Monday, February 10, 2003

Nascar Looming on the Horizon

The racing season officially opens with the Daytona 500 this Sunday, February 16, but the week before will and has been very busy. Last Saturday night, the Bud Shootout was held. Geoffrey Bodine picked and got the pole position but true to his ever-dwindling driving skills, ended up in last place. At least he did not wreck anybody.

The two who were in last place and next to last place -- placed first and second respectively – Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon. It was a good race as both had good cars, and with Ryan Newman’s help with drafting – first with one and then the other, kept the crowd roaring as to who would win.

I think Junior and Jeff Gordon will be right up there in the points this year, along with Newman, Kenseth and of course, the bad boy, Stewart. Then maybe this will be year for Mark Martin.

One surprise was Ken Schrader in the 49 car that Shawna used to drive. Strange to see it up there in the front of the pack.

As to the Daytona 500 itself, unless there is the big one (which WILL happen) one of the best will win. However, it may go like last year and the year before when Ward Burton won and Michael Waltrip won (their first wins to the Daytona 500). It should be a good race, but I wish they get rid of the 11-gallon tank restriction and, of course, the restrictor plates. That is why the Big One happens because everyone is going the same speed, and the cars are all bunched up. Then some idiot (usually a Bodine) does something stupid; hits one car and then the dominoes fall.

As for rookie of the year, it will probably be a race between Jack Sprague and Greg Biffle – with Biffle winning it. Of course, there is also Jamie McMurray who performed great at the end of last year.

Gentlemen start your engines!

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