Danica Patrick finished 6th place at the ARCA race at Daytona. Considering everything, she didn't do too badly, even made a nice save when she and Nelson Piquet "Wannabe" (as I call Nelson Jr.) got together. We will still have to wait and see if this could be a sign of things to come for her driving stock cars, or if this was an aberration, but that still isn't too bad of a race for her. The only thing bad for her was that she seemed a bit tentative when it came to bump drafting (as I would expect most noobs in stock cars at Daytona to be), and other drafting moves however.
- Harvick wins the Budweiser Shootout
Right now, as I am going over some forums, people are complaining that the race was, as advertised as supposed to finish under a green flag, and I can understand that, but it is an exhibition race, so I myself don't find it a big deal. The race in general. The first segment was sort of a snoozer, but I expected it to be, since I figured it would be nothing more than a practice session. The second segment was filled with some good racing, but nothing that I will remember for years to come. Carl Edwards dominated early, fell behind later when the racing got going, then got caught up on a lap 75 crash. Congrats to Kevin Harvick for winning the Shootout.
- Martin finally wins a Daytona 500... pole
We all know about Mark Martin's Daytona 500 drought, but in qualifying, Mark Martin won a pole, his first at Daytona for the 500. The nature of restrictor plate racing pretty much means that it does not matter where you start, unlike short tracks or such, but still, that has to be a good positive.
- My Picks for the Daytona 500
I will make my picks for the next race after each previous race is over (next Monday's blog will contain the picks for California, then the next one after that for Las Vegas, and so on). I will use the Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR setup, and will provide a link to my team so everyone can see my progress.
My Pick 'em page for Fantasy NASCAR
Daytona 500 Picks
Since qualifying goes for over a week, qualifying does not count for points, and I am allowed to make picks up to the day of the race (though I will make my picks now).
A-List (one pick)
Mark Martin - Most of the A-List picks I would probably feel comfortable putting into a hat, and picking blindfolded, but I feel that its about time that Mark Martin finally gets that Daytona 500 win, something my driver I rooted for growing up, Rusty Wallace, was never able to experience.
B-List (two picks)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - If he gets his head out of his butt, and races like the old Dale Jr., he should be a huge threat to win the race. Time to bring back that tear he was on for most of the early part of the 00's
Joey Logano - The 500 (and most restrictor plate races) usually have drivers finish in spots they usually do not finish in as often as they do, and I do believe that Logano will eventually be good. He might be around the Top 20 in points by my predictions for this season, this could be one of the 7 or 8 Top 10s he could earn.
C-List (one pick)
A.J. Allmendinger - If it wasn't for being outside the Top 35, I might feel more confident picking Michael Waltrip, but I will play it safe for now and pick Allmendinger (who I think should be B-List, and not C-List).
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