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Qualifying at Daytona - Uniqueness at its finest

2/16/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR at Daytona continues with qualifyingWell if you got to see the Sprint Unlimited last night, you know that the race started with 18 cars abd finished with only 8 for the last few lap shootout.  

Of course, if you read all the sponsored (read hyped) NASCAR sponsored websites, the race was a rip-roaring success!  However, if you are the average fan, did you really want to see a race start with 18 cars finish with only 8 vying for the checkers?

All I can say is, I'm very glad I didn't spend my hard earned money to see that race.

Yeah, yeah, congratulations to Denny Hamlin and blah blah blah, but really, how can you possibly call that a "race"?

In any case, today, the unique qualifying procedure that is Daytona gets underway.  I swear there have been dissertations written as college submissions trying to explain the uniqueness that is Daytona. 

I'll give it a whirl.

The qualifying that really counts for diddly-squat gets underway today.  As a driver, your qualifying effort may count, but then again, it may not!  Grab one of the top two spots and you're effectively done!  That's right.  The top two qualifyers make up the front row of the Daytona 500. If you don't get one of those, get ready to race your way in....or not.

The qualifying positions determine how you will start in the Gatorade Duels, set to run Thursday night.  Win your duel and you start on row 2 in the 500.  Get a good finish in your duel, and you get a decent starting position in the 500.  Finish in the back?? No worries, you can still fall back on your actual qualifying position.

Confused yet?

I hope not, because I don't think I can explain it any better.  Just enjoy the qualifying, and if you are here while that happens, I'll try to explain it a little better.

Oh, and I take Kevin Harvick for the pole postion.
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2/20/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

JenX63 wrote:
These past couple of years, I am learning NOT to go against pretty much anyone, (cept maybe 2 drivers) and with the all the changes being made, it has to be his year sooner or later. i know there are good drivers that have never won a Championship, but I just feel he will. I honestly don't know why.

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2/20/14   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I am not going against Jr, NEVER, and in fact, I'm happy that a lot of the attention seems to be going to the Dillons.  Maybe if he just doesn't have so much hype around him, and it is deflected to the 3, it will be just the key to him have the season of his life.

These past couple of years, I am learning NOT to go against pretty much anyone, (cept maybe 2 drivers) and with the all the changes being made, it has to be his year sooner or later. i know there are good drivers that have never won a Championship, but I just feel he will. I honestly don't know why.

2/18/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

JenX63 wrote:
ugh, as if i needed any more reasons not to like childress... on the other side, whose to say this isn't Jr's year. I know he wants to win, just needs the machine to help him along. Wouldn't that be something? Him winning the year his dad's number came back to Nascar? {mindblowing)

I am not going against Jr, NEVER, and in fact, I'm happy that a lot of the attention seems to be going to the Dillons.  Maybe if he just doesn't have so much hype around him, and it is deflected to the 3, it will be just the key to him have the season of his life.

2/18/14   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I could buy that except that Dale Jr really isn't the golden haired boy any more.  Everyone is making such a big deal of the 3 being brought back to Sprint Cup, and the grandson of Richard Childress being the one to do it.  It's all overhype as far as I'm concerned, and I'm not a fan of the Dillons.  Nor am I a fan of Danica.  I don't like NASCAR telling me who I should be watching.  

ugh, as if i needed any more reasons not to like childress... on the other side, whose to say this isn't Jr's year. I know he wants to win, just needs the machine to help him along. Wouldn't that be something? Him winning the year his dad's number came back to Nascar? {mindblowing)

2/18/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
 This whole conspiracy thing would be more believable if the 88 was on the front row. And the ECR cars with their power plants were the fastest in practice on Saturday.

 Maybe I'm out to lunch since NASCAR loves to do some really "shady" stuff and it really is a conspiracy thing.  Like last year's Daytona 500 and the poll which I really believe was rigged for obvious reasons.  
 

