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 Bayneâ€™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 â€˜Great American Raceâ€™. 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.
For my story on east Tennessean Trevor Bayneâ€™s Daytona 500 win please visit TennesseeRacer.com http://tennesseeracer.com/?p=1415
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