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Daytona 500 2010 Style
February 16, 2010 - Al Stephenson
When spring rolls around here in our fair city of Tiffin, the usual number of winter weather created potholes show up. No big deal. They are to be expected.
When a pothole shows up on the track at the Daytona International Speedway - during the running of the Daytona 500 mind you - it is a big deal! That is exactly what happened Sunday in Nascar's feature event. A big failure for the racing industry? Well, it depends on who you talk to. The New York Times thought it was. I'm not so sure.
As I was watching the race and the first delay (over an hour and a half) took place, I suggested that I was glad I wasn't there. After the fix didn't work and a second delay of nearly 45 minutes rolled around, I was really glad that this was not my first Daytona 500 to see in person.
By the time the checkered flag waved and most people had moved on to something else, I was wishing I was there!
The racing was great and the finish was awesome. Would the wait have been difficult to endure? Sure it would have. It was tough on those of us who were watching on TV (though we did have the action at Pebble Beach to soothe our sports watching desires), but you cannot predict potholes. OK, Tiffin in the spring, but you get the idea.
Nascar had no way of knowing that a chunk of the pavement was going to break away. They did what they had to do, got it fixed, and had a rousing finish to placate the monstrous crowd that was on hand. The three tries at a green, white, checkered finish might be a bit much, but if Daytona was any indication, the racing in 2010 will be awesome.
The view from my seat (glued despite the pothole delay) sees a fabulous 2010 Nascar season ahead. A Junior bullrush through the field, crying in Victory Lane and a healthy dose of Danica - what more could you ask for?
As D.W. says. Let's go racing boys (and girls)!
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