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 Posted: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012 09:33 pm
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Tony Stewart won the first Dual race... Danica was in a bad crash during the final lap. It looked terrible, but thankfully she is ok.




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 Posted: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012 09:55 pm
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Matt Kenseth takes the second duel.

Lots of cars overheating it seems, especially after pit stops.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 24th, 2012 09:07 am
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From yahoo.com



The field for the 54Daytona International Speedway.
Row 1 - Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle - Roush Fenway Racing teammates Edwards and Biffle captured the front row on Sunday, February 19th; neither driver has won the Daytona 500.
Row 2 - Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth - Stewart, the 2011 Sprint Cup champ, has won other races at Daytona, but never the 500. Kenseth was the 2009 winner of the Daytona 500.

Row 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Regan Smith - Earnhardt Jr. won the "Great American Race" in 2004. Smith finished seventh in last year's 500 after starting fifth.
Row 4 - Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson - Ambrose's best 500 finish was 17th in 2009. Johnson won the Daytona 500 in 2006, giving Hendrick Motorsports its sixth win in the race.
Row 5 - Michael McDowell and Elliott Sadler - McDowell and his teammates finished third in this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Sadler finished second in the 2002 Daytona 500 while driving for Wood Brothers Racing.
Row 6 - Robby Gordon and Joey Logano - Gordon's best Daytona 500 finish was sixth in 2003. Logano finished third in last year's July race at Daytona.
Row 7 - Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch - Burton won the pole for the 2006 Daytona 500. Busch showed some skill as he clinched the victory in the 2012 Bud Shootout on February 18th, saving the #18 twice from certain doom.
Row 8 - AJ Allmendinger and Jeff Gordon - Allmendinger already has one win at Daytona this year, in the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Gordon has three wins on the high banks of Daytona: 1997, 1999 and 2005.
Row 9 - Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman - Harvick won the 2007 Daytona 500, six years to the day of his predecessor Dale Earnhardt's death at the track. Newman won the 500 in 2008 as a member of Penske Racing.
Row 10 - Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne - in 2010, McMurray won both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. Kahne's best Daytona 500 finish is seventh, in both 2007 and 2008.
Row 11 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Mark Martin - Stenhouse Jr., 2011 Nationwide Series champ, starts just his second Sprint Cup race. Martin finished second to Harvick in 2007, one of the closest finishes in Daytona 500 history at 0.020 seconds.
Row 12 - Brad Keselowski and Dave Blaney - Keselowski has made just two starts in the 500, with finishes of 36th and 29th. Blaney's best 500 finish was 14th in 2005.
Row 13 - David Ragan and Martin Truex Jr. - Ragan earned his first Cup Series win in the July race in Daytona last year. Truex Jr. won the pole for the 2009 Daytona 500 and had a career-best finish of sixth one year later.
Row 14 - Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch - Almirola finished 30th in his only previous Daytona 500 start in 2009. Busch has finished second in the 500 twice: 2005 and 2008.
Row 15 - Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer - this will be Patrick's first Sprint Cup Series start. Bowyer finished fourth in the 500 twice (2009 and 2010).
Row 16 - Denny Hamlin and Bobby Labonte - Hamlin won the Bud Shootout at Daytona in his rookie year, 2006. Labonte swept the pole positions for both Daytona races in 1998, finishing second in both races.
Row 17 - David Gilliland and Joe Nemechek - Gilliland finished third in the 2011 Daytona 500. Nemechek finished sixth in the 2004 Daytona 500, his best finish at the track.
Row 18 - Juan Pablo Montoya and Casey Mears - Montoya finished sixth in last year's Daytona 500. Mears finished second in the 2006 Daytona 500.
Row 19 - Paul Menard and David Reutimann - Menard has four previous Daytona 500 starts with a best finish of ninth in 2011. Reutimann finished fifth in the 2010 Daytona 500, his best finish to date.
Row 20 - Landon Cassill and Trevor Bayne - this will be Cassill's first Daytona 500 start. Bayne made history as the youngest winner of the Daytona 500 when he shocked the field in 2011.
Row 21 - David Stremme and Tony Raines - this is Stremme's first Daytona 500 since 2009. Raines starts his first Daytona 500 since 2007.
Row 22 - Terry Labonte - Labonte makes his 30th start in the "Great American Race" this year.



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Row 7 - Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch - Burton won the pole for the 2006 Daytona 500. Busch showed some skill as he clinched the victory in the 2012 Bud Shootout on February 18th, saving the #18 twice from certain doom.

My 2 favorite drivers,FWIW.:)

I wonder if there is an over/under on how many laps Terry Labonte bothers to run this time before parking for the day,as he parked for no reason at all in the 150's yesterday after a whopping 12 whole laps.  Now let it be said I like Labonte and was a fan of his when he was a full time driver back in the day,but the whole "past champions" provisional that he took to get an undeserving part time team into the race is just a bunch of bullshit in my book and deprives full time drivers or race teams the chance to compete,and quite frankly waters down the field,but I guess it's NASCARs show they can hoojigger it however they want to.

