Speedweeks at Daytona Part II The Daytona 500 and Aftermath
What happened? Basicly it was the Daytona 500 with its hype and some of its glory, sure it was not the 1979 Daytona 500, but it was interesting and interesting to watch, for the most part, I liked it for restrictor plate racing anyway, I hate restrictor racing, but it was a good race beyond that. Not everyone enjoyed it and that doesn’t surprise me, also what was up with Tony Stewart? Interesting…
The ups: A competive race with lots of passing all over (Not for the lead), Kirt Shelmerdine in his own #27 ride, not only made the race, but after a group of Dale Earnhardt Sr. fans in the infield gave some money to Kirk for the tire bill, Kirk came back to finish in 20th position on the lead lap, great job, $272,008 dollar payday and some strong runs by Casey Mears and the highest rookie Clint Bowyer both finished in the top 10 with Mears in 2nd. My favorite driver, Dale Jr. finished 8th and after leading the most laps 6th in points.
The downs: the #48 team won the 500 in the same car that they altered and that NASCAR didn’t impound, lame penalities for junk driving and missed calls all together. Not much passing for the lead neither.
One big thing, I congrads Jimmie Johnson for winning the Daytona 500…with that said..
The Aftermath: I liked and totally agree with Marty Smith (NASCAR.com)”Message: Delivery Failed” that says it all, Knaus got a total of four race suspendition from NASCAR and $25,000 fine, but no point lost…what?? Even Barrier received got 4 races off, a fine and 25 points off,
Knaus, you got a gift, thats nothing for a penalty, for the advantage and the #48 team keeping there primary car too, delivery failed…
One Question: Windtunnel’s Question of Week was Should Knaus be suspended for Life? If not, what should his penilty be? My answer, not life, but more than 4 races, maybe a 18 races to a year or at least consitent with Barrier’s penalties plus more for not first time offense and that includes points off…
Closing Thoughts on the 2006 Daytona 500: Good American race with lots to talk about, great runs, but NASCAR not impounding the #48 car and then seeing the #48 team win in that primary car, that just wrong, all I can say, I can’t wait for California. Keep in mind of one thing, I am a huge NASCAR Nextel Cup Series fan and never miss a race and that above is my thoughts…think about that tonight.
Brian from Racedriven.com