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"Monday Morning Roundup (2/1)"
Posted by martin-n-rusty on February 1, 2010
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- A Wreckfest at the Toyota All-Star Showdown

15 Cautions for a 225 lap event? Did someone download Nascar Racing 2003 Season and tinker with the AI to make it a wreckfest? The average speed was lower than the speed limit on most highways! Sure the racing was entertaining, and I love it when drivers do have that fire to try for a win, but that many cautions... wow.

Also to note, I did note a few people complain about Joey Logano and David Gilliand (current/recent Cup drivers), but honestly, I would not complain about it. A few Cup drivers in a race featuring lower level drivers is fine. Imagine being able to say to your grand kids that you raced against a Cup driver, and a top one at that (if Joey Logano pans out). As long as Cup drivers don't decide to fill up half the field like they do right now to the Nationwide "Cup" Series, I am absolutely ok with Logano doing that.

Also keep note of Sergio Pena. A 16 year old running like that? I see nothing but good things if he can race like that.

- 24 Hours of Daytona won by a first year team

A first year team in any top series having any kind of success is impressive. Going to a 24 hour endurance race, basically going for what was supposed to be a test run, and winning it. That is nothing short of miraculous. Very impressive by Action Express Racing, Joao Barbosa, Ryan Dalziel, Terry Borcheller, and Mike Rockenfeller for winning the 24 Hours of Daytona.

- Danica Patrick will run 12-13 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.

In my opinion, Danica is nothing more than a middle of the road driver in the IRL. Now that, of course, is not to say that could be the case for the 12 or 13 races Danica decides to run. She could end up finding Stock Cars to be her cup of tea rather than open wheel Indy Cars, or more than likely, find that Stock Cars should be something she should stay away from like the plague. It will be interesting to watch how she does. I guess she will DNF a few races, probably 3 or 4, but also be in the Top 10, or running for it in 3 or 4 races as well.

- Felix Sabates, please shut your mouth.

In an interview, Felix Sabates decided to tee off on the entire state of Michigan, saying since the economy in that state is in such poor shape, NASCAR should just dump Michigan. I have family that lives in Michigan (no more than a half hour from Detroit no less), and yes, they tell me the economic situation in that area is pretty crappy, however, Michigan has been good to NASCAR, and some manufacturers (Ford, Dodge, Chevy) view that race like the teams view Charlotte, and consider it a homecoming race. Sabates should also realize NASCAR is trying to get back fans, and trashing them, especially in an area where the economy is not good at all, is certainly not any way to make sure MIS is as full as possible come June and August. Sabates eventually apologized for his comments, but Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya will definitely be getting boos they do not deserve.

- Also to note

Within the next week or so, before the Daytona 500, I will try and compile my list of how I think the points will finish for the 2010 season in NASCAR.

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