Monday, January 22, 2018

Speedweek Notes From JD Green

Sprint Unlimited – my personal opinion is nineteen cars was not enough. Racing was good but the unfortunate accident out of turn 2 took out one of our local favorite drivers. It was cold in the grandstands but three layers kept that from being totally uncomfortable.

UNOH Battle of the Beach – The track was too tight, nice long straights, too tight of turns. When we got there the modifieds were practicing and coming almost to a complete stop in the turns only to drag race down the straights. I can at least now say I have driven on the Daytona track as we had to cross the track and park in the grass in turn 1 and 2. Of course that conjured up memories of watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. drive through the grass a few years back and not lose control. For those watching the broadcast the move by Kyle Larson would have earned a penalty (black flag) at most short tracks in this country, not only was it a bush league move but it should be penalized as rough driving. Because of the tight track we elected to stay on the beach on Tuesday and watch the race in the timeshare.

Duels – Racing was interesting to say the least. Only three drivers were experimenting with their cars and finding out what they could do – Tony Stewart, Jimmy Johnson, and Clint Bowyer. Everyone else seemed to be satisfied with running in a pack and selecting the line which moved the best. Would not be surprised if one of those three won the race, even though Harvick has looked strong all week.

Truck Race – Very disappointing finish as the late crash robbed the fans of an exciting finish. Oh well, listening to James Buescher most interesting, when he would let off the gas the motor initially would race to 5500 RPM, by the time he got to the pit and the crew changed the carburetor, the motor was revving to 8500 RPM. He definitely did not want to push anyone. Congrats Johnny Sauter.

Kansas City has made the national news down here all week, from the JJ Restaurant explosion to the snow. Get well Mike Tanner. Today’s Daytona weather 87 degrees and sunny. Tomorrow a chance of rain, they expect it to move in tonight and out by race time, let’s hope. Time to head to the track for the Nationwide race.

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