I could buy that except that Dale Jr really isn't the golden haired boy any more.  Everyone is making such a big deal of the 3 being brought back to Sprint Cup, and the grandson of Richard Childress being the one to do it.  It's all overhype as far as I'm concerned, and I'm not a fan of the Dillons.  Nor am I a fan of Danica.  I don't like NASCAR telling me who I should be watching.  

2/17/14   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

 This whole conspiracy thing would be more believable if the 88 was on the front row. And the ECR cars with their power plants were the fastest in practice on Saturday.

 Maybe I'm out to lunch since NASCAR loves to do some really "shady" stuff and it really is a conspiracy thing.  Like last year's Daytona 500 and the poll which I really believe was rigged for obvious reasons.  
 

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Scott wrote:
How many times have we seen late race mysterious caution flags for "debris" that allow certain drivers to get back on the lead lap? Nascar may think they are trying to pull things over on fans but we aren't as dumb as they think

And honestly, when DW is calling the race and it is a phantom debris caution, I swear I can hear it in his voice...

2/16/14   |   Scott   |   51953 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Exactly what I thought....and millions of others as well, judging by the twitter feed.  And the NASCAR Race Director even posted how preposterous for anyone to think that qualifying was "rigged"..

Preposterous?  

I'm stoked to see Morgan Shepherd once again in the field, although I can't help but be a little concerned about his ability to react.

How many times have we seen late race mysterious caution flags for "debris" that allow certain drivers to get back on the lead lap? Nascar may think they are trying to pull things over on fans but we aren't as dumb as they think

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Scott wrote:
I just find it a bit "strange" that the last two seasons, 2 of Nascar's biggest preseason stories suddenly find themselves on the pole of the sport's first and biggest race.

Exactly what I thought....and millions of others as well, judging by the twitter feed.  And the NASCAR Race Director even posted how preposterous for anyone to think that qualifying was "rigged"..

Preposterous?  

I'm stoked to see Morgan Shepherd once again in the field, although I can't help but be a little concerned about his ability to react.

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

2/20/2014 - Daytona Int'l Speedway - Budweiser Duel - Race 2
 
 
Pos    No.    Driver    Sponsor    Make
1    78    Martin Truex Jr.    Furniture Row    Chevrolet
2    99    Carl Edwards    Fastenal    Ford
3    2    Brad Keselowski    Miller Lite    Ford
4    24    Jeff Gordon    Drive to End Hunger    Chevrolet
5    27    Paul Menard    Peak-Menard's    Chevrolet
6    33    Brian Scott    Whitetail    Chevrolet
7    48    Jimmie Johnson    Lowe's    Chevrolet
8    13    Casey Mears    GEICO    Chevrolet
9    7    Michael Annett    Pilot Flying J    Chevrolet
10    15    Clint Bowyer    5-Hour Energy    Toyota
11    11    Denny Hamlin    FedEx Express    Toyota
12    42    Kyle Larson    Target    Chevrolet
13    21    Trevor Bayne    Motorcraft/Quick Lane    Ford
14    41    Kurt Busch    Haas Automation    Chevrolet
15    51    Justin Allgaier    BRANDT Professional Agriculture    Chevrolet
16    40    Landon Cassill    Hillman Racing    
Chevrolet
17    66    Michael Waltrip    PEAK BlueDEF/AAA    Toyota
18    35    Eric McClure    Hefty-Reynolds Wrap    Ford
19    1    Jamie McMurray    McDonald's    Chevrolet
20    34    David Ragan    CSX - Play It Safe    Ford
21    32    Terry Labonte    C&J Energy Services    Ford
22    52    Bobby Labonte    Phoenix Construction    Chevrolet
23    83    Ryan Truex    Borla Exhaust    Toyota
24    93    Morgan Shepherd    SupportMilitary.org    Toyota

