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.
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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 more of this post…
When you weren’t paying attention, somebody awesome at Cadillac decided that a CTS-V Wagon was something that the world desperately needed. Rear wheel drive, 550 horsepower, 550 foot pounds of torque, supercharged, a 6 speed manual transmission option, 19 inch polished aluminum wheels, and brakes that will stop you so fast that your tongue will stick out. Gosh I love America. » Continue reading more of this post…
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 more of this post…
It was only a matter of time before somebody decided that they could drive their BMW with their cell phone. Honestly, I think it is fantastic that these two guys took on this challenge and successfully did it. They are clearly pretty clever when it comes to electronics. I think I would enjoy the radio controlled car more than the real one though. I mean let’s be honest; what the heck do you do with it now? Got ideas? Post em up!