Dale Earnhardt seemed destined to finally win the race that had eluded him through his entire career after dominating the event, leading 155 of 200 laps. However, the black No. 3 GM Goodwrench Lumina wobbled up the racetrack and slowed, clearing the way for relative unknown Derrike Cope from Spanaway, Wash. to capture his first career victory in NASCAR’s biggest race.
Well race fans, it’s that time again. The offseason is coming to an end very quickly and we are close to going back to racing. But before we do, let’s talk about what to expect from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season. The offseason brought no big changes to the schedule. The season is …
This Week’s Question: This year, 36 of the 43 spots in the Daytona 500 will be already “locked-in” due to owner points and the past champion’s provisional held by Dale Jarrett. Is it fair that so many cars are guaranteed spots in the field, or should the vast majority of drivers and teams have to qualify their way into the Great American Race?
To those drivers slated to run in the very first Daytona 500, their first glimpse of the brand new speedway must have been awe inspiring. When Bill France Sr. first proposed a 2.5-mile racetrack with high-banked corners, more than a few people scoffed that it would never be built, and some even said it couldn’t …
Q: I thought Toyota was going to struggle in its first year in NASCAR? All I’ve seen from the Daytona speed charts are guys like Dave Blaney (Dave Blaney!) hovering around the top.
The offseason can be a dreadful time for the racing fan. Unless you like German touring cars, motocross or snowmobile racing, there has never been a fix for the racing fan during the cold of Winter. Sure there’s the Chili bowl and the Ice bowl. But those are isolated races. For the race fan that has a desire to see door to door racing on a nearly weekly basis, there has never been that kind of fix in the winter. Enter Arena racing.
5. NASCAR pretending nothing is wrong with “Buschwhackers.”
For 10 years before the first Daytona 500 was held at Bill France’s magnificent new superspeedway, NASCAR’s Grand National Division ran on the storied old beach and road course in Daytona Beach, in what was considered the biggest event on the tour’s calendar.
Today’s Season Preview Topic: Who will be the biggest surprise of the 12 drivers in the Chase this season?
Though I continue to keep an open mind concerning NASCAR’s decision to develop and introduce the Car of Tomorrow (CoT) into weekly competition, the schedule for 2007 seems certain to create an inconsistent and disjointed season for fans. Instead of the 16 scheduled CoT races slated for 2007, the sanctioning body would have been better …