Saturday, February 14, 2009

Racing at Daytona

Today was an amazing day at the track. My Uncle Charlie, Aunt Tiffany, and I headed to Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300. Even though Dale Jr didn’t lead any laps, it was still exciting. Seeing Brad Keselowski and Brian Vickers leading was amazing. I thought either of them would win, but I was wrong. In his first start for Hendrick Motorsports, Tony Stewart started 5th and ended up taking the Checkered flag. He withstood a last-lap charge by Kyle Busch and then kept Carl Edwards behind him. I’m sure this was a great victory for Tony, who will have to start in rear of the field with his driver Ryan Newman, in tomorrow’s Daytona 500.

In NASCAR Sprint Cup Happy Hour today, Newman lost a right rear tire off turn 2 as the tire exploded, tearing the fender off. Newman spun and into the wall. Tony Stewart was behind Newman and slid sideways into Newman. Reed Sorenson, driver of the #43 McDonald’s Dodge Charger, was the fastest in final practice session before the Daytona 500.

Now, I will not be going to the 500 tomorrow which makes me very sad, however, I have enjoyed seeing the Gatorade Duels, Camping World Series Truck Race, and the Nationwide Series race today. I sure did pick a great weekend to come down.