Pretty much anything can happen during the Daytona 500, and one thing’s for certain, this years Daytona 500 was no exception to the rule. With record lead changes and the big one happening early in the race, many top contenders such and Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and many other popular drivers had their chances of winning end early.
Once the smoke cleared and the final lap emerged it was rookie Trevor Bayne racing for the Wood Brothers in a Motorcraft sponsored Ford that crossed the finish line first.
The only rookie to ever win the Daytona 500 was Lee Petty during the first Daytona 500, because essentially everyone was a rookie for that race. Trevor Bayne is the youngest rookie to have won the Daytona 500 in history at the age of 20.
I have been watching this kid draft with Jeff Gordon all week long and from what I can see he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Picture borrowed from Fox news
The big news out of Daytona from yesterday had to be that Dale Earhardt Jr crashed his 500 car during practice. He was drafting with teammate Jimmie Johnson when they came up on a pack of slower cars. Jimmie Johnson slowed down and got loose causing Earnhardt to slow, resulting in Martin Truex Jr. to get into the back of Earnhardt’s car sending him into the inside retaining wall.
Earnhardt has gone to a back up car and will need to start at the rear of the field as mandated by Nascar for the Daytona 500.
The Gatorade Duals are today and will be shown at 1:00 pm on Speed, the race starts at 2:00. The rest of the field has to race its way into the Daytona 500 during these two races. If you can catch them they’re a great race to watch, Speed usually replays them a few times at night during the week.
Photo borrowed from: www.Nascar.com
Due to cars hitting speeds of 206 MPH during the Bud Shootout on Saturday night, Nascar has decided to change the size of the restrictor plate to 1/64th of an inch.
This change should drop about 10 horsepower from the motors, resulting in speeds just under 200 MPH for Sunday’s race. These changes help to keep the cars at speeds that will keep both the drivers and fans safe.
Continue reading Nascar Changes Restrictor Plates For The Daytona 500
Turning in a time of 48.364 at 186.089 MPH Dale Earhardt Jr. turned in the fastest qualifying lap earning himself the top spot on the pole of the 53rd Daytona 500
If one things for certain Dale Jr is a force to be reckoned with on the super speedways. He ran well during the Bud Shootout on Saturday night until Carl Edwards bumped him from behind sending him into the fence and putting an early end to his night. Continue reading Dale Earnhardt Jr Wins The Pole For The Daytona 500
Gone from the 2011 Nascar Sprint Cup series is the catch can man, and in are new ventilated fuel filler cans that will hold the new E15 ethanol based gas that the Sprint Cup drivers will be using to power their cup cars for the new season.
This is where things are going to get interesting.In the past the job of the catch can man was not only to catch the gas coming out of the car when the tank was full,but also to adjust the right height of the rear of the car as it pitted, if adjustments needed to be made.
In the past the gas guy was always done fueling the car before the tire changers were done with their job, but with the new ventilated gas can it has many more parts to it that is hard to line up correctly slowing down the gas guys job, so now the tire changers are going to be done while the car is still getting fueled up, and if that isn’t enough to turn things around in the past the team would weigh what was left in the gas can and also what was in the catch can to determine how much gas actually made it into the tank of the car. With the new can you pretty much are going to have the can to deal with. Continue reading New Gas Cans For 2011 In The Sprint Cup Series
While attending the World of Wheels a few years ago, I was patiently waiting in line for Mr. Barris’s autograph with my father who’s a 67 year old auto body man, when a kid in his early 20’s said “Who’s George Barris?”
My jaw dropped,what the heck are they teaching kids these days? George Barris is the guy responsible for most of those cool cars we got to watch every week on our favorite TV show growing up as kids. He was responsible for taking a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and transforming it into the Batmobile, and who could ever forget the 1969 Charger, the “General Lee”, flying through the air every Friday night at 8:00. My favorite Barris creation of all time is the Munsters Koach, and Grandpa’s coffin car.
When it was my turn to get an autograph I shook his hand and said “Thank you Mr. Barris for creating all of those cool cars we got to see on TV as kids”, not to mention the awesome models that followed. He laughed and asked what my favorite car was, and I pointed to the Munsters Koach on display behind him. He was a great guy, and it was pretty cool meeting a legend.
So what was your favorite TV show car when you were a kid?
Images borrowed from: http://www.barris.com
With every year that passes there are more and more drivers on the road. Introduce the cell phone into this equation and things can get down right hairy out there.
I see people following to closely, driving to fast during bad weather conditions, not giving enough room for lane changes, and not knowing when to apply the brakes.
So here’s where the racing school comes in, strap in and buckle up we’re going for a ride! Continue reading Everyone Should Attend A Racing School