After a race with constantly changing leaders and the media’s infatuation with Danica Patrick (even during the race), Jimmie Johnson and his number 48 car won the race. Again, the superior driver Jimmie Johnson won and not Danica Patrick, the media darling, for this past Daytona 500 week.
Here’s are the top 10 things that spun Philly Fantasy Sports’ wheels about the 2013 Daytona 500:
- Jimmie Johnson is the man. He is the crowning achievement of Hendrick Motorsports as he has the patience and the skill to win races. And this is his second Daytona 500 win.
- Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sometimes being lucky is better than being good.
- Gen-6 Cars, Part I. They tend to overheat, as least the Toyota Camry’s. Some of the drivers had substantial engine problems.
- Gen-6 Cars, Part II. Bump-drafting doesn’t work well with these cars. These Gen-6 cars tend to have a loose rear. However, when paired up with patient (yet aggressive) drivers, their front aerodynamics are amazing as they can keep up to nearly 200 mph despite having damage, as Brad Keselowski’s number 2 Ford Fusion showed when paired up with Greg Biffle‘s number 16 Ford.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. He got second. It’s a start…now we have to see if he can finish the Sprint Cup series as well as he started. Or not.
- Car Manufacturers and Standings. Well, maybe it’s not a forecast of things to come or maybe it is…Ford Fusions and Chevrolet SS models dominated the top 10 in the Daytona 500.
- Carl Edwards. Looks like the beginning of a LONG season…
- Pre-Race Ceremony. The walkway was a bit over the top when introducing the drivers. Then there’s 50 Cent and NASCAR…
- Greg Biffle. Greg Biffle is so close yet so far yet again at Daytona International Speedway and more importantly, the Daytona 500.
- Car of Tomorrow (CoT). One thing that you can say about the Car of Tomorrow is that is FAR more durable than Gen-6 cars, but that’s my first impression anyhow. The Gen-6 cars get chewed up in wrecks, even minor ones or when trading paint.
Now onto Pheonix International Speedway for the next race in the Sprint Cup series…
- Jimmie Johnson wins Daytona 500; Danica Patrick eighth – USA TODAY (usatoday.com)
- 50 Cent helps NASCAR reach new audience (usatoday.com)
- Danica Patrick Becomes First Woman to Lead a Lap in the Daytona 500 (bleacherreport.com)
- Johnson wins Daytona 500; Danica finishes 8th (espn.go.com)
- Danica Patrick, first woman to lead a lap at Daytona 500 (cbsnews.com)