The 35-year-old American ended up finishing 35th in Sunday’s 200-lap race at the Daytona International Speedway.
And then, nearly as lively as two decades ago, there was celebration.
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“I’ve learned that I need to calm myself down and not be so aggressive making moves”, Harvick said.
The Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of stock vehicle racing, and should not be a place for aging part-time drivers to be on the same track as the most accomplished racers in the world. I’m really proud of that. The Daytona 500 has more than earned its reputation as the most prestigious race in NASCAR – and part of that allure, even if it’s a bit darker to consider, is because of all the wrecks.
“Wow, that makes you feel good”, he said.
On Sunday, Earnhardt will start the Daytona 500 in the 14th row. That’s not a common feat considering the last driver to win two-straight Daytona 500’s was Sterling Marlin in 1994 and 1995.
Eddie Wood, a co-owner in the race team, was back at the track following a heart procedure in December.
Wallace, the first black driver in the Daytona 500 field since 1969, finished second in a 1-2 finish for Chevrolet and Childress’ engine program.
It’s known as the Super Bowl of racing and The Great American Race. It was just situational that I felt I had to get down on his door as hard as I could right when I did, or he was going to win the race. We’re due. … You try to have a strategy to avoid (the big one).
The rapid driver turnover has created a 40-car field that includes six drivers under age 30 in the first eight spots.
And then came the Xfinity Series race on Saturday in which NASCAR called a penalty on Elliott Sadler and Chase Elliott for locking bumpers down the backstretch.
The NASCAR world is remembering legendary racer Dale Earnhardt Sr. on the 17th anniversary of his fatal crash in 2001 and lone win at the Daytona 500 in 1998. But he was definitely energized as he got the race started.
“I wanted to win the Daytona 500”.
“They’re great entertainers. We’ve seen them in concert before”, she said.
He founded Phoenix Air, headquartered at the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport in Atlanta, and mostly services the government. We’ve been in position the last few years, and it hasn’t come together.
Thompson, divorced with two adult children, was caught up in one of the fiery wrecks late in the ARCA opener and is at peace with his decision to retire. I’m not a slacker. I’ve learned there are a time and place for things.