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Every race got an upgrade for the singer for the National Anthem. A “Local Singing Sensation” Friday, “Miss Florida” on Saturday, and then a former “Miss America on Sunday.
Honorary Starter Ashton Kutcher irritated NASCAR by using the dreaded words “Red Neck.” I guess I need to review my NASCAR history…racing was started by the Marquis de Queensbury and not Moonshiners.
What was that assault on the ear drums before the race? Brian Wilson was so off key he would not have made it through the preliminaries of “American Idol.”
Keep the big American Flag shaped like our great country and PLEASE get rid of everything else you attempted on this pre-race show. This was NOT the half time show at the Super Bowl so stop acting like it!
Race Grade: C
Except for the last 20 laps this was not an exciting race. The strategy and the last minute slicing and dicing saved this race from a failing grade.
F for Smaller Restrictor Plates
The time has come for NASCAR to dirty up the aero on the cars, similar to the Truck series, and bring back something closer to real racing.
D for Richard Childress Racing
The new season dawned with hopes of a big turn around for this struggling organization. But after the Daytona 500 they could not be happy that their best finish was 14th among three cars.
C for Petty Enterprises
In stock car racing as in life you need to first take “Baby Steps.” A 16th and 17th place finish was not Earth shacking success, but it is a big step up for this team.
B for Scott Riggs
While all the pre-race favorites battled up front, they had longshot Riggs to contend with too. The Hendricks power didn’t hurt his chances but this was one terrific job of driving from start to finish to come home fourth.
A for Jeff Gordon
Fox did a lousy job of showing us the pass for the win, but this team stepped up big. Jimmie Johnson came home a strong fifth place finish too giving Hendricks a strong one-two punch you can expect to see all year.
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Why not put unrestricted four cylinder engines in those cars and have some real racing. It may take two minutes to get a lap in, but probably would get ten times the lead changes.
The misplaced half time show at the begining of the telecast left a lot to be desired. It’s just like NASCAR to bring in has-beens of the entertainment industry and try to pass it off as an exstravaganza. I guess they did get off pretty cheap though!
Over all the Daytona 500, for a lack of a better word, sucked. Ok… except for the final five laps.!
Somewhere between all that I guess there was a race. Oh, for the days of ESPN and Bob, Bennie, and Ned with Jerry in the pits.
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