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February 16, 2009 - Seth Staskey

Most who know me are well aware of the fact that I am far from a NASCAR fan, but I did watch most of Sunday's Daytona 500 on television. As a sports fan, I felt obligated to watch the Great American Race. Once I started watching, it wasn't too bad to be honest. It moved along quite well and had very few cautions until it was almost time for the severe weather to move in.

I may never understand why the sport of NASCAR puts its premier race and event (Daytona) as its kick-off race. I understand the weather in Florida is better, but it could start out west and save Daytona for later. I understand it will never change, but no one with any kind of NASCAR knowledge can give me a good reason other than "that's the way it's always been."

Anyway, Matt Kenseth got his first Daytona 500 win after 152 laps. Another problem I have is why don't you wait that rain out and finish the thing. Kenseth led exactly one lap and then when the red flag came out to stop the race he was leading, so he ended up hoisting the trophy. Doesn't seem right or fair, but I guess that's the nature of the beast.

I also believe that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is getting a bad wrap. I don't think he purposely started a wreck that involved no fewer than eight cars. People were suspecting he did that just so he could get back on the lead lap. I will say that Earnhardt needs to re-evaluate his pit crew. They struggled all week, including Sunday.

Anyway, if you missed the race this week, there's probably only 36 more weeks to go. Some, including myself, are wishing it was time for the chase.


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