The Only Thing They'll Remember Is First Place! A Flashback and Preview of the Daytona 500
Okay, so that picture is actually BOBBY Allison who stopped to help his little brother, and he's the one who actually got into the fight with Cale Yarborough. Do you remember that race? It was the first live flag to flag coverage of a NASCAR (then) Winston Cup event, and in that day in 1979, Ken Squier's broadcast on CBS put NASCAR on the map, and NASCAR has never looked back. Since then, we've witnessed some incredible and unbelievable moments, from improbable winners to the one moment that we as NASCAR fans thought would never come.
"After all those years of effort, all the heartaches. Waving like mad as he crosses the line, Buddy Baker has done it!" -1980
"Richard Petty, holding onto that lead like a hammerhead shark...Is he slowing down, is he running out of fuel? ...But he takes the checkered flag!" -1981
"Cale Yarborough has done it! Cale Yarborough, Ken Squier, can you hear me?" -1984
"Davey Allison high, Bobby Allison holds him off. They come to the stripe, and the winner of the 30th annual Great American Race...Bobby Allison! Davey Allison, his son, in second, Judy Allison ecstatic, what a tremendous family performance!" -1988
"After 17 years of effort, the Daytona 500 belongs to Franklin, Tennessee's Darrell Waltrip! He's done it!"
"I WON THE DAYTONA 500, I WON THE DAYTONA 500! Wait a minute, this is the Daytona 500 isn't it? Don't tell me it's not...THANK GOD!" -1989
"Something a miss with the Earnhardt car...and in an amazing finish, the Whitcomb racing team has won it!" -1990
"It's the Dale and Dale show as they come off of turn 4. You know who I'm rootin' for, it's Dale Jarrett. Come on, Dale, don't let him on the inside, don't let him down there. He's gonna make it! DALE JARRETT IS GONNA WIN THE DAYTONA 500!" -1993
"Sterling Marlin's first career victory comes in the biggest race of them all!" -1994
"Hendrick cars 1-2-3." -1997
"Labonte up high, but Earnhardt uses the lapped car of Rick Mast as a pick. 20 years of trying, 20 years of frustration, Dale Earnhardt will come to the caution flag to win the Daytona 500! FINALLY!" -1998
"To the flag..." "Come on, Mikey, you got it, you got it, YOU GOT IT! MIKEYYYYY!!!!!!" -2001
"Strap down the big TV boys, she's gonna go for a ride!" "It's the Boilermaker, Ryan Newman. Ryan Newman, Roger Penske WIN the Daytona 500!...Hello, NEWMAN!...It is the 125th try for Penske Racing South to win a restrictor plate race. They've done it!" -2008
"Cinderella's glass slipper FITS! ..The Wood Brothers return to victory lane at Daytona with 20-year-old Trevor Bayne!" -2011
Hello out there in FanIQ Land and welcome to a Blitzburgh Pit Stop special edition! Unless you've been living under a rock this past week and haven't logged onto FanIQ, you have no doubt seen all the NASCAR articles and analysis about Speedweeks at Daytona. Today, it all culminates with the biggest race of the year. Call it the Super Bowl of stock car racing, The Great American Race, or even a place where your ultimate dreams come true as a driver. It's a race that's seen its share of heart-raising moments.
There have been spills...
and everything in between. This is the one race of the year where drivers don't care about points. The only thing we'll remember is first place. The only thing the 43 drivers want is the Harley J Earl trophy. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. "Reach up there and pull those belts tight one more time"..."BOOGITY, BOOGITY, BOOGITY, LET'S GO RACING BOYS!" THIS is the DAYTONA 500!
Welcome to a preview for the 54th running of The Great American Race!
It's a new day and a new season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Bill France Sr. had a vision. That vision was a high-banked, high speed track that would captivate audiences for years to come. The first Daytona 500 was run in 1959. Lee Petty won the race in a photo finish that took 3 days to figure out. The inaugural race proved to be everything Big Bill France had hoped for. Now more than 50 years later, the Daytona 500 has become to NASCAR what the Indy 500 is to open wheel racing. It's a race in which the qualifying system is FUBAR, the one engine rule gets tossed out onto Daytona Beach, and nobody wants to settle for second.