This Week in NASCAR [July 4th Weekend Edition]
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Daytona celebrates Independence Day NASCAR Style

7/4/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [July 4th Weekend Edition]Happy July 4th! Happy Independence Day America!

Nothing is better than Daytona under the lights, and to have that race on a long weekend, celebrating July 4th, is even better.

Many of the cars have special paint schemes for the race, on both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup sides.  Many are red, white and blue themed, and some are just throwbacks to earlier years.

This year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is using a throwback theme, and he has openly said he is determined to win Saturday night, to get the Daytona sweep for 2014.  

It is certainly possible.

Dale Jr. spent part of today filming a commercial for next year's Daytona 500.  Along the way he took the time to do this:
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In his way, however, are 42 other drivers, any one of whom could burst that bubble and walk away with their own victory.  Things change in an instant at Daytona, and a driver who is leading one lap can be running 25th a lap later, with very little little actually happening to his car.  If a driver loses the draft, makes a move into the wrong lane, or simply lets up on the gas for a split second, he can be "running backward" or losing spots within seconds.

The draft has always been a big part of Daytona, and now that the "two car tango" is a thing of the past (thank God) we can see the draft masters at their very best.  It was said that Dale Earnhardt Sr. could "see" the air, and judging by the way he drove a car in the draft, that statement doesn't seem too far off.  The generation of drivers now on the track seem to have learned from Sr. and many can be seen side drafting as well as bump drafting and nose to tail.  It isn't just an Earnhardt thing any more.

The Nationwide race runs tonight, on ESP2, starting at 7:50 pm ET.  Tomorrow's Sprint Cup race, the Coke Zero 400, is slated to start at 7:49 pm ET (ya gotta love those times), on TNT.  For those of you in Canada, this means you are stuck watching on TSN, with the same boring commercials repeating every break. I absolutely cannot wait until next year when NBC becomes involved in the sport.

Jamie McMurray was the fastest in practce yesterday, with the second practice being cancelled.  That meant some of the drivers we expect to see up front, weren't.  Dale Jr. was only 32nd fastest.  However, as I said above, all of that can change in a flash.

By now it should be obvious to you that I'm picking Dale Jr to sweep at Daytona this year.  But what about you?

Who ya got?
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7/9/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'll cover this more when I get to TWIN for the week, but two newsworthy items today:

 
Kurt Busch was docked 10 points, and Gene Haas was also docked 10 Driver/Owner points, and Kurt's crew chief was fined $10K for the all encompassing "actions detrimental....."  There was an irregularity found on his car (the track bar or panhard bar) which was found to be outside the measurements allowed.  He drops from 24th to 26th in points.
 
The group of smaller teams, with only single car entries have formed a consortium of sorts.  They can work together the same way the big guys do.

7/7/14   |   JenX63   |   32816 respect

I've watched and watched that first wreck, and honestly, it just looked like someone, LaBonte, maybe spun his tires. I know the guys get hot when they are taken out early, but I didn't see anything intentional. imo

In other Nascar news news, looks like some teams have formed some sort of conglomerate to discuss "things". You can find it somewhere where they talk about Nascar stuff, I'm just to lazy to find it again and link it here. 

7/7/14   |   JenX63   |   32816 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I watched it all.  I didn't have to be at work at golf course until later, so saw the whole thing.  Disappointing?  That's putting it mildly.  It's July, and there are always thunderstorms around Daytona.  

The wrecks were typical Daytona wrecks,  but the muddy infield made things worse, as it always does in July.

I wasn't entertained at all.  Congrats to Aric, who would not have won if the race had continued.

Are we related? :D

7/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I watched it all.  I didn't have to be at work at golf course until later, so saw the whole thing.  Disappointing?  That's putting it mildly.  It's July, and there are always thunderstorms around Daytona.  

The wrecks were typical Daytona wrecks,  but the muddy infield made things worse, as it always does in July.

I wasn't entertained at all.  Congrats to Aric, who would not have won if the race had continued.

7/6/14   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84441 respect

JenX63 wrote:
To say I am disappointed is really putting it rather mildly. The announcers really have nothing and try to make something. Winning under caution in the rain and making it seem like dude crossed the finish line in a "real" race, well boo to them. Congrats to a dude that probably wouldn't of won any other way. Nascar must of been having fits not getting the finish they would of liked to orchestrate.

I saw maybe a handful of laps to the probably most disappointing race.  I guess I didn't miss anything, I hope there isn't any others like this.

7/6/14   |   JenX63   |   32816 respect

To say I am disappointed is really putting it rather mildly. The announcers really have nothing and try to make something. Winning under caution in the rain and making it seem like dude crossed the finish line in a "real" race, well boo to them. Congrats to a dude that probably wouldn't of won any other way. Nascar must of been having fits not getting the finish they would of liked to orchestrate.

7/6/14   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84441 respect

JenX63 wrote:
My updater said Stenhouse made contact with Gordon and Stewart and melee insued. Not sure if that is right, but I see a lot of the big names are out of contention. :(

Thanks Jen :)  and then the Big One happens and takes out a lot of other big names and as I thought the rain came while under caution ….  Congrats to Aric Almirola !

7/6/14   |   JenX63   |   32816 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
I just woke up, who caused the 1st wreck?

My updater said Stenhouse made contact with Gordon and Stewart and melee insued. Not sure if that is right, but I see a lot of the big names are out of contention. :(

7/6/14   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84441 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I got something else to do...:(
So  if someone could post updates, it would be greatly appreciated....

I just woke up, who caused the 1st wreck?

7/6/14   |   JenX63   |   32816 respect

I got something else to do...:(
So  if someone could post updates, it would be greatly appreciated....

7/5/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Welp, so much for the night racing  sad

Race has been postponed to bright and early (at least here) Sunday morning, due to heavy rains.  

I should get to see most of it before work at the golf course :)

7/5/14   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84441 respect

JenX63 wrote:
There's just something about night racing. I love it!

You and me both !!

7/5/14   |   JenX63   |   32816 respect

There's just something about night racing. I love it!

7/5/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I worked too late to see any of the race last night, but did catch some pics and vids when I got home.  Kasey Kahne pulled off the victory by .021 seconds, over teammate Regan Smith.  Regan takes over the Nationwide points lead by virtue of the second place finish!