlin is gonna make it, if you've never had knee problems, you really don't know how bad it can be for you. One good crash and that leg is gonna HURT! This ain't football, you can't just get a shot and numb it up, the NASCAR drug police wouldn't like that too much.
Smoke- he is the only one that I think is smart enough to realize, its not the equipment, hell, half the field is in Hendrick equipment! I think its raceday prep and raceday decisions that make the difference. Smoke's just got "it"... I think.
Daytona 500 Champion:
The Blue Duece
Overachiever of the Year:
Underachiever of the Year:
Junior, I got faith, but he'll never live up to expectations, just how it is.
Well that's all I got, if anyone has any others they want answers to, just holler, I'm sure I can give an opinion and I'm sure its gonna be wrong. :)