After watching most of the race, it seemed to me Dale Jr. had the racers fire back in him. Sure, it is just Daytona, and Jr. is exceptional there, but if this is a sign of things to come, it might look my prediction of him making the chase might not be so far fetched.
- There were some power in cars that I did not expect
Granted, Kasey Kahne I would expect to do well, but that new Ford motor had both Elliott Sadler and A.J. Allmendinger trucking big time throughout the race. It was sad that Allmendinger had late trouble, but this has to put some confidence in that entire team that they can run with the leaders for a good bit of the race.
- Repave Daytona... NOW!!!
Yes, I realize that sometimes, potholes on the track can come up when you least expect it, but it being the biggest race of the year, you would think that NASCAR would try to avoid this. If ISC is smart, they are going to repave between now and the July race at Daytona, as I doubt anybody will want to watch a NASCAR race on the east coast until 2 in the morning.
- The racing was not bad at all.
When the track was not coming apart at Daytona, the racing to be had in the Cup cars was quite good, and a big wreck was not needed either to excite people. I kind of had the idea that the Bud Shootout last week was not going to be a sign of things to come, and the Duels, especially the second duel, was more of a indicator of how the race would look.
- Congrats to Jamie McMurray
Yes, its Daytona, and these fluky winners, and winners ones least expect do happen, but congrats to Jamie. This could be a start to something that I did not expect, or this could be nothing more than the lone bright spot in a bad season, like the past few 500 winners.
- Danica didn't do too bad again
Like the ARCA race, Danica Patrick performed about equal, maybe a little less to how she performed in the ARCA race, about mid-pack. Like before, she was a bit tentative on certain drafting moves, and she ended up getting caught up in a wreck that was not her fault at all. Well see how she does in California next week.
- Predictions for California
Reviewing my Daytona picks, I hit nicely picking Dale Jr. (finishing 2nd), and did all right with Mark Martin (12th), but sorta missed with Joey Logano (20th), and spun out with A.J. Allmendinger (32nd), but all drivers I picked did lead laps, and finished with 276 points. A good output, but I can do better.
Starting with California, All picks will include subs, which I can switch around if I feel necessary.
A List (2 picks)
Starter - Tony Stewart
Reserve - Jimmie Johnson
I could switch around these two, but after poor performances in the 500 (22nd for Stewart, 35th for Johnson), there is no way they will allow 2 bad performances in a row. I could switch around, but for now, I will keep this as my pick.
B List (4 picks)
Starters - Matt Kenesth, Brian Vickers
Reserves - Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer
Matt Kenesth looked strong here last season, and was pretty much Kenesth's last hurrah before having a mediocre season (by Kenesth standards), but I feel he should get a Top 10 this weekend. Brian Vickers usually performs well on 2 mile tracks like California, so unless he runs into trouble, I can't see Vickers not performing well here. Reserves were pretty much shots in the dark, but RCR did look strong in Daytona, so I have them on stand by in case something tells me to switch up one of the drivers.
C List (2 picks)
Starter - Sam Hornish Jr.
Reserve - Scott Speed
If it wasn't for a 9 time limit on using drivers, I probably would be picking A.J. Allmendinger for the entire season, but since I can use him only 9 times, I will save A.J. for future races. This is one I have a gut feeling I will be switching up before the green flag drops in California. Only reason I have Speed in the Reserve for now is because he is not guaranteed a starting spot. If he qualifies, I might switch up.
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