Daytona 500 Results

Congrats to Jimmie Johnson! It wasn't even close to my hoped for outcome, but he's now a Daytona 500 champion. That's a pretty durned exclusive group! At least now he'll have to park that winning car for a year at Daytona USA. ;-)

Here are the unofficial race results (courtesy of NASCAR) and the race coverage from washingontonpost.com.

What else can I say, watching from the grandstand in the Daytona Superstretch: It was cold and mistly. My favorite driver lost favor (to put it in the nicest terms) with the fans for tripping up Jeff Gordon early and Matt Kenseth midway through.

Fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. were disappointed -- that seems to be about half of the fan base -- by his seventh-place finish. They're blaming Tony Stewart, too. What can I say? It's hard to defend the way he drove. The way he came down on Kenseth, whoops! In my heart, I can't believe he would do that on purpose, but I'm eating crow tonight.

It's been a logistical nightmare getting from the infield, back to my Superstretch seat, and back again. Sorry the blog has been dark so long today. I had no wifi, no working mobile phone coverage. I'll freeform in my next entry and tell you all about the great fans and great times we had, despite the chilly, misty weather.

Back in a flash with more.

By Mike Snyder |  February 19, 2006; 7:30 PM ET  | Category:  News/Results
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That's a very nice, and very understated way to put it re: Tony. (Note my twin sister is a huge Kenseth fan and was incensed; I was a huge Tony fan until he has lately become too close to GWB - - IMHO the Worst President Ever). Is it possible that NASCAR pulled a truly fast one and switched drivers & teams during the race? I've watched every race & every lap since '97 and cannot honestly remember such an odd turn of events. Sorry for Kurt Busch, that was lousy driving by McMurray, but he did get his just deserts a few laps later. As much grief as the Shrub might get for his comments post-race, I tend to agree with him - let's just move on to the next race.

Posted by: Carey | February 19, 2006 09:28 PM

Tony Stewart didn't do anything that guys like Dale Sr., AJ Foyt, Lee Petty, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and thousands of drivers haven't been doing for 100 years.

Of course, he comes off as a bit of a hypocrite from those Words of Warning last week, but your typical World Class Race Car Driver has a monumental ego, unshakeable belief in himself to bend the world to his will and justify whatever means he needs to use to do it. An army of sycophants praising your every move and word reenforce that psychology.

The truly great drivers who are able to perform feats of real magic behind the wheel tend to go over the line from time to time, and to regularly be in trouble with sanctioning bodies and race officials.

I'm not excusing recklessness, but I am saying that it's the nature of the beast.

Personally, I was watching Tony when he was driving USAC sprint cars on ESPN a long time ago (and reading about it in National Speed Sport News and On Track), and he is what he is. I knew he'd do well in the IRL, and I knew he'd do well in NASCAR because he's got "it".

If I were a team owner, I'd want him behind the wheel of my car more than any other driver out there, period. He's this generation's Dale Earnhardt Sr.; I wonder how many people have figured that out yet?

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 09:07 AM

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