Also wondering if there is an over/under on how long they go before the first crash,and how long before "the big one",you have to know they are both going to happen,it's just a matter of when and to whom.



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katook wrote:
Row 7 - Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch

I wonder if there is an over/under on how many laps Terry Labonte bothers to run this time before parking for the day,as he parked for no reason at all in the 150's yesterday after a whopping 12 whole laps.  Now let it be said I like Labonte and was a fan of his when he was a full time driver back in the day,but the whole "past champions" provisional that he took to get an undeserving part time team into the race is just a bunch of bullshit in my book and deprives full time drivers or race teams the chance to compete,and quite frankly waters down the field,but I guess it's NASCARs show they can hoojigger it however they want to.


Terry will run the entire race Sunday, or at least until something happens to his car. He parked it yesterday because there was NO REASON to stay out there. He was locked into the race, his team doesn't have a lot of money, it would be damned foolish to stay out there and try to win a meaningless race and possibly destroy your car when you didn't have to when you aren't one of the major teams with unlimited funds and equipment..



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Yeah, NASCAR fucked the 125s with the 36 franchises.  Instead of racing for 30 spots in the 500 everyone was racing for 2 per race...



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Figured I'd share this. It's a comparison of the 2012 Cup Fusion vs next year's Cup Fusion..my buddy John worked and help design this thing, I said it before but he told me for a year "This is the real deal" and the pictures looked good but seeing it here, MAN this is a sweet ride. Next year is going to be a LOT of fun, we're gonna have some real brand competition back!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vNdRkFxPJJY



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 Posted: Fri Feb 24th, 2012 09:13 pm
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What that means is that if Ford starts to win too many races the Chevy guys will whine,and if Chevy starts to win too much the Ford guys will whine,then the Toyota gang and the Dodge gang will want to whine and NASCAR will start changing the rulebook every 3rd week or so.



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katook wrote:
What that means is that if Ford starts to win too many races the Chevy guys will whine,and if Chevy starts to win too much the Ford guys will whine,then the Toyota gang and the Dodge gang will want to whine and NASCAR will start changing the rulebook every 3rd week or so.
GOOD. That's what I want, that's what made Nascar great up until about 10 years ago..the manufacturer whining rocks!



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Danica won the pole position for tomorrow's Nationwide race. Color me impressed, not something I thought she could realistically do.



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I would like to have Danica sitting on my pole position!!!:D heh heh heh

Danica can drive a racecar,people can bitch about her taking advantage of her looks and gender and they may or may not be justified,but if you watch her race she can drive the hell out of a car,and she rarely causes wrecks and stays out of trouble unless she gets caught up in someone elses doings.



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Danica's a good driver and nothing more.  If it weren't for her looks she wouldn't be getting near the press she does.  Even with a decided weight advantage in open wheel racing she's won 1 race in her IRL career and that one was a fluke.  I see her having real trouble running a full NASCAR schedule.  I think she'll be worn out by the end of the year and lucky to see the top 20.



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JOpiela wrote:  Even with a decided weight advantage in open wheel racing she's won 1 race in her IRL career and that one was a fluke. 

I dunno, HCN was running the same strategy and couldn't make it work.  Danica has significant race smarts on ovals, she can be uncompetitive all day and when you see the results she's 4th or so.  Lousy on road courses though.



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OK, that's two teams that failed using lighter weight drivers.  At best she'd come in top 10 but rarely challenged for wins much less championships.  Now she has to steer a heavier car in constant traffic for a whole year.  She'll also be a whole lot worse on the road courses in NASCAR.  She was great for sponsors in IRL because she could be near the top but I don't think her good luck will transfer to NASCAR.  Her best bet was to stay in open wheel racing.
kargol wrote: JOpiela wrote:  Even with a decided weight advantage in open wheel racing she's won 1 race in her IRL career and that one was a fluke. 

I dunno, HCN was running the same strategy and couldn't make it work.  Danica has significant race smarts on ovals, she can be uncompetitive all day and when you see the results she's 4th or so.  Lousy on road courses though.



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JOpiela wrote:
Danica's a good driver and nothing more.  If it weren't for her looks she wouldn't be getting near the press she does.  Even with a decided weight advantage in open wheel racing she's won 1 race in her IRL career and that one was a fluke.  I see her having real trouble running a full NASCAR schedule.  I think she'll be worn out by the end of the year and lucky to see the top 20.


Pretty sure the IRL changed their weight rules a few years ago...a few guys complained after Danica's first or second year so they made each car meet a minimum weight with the driver in it, just like Nascar does..



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