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Sunday was a great day for NASCAR

By admin | February 21, 2011

By Richard Allen


For a sport that needed a revitalization, NASCAR got one on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway. Trevor Bayne’s win in the Daytona 500 gave fans and media alike something new, exciting and refreshing to talk about.

Instead of expressing dislike for the Chase for the Championship, the Car of Tomorrow, the top-35 rule or points racing, fans could talk about the emergence of an invigorating character with plenty of personality. At the same time, those who have followed racing for many years could rejoice in the fact that one of the legendary teams in the sport took a triumphant ride back to victory lane.

For at least a week there will not be so much focus on television ratings and ticket sales. There is just talk of on-track excitement and post-race joy.

There has been very little discussion since the 500 regarding the style of racing and whether the 2X2 formations were good or bad. The word boring has hardly been said in the first full day after a NASCAR race and that is a bit of a victory for the somewhat beleaguered sanctioning body.

Record numbers of lead changes and cautions made for both an exciting and unique ‘Great American Race’. In turn, there were no second guessed debris cautions to take attention away from the race. And thankfully, there were no potholes on Sunday either.

NASCAR needed such a day and it is good that the focus of the week after is not on the negative but on the positive. Trevor Bayne and the Wood Brothers brought a bright light to a sport that has seen is share of darkness of late. Hopefully, such days will continue.

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3 Responses to “Sunday was a great day for NASCAR”

  1. Joe W. Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I agree with is article 100%!! Great job by Trevor and the Wood Brothers and everyone at Ford racing. I loved it!!

  2. Bob Tanner Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Seeing Bayne win was an obvious boost for NASCAR. BUT, Jamie McMurray’s win last year, in what was probably the best Daytona 500 actual racing of the decade, was too. Then what happened? Same old NASCAR. The races reverted back to marathon events with drivers motoring around just looking for “A good points day,” on the way to the playoffs. Oh, ocassionally racing actually broke out some weekends but it was usually the exception rather than the norm. Until NASCAR makes it advantageous for a driver to race to win and not just have a top ten finish, one great race finish will not a good season make.

  3. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I think the Bayniac stirred NASCAR out of its coma and I feel that he shocked the World like the day Derrike Cope and Bob Whitcombe from Macon,GA had Upset on the Mind in 90 and I feel that next year, it would be Manical if Bayne didn’t win the 500 as Right Here, Right Now, there ain’t no other Qualified Driver to inherit Mark’s Old Seat and Dale’s Big Brown Truck!