Well, we have seen some drama over the past couple of weeks.
First we have Kurt Busch nailing the first two non-points races of the season. Surely a statement of intent from the new Double Deuce. Penske obviously hungry to capitalise on their Nationwide success of 2010. Then we are witness to a crazy Daytona 500, one that is imprinted in history and could be noteworthy race in future championships to come for one man.
74 lead changes, 22 different leaders, 16 cautions, the youngest ever Daytona 500 winner and the second driver to walk away from the first race of the season without the points lead only gives you a snippet into what this years Daytona 500 was all about. Trevor Bayne has added his name to list of heroic figures who?ve carried the #21 into victory lane in NASCAR?s most prestigious race. Lund, Yarborough, Foyt, Pearson, Bayne. Is this kid destined for greatness like the names mentioned before him? Like Logano, he has his youth, great talent, and an experienced organisation behind him. This could the start of something big for Bayne.
But we all have our bad days, as Bayne experienced this week at Phoenix. In a race which probably should?ve seen Carl Edwards or Kyle Busch win, they were both somewhat involved in a smash to rival any Talladega Big One, leaving most drivers frustrated at what could?ve been a bounce-back day from Daytona.
But points don?t matter yet. Unless you are 30th or below after about 5 or so races, you have nothing to worry about. Denny Hamlin was 21st after 2 races and 19th after 5 races in 2010 and still managed to end up fighting for the title. Your Allmendingers, your Gillilands, and (unfortunately) your Labontes will not be in the Chase come the fall Richmond race, so there is no need to worry about an anything yet (I could, of course, be outrageously mistaken).
Speaking of points, here?s the old points vs. new points, definitely showing differences between old and new, but is the new system justified? Judge for yourself:
I?ll try to post this every week, to see how we compare throughout the season. Incidentally, under the old system, Trevor Bayne would be 16th with 233 points, more than what Dale Jr.(230), Bowyer (199), Biffle (161) and Burton (145) would have.
And a final interesting fact courtesy of racing-reference.info? Only six people have completed all laps in the first two races of this season (520): The Busch Brothers, Allmendinger, Stewart, Martin and Truex, Jr. Martin hasn't led a lap this year yet, Truex, Jr hasn?t finished in the top 10 yet and none of these drivers have won. Yet.
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