NASCAR Sprint Unlimited - Daytona Lights Up

The cars are back on track, and Olympics or not, we are here

2/15/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Sprint Unlimited - Daytona Lights UpIn the midst of the Olympics, NASCAR returns to Daytona.  Tonight we see some of the best in NASCAR drive in the Sprint Unlimited. 

The Daytona 500 has the most unique qualifying in all of motor sports.  While the race does not have all 43 drivers, it does have enough talent on that track for 75 laps that we are pretty much guaranteed a good show.

Any driver who won a Coors Light Pole Award last year in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race is eligible to race in tonight's race.  Given the fact that it is being run at night, and the Gatorade Duels are now being run on Thursday night, this is a great opportunity for drivers and crews to get a good look at how the car will run.  

Blog Photo - NASCAR Sprint Unlimited - Daytona Lights UpBut for the drivers, this one is all for the money.  It's go-fast-turn-left and leave nothing behind.  The one to watch might be Kyle Busch, and given that he has been sporting Seahawks jerseys all week, he may have gained some good luck from the 'Hawks.  It seems he had a bet with Kasey Kahne, with the loser being obligated to wear the winner's swag.  Kyle took his loss in stride, actually ordering his Seahawks jersey while still in the stadium at the Super Bowl.  I think he looks pretty good in blue and green.

They will be using the same cars as last year, with a slight increase in the height of the spoiler.  This means the same speeds, but a little more stability.  We really don't want to see cars in the catch fence or drivers or fans injured.

There are 18 drivers entered into tonight's race, and it will be our first chance to see Tony "Smoke" Stewart "rise" after his Sprint car accident in August of 2013.  By all accounts, Stewart-Haas Racing is the team to watch this year. 
Blog Photo - NASCAR Sprint Unlimited - Daytona Lights Up
And me?  My eyes are on Dale Jr., racing his last season with Steve Letarte as crew chief.  I think they will be going for broke this year, with a little different strategy as far as winning.  After all, Dale Jr. has finished second in the last two Daytona 500's and second a total of five times last year.  He turns 40 soon.  Time to go for it.

What about you?  Who is your favorite?  Who wins tonight's race? 
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2/15/14   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

Um okay.  Denny Hamlin won the 8 car shootout.  I'm happy for his fans, but that isn't a "Sprint Unlimited" I would pay money to see.  A real disappointment if you ask me.  sad

2/15/14   |   texas_tornado4261   |   71229 respect

Congratulations Denny Hamlin !

2/15/14   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

Oooooops.  Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick have all had their Hendrick Motor Sports engines expire in practice for the 500.