Qualifying at Daytona - Uniqueness at its finest
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.
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.