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect



2/20/2014 - Daytona Int'l Speedway - Budweiser Duel - Race 1
 
 
Pos    No.    Driver    Sponsor    Make
1    3    Austin Dillon    Dow    Chevrolet
2    16    Greg Biffle    3M    Ford
3    31    Ryan Newman    Caterpillar    Chevrolet
4    88    Dale Earnhardt Jr.    National Guard    Chevrolet
5    17    Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    Nationwide Insurance    Ford
6    9    Marcos Ambrose    Stanley    Ford
7    43    Aric Almirola    Smithfield    Ford
8    22    Joey Logano    Shell Pennzoil    Ford
9    20    Matt Kenseth    Dollar General    Toyota
10    5    Kasey Kahne    Farmers Insurance    Chevrolet
11    18    Kyle Busch    M&M’s    Toyota
12    4    Kevin Harvick    Budweiser    Chevrolet
13    10    Danica Patrick    GoDaddy    Chevrolet
14    47    AJ Allmendinger    Kroger-USO    Chevrolet
15    36    Reed Sorenson    Golden Corral    Chevrolet
16    38    David Gilliland    Love's Travel Stops    Ford
17    30    Parker Kligerman    Swan Energy    Toyota
18    14    Tony Stewart    Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1    Chevrolet
19    55    Brian Vickers    Aaron’s Dream Machine    Toyota
20    26    Cole Whitt    Speed Stick GEAR    Toyota
21    95    Michael McDowell    K-Love    Ford
22    98    Josh Wise    Curb Records    Ford
23    87    Joe Nemechek    300 Rise of an Empire    Toyota
24    23    Alex Bowman    Dr. Pepper    Toyota
25    77    Dave Blaney    Humphrey Motorsports    Ford

2/16/14   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

actually think if Patrick had made the front row with Dillon, the conspiracy would of been more believable. Dillon is getting the best grandaddy can buy. Of course, as we all know, qualifying engines and race engines are very different. Now if Dillon leads and wins the race, well, then, we have some kind of conspiracy.  indecision

2/16/14   |   Scott   |   51953 respect

Debi_L wrote:
The twitter feed is alive with conspiracy theories.   blush

I just find it a bit "strange" that the last two seasons, 2 of Nascar's biggest preseason stories suddenly find themselves on the pole of the sport's first and biggest race.

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Scott wrote:
Great minds think a like... well, minus the whole Big Daddy Jeff thing  wink

The twitter feed is alive with conspiracy theories.   blush

2/16/14   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

looks like engines won the day,,, Front Row Furniture is really a powerhouse this year....

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Well, Austin Dillo is your Daytona 500 pole sitter in the 3 car.  Joining him on the front row is Martin Truex Jr.  also in an Earnhardt Childress power plant.

2/16/14   |   Scott   |   51953 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Well, look at that, Austin Dillon on the pole.  NASCAR are you sure you aren't scripting this?  Last year Danica and this year Austin???

Still 7 to qualify, and I'm hoping Big Daddy Jeff knocks him off the top!

Great minds think a like... well, minus the whole Big Daddy Jeff thing  wink

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Well, look at that, Austin Dillon on the pole.  NASCAR are you sure you aren't scripting this?  Last year Danica and this year Austin???

Still 7 to qualify, and I'm hoping Big Daddy Jeff knocks him off the top!

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Aaaaaaaaand of course I just jinxed it LMAO!!!!
 

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

I am just not believin' what I am seein'!!!

2/16/14   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

I missed this, cause I had a previous engagement, will watch on replay, although knowing Hamlin took the checkers makes me :(
I'm going on record right now, Harvick is the 2014 Champion!
Prolly just jinxed the man, but maybe someone out of Stewart-Haas will win it!

2/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Ha, i think you just confused a few hundred people....gotta love it!

I try.  I could have gone into more detail about the bubble and all that, but if you are a NASCAR fan, you already know about the qualifying procedure, and if you aren't already a NASCAR fan, do you need to be even more confused?  LOL

2/16/14   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Ha, i think you just confused a few hundred people....gotta love it!