By admin | February 25, 2012
By Richard Allen
Do you ever get the feeling that something is just inevitable? Does that particular something just seem bound to happen?
This is one of those times for me. I just have the feeling that the stars have aligned themselves in favor of Tony Stewart winning the Daytona 500 in 2012. While it certainly does not sound like Iâ€™m going very far out onto a limb by picking a three time and defending Sprint Cup champion who has already taken two checkered flags during SpeedWeeks, a look at the driverâ€™s record in this race indicates he has had less than the best of luck here.
Although Stewart has amassed six top-10s in â€˜The Great American Raceâ€™ during his career, including a 2nd place in 2004, he has also recorded five finishes of 20th or worse. Among those poor results are two 43rd place efforts. He has won the Coke Zero 400 event in July at the Daytona International Speedway three times.
Stewart and new crew chief Steve Addington seem to have clicked with each other immediately, producingÂ a 2nd placeÂ in the Bud Shootout last Saturday and the first of two Gatorade Duel races on Thursday.
And aside from that, Stewart seems to have reached a new level of focus. After barely making the Chase for the Championship in 2011, Stewart went on a tear the likes of which have rarely been seen in this sport by winning five of the final ten races on the schedule and claiming the Sprint Cup title.
Along with his recent success in NASCAR, Stewart won an All Star Circuit of Champions winged sprint car race at the Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia earlier this month. The reason for pointing that out is to show that this driver just seems to really be on top of his game right now.
I know it often works against the prognosticator to pick a driver who has had early success in SpeedWeeks. but this time I donâ€™t think that will be the case.
I believe Tony Stewart will win the Daytona 500. It just seems inevitable.
Since I reached my goal of 2,000 twitter followers before the Daytona 500, I am giving one person who correctly picks the winner of that race a prize of $75. Thanks to Chris Tilley(@tilleyracing) for his contribution of the extra $25.
Here are the rules and instructions for how you can participate in the contest:
1. You must be a twitter follower of @RacingWithRich to win.
2. You may only submit one entry. Submitting multiple entries willÂ result in disqualificationÂ from the contest.
3. Entries must be submitted between 8:00am(eastern) and 1:00pm(eastern) on Sunday(2-26-12).
4. Only entries directed to @RacingWithRich on Twitter using the hashtag #DaytonaRWR within the previously mentionedÂ times will be accepted.
5. In the event of multiple people selecting the same winning driver, a blind draw of those correct entries will be held to determine who gets the prize.
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