Yesterday, Mark won the pole position for today's race, beating out every other driver, and running over 138 MPH, the only driver to do so. Today he can break record for the oldest race winner. And he has a car that can do it, without any black helicopters.
Mark was consistently fast during practices, and with his skill and experience behind the wheel, a win for the fan favorite is a very real possibility.
And one that would make my son very happy.
Although he has taken to cheering for Brad Keselowski in recent years, my son still has Mark Martin memorabilia on the shelves in his room. From a very young age, he was able to recognize many of the drivers by sight or by car. He often couldn't say their names properly (does anyone remember Bobbily Abonte?) but Mark Martin was always his favorite. Today he will be sleeping while the race is on, as he works night shift, but I'm cheering on Mark and hoping he gets a win.
Yesterday in the Nationwide race, Kyle Busch was the victor. Kevin Harvick had terrible luck, finishing 33rd in the number 33. Jimmie Johnson, racing in only his second Nationwide race, for Dale Jr's team, JR Motorsports, started 7th and finished 12th. He said he was racing in the Nationwide race to try to get a better handle on the track. It has not been kind to him in the past, and he felt that some added track time would help. Although running the race gave him more time on the track, because the cars drive so differently, and he is not familiar with the N'wide car, I don't believe it could have been of much benefit. My opinion, which I'm sure most everyone will disagree with, is that he likely had to pay more attention to the car and the way it drove in traffic to actually pay attention to the track. Of course, I could be wrong.
And finally, because this seemed to be such a bone of contention in an earlier thread, i quote Danica:
"I guess I would say the most important thing overall, if you look at the big picture, is to learn and grow. Good races and good finishes can just happen and sometimes you don't know why. Sometimes it's because of other people's misfortunes, your luck -- which is a big part of the sport. But, leaning is something that is going to pay off over time far more than being lucky one weekend".
It seems maybe she didn't think it was skill that had her finishing well at Daytona either.
The race gets underway on FOX at 1:14 pm MST