NASCAR’s needed some new storylines for some time now.
Last year showed promise, starting in Daytona with rookie Trevor Bayne putting the legendary #21 Wood Brothers Ford back in Victory Lane for the first time this millennium…and ending with one Brad Keselowski winning the Cup in one of the closest Chases in years.
But there was also the question of the cars themselves…the Car of Tomorrow looked like a generic blob instead of, well, a stock car…like the car you drive to work. NASCAR finally addressed that issue and beginning today, you can actually tell a Ford Fusion from a Toyota Camry from a Chevrolet SS.
What’s a Chevrolet SS?
Their new rear-wheel-drive sports sedan, coming to market later this year. More here.
Jimmie Johnson drove one to the Checkered Flag today at the Daytona 500, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr, Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman.
Danica Patrick – criticized as being the eye candy who can never finish a race – won the pole position, ran near the front all day long, and finished 8th.
The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s “big game”…kicking off a 36-week race schedule that covers all kinds of different race tracks…one-mile, mile-and-a-half, short tracks, two road courses and the restrictor plate spectacles we’ve come to know as Daytona and Talladega.
Each style of track requires a different car set-up and different driving techniques. For this reason alone, you can’t tell a lot from today’s results. Give it a few weeks and hopefully we’ll be seeing some new and exciting storylines.
Can Junior ever be competitive?
Can Danica win?
Can Brad Keselowski repeat as champion?
Just the fact that the cars look like cars again has to account for something.
We shall see.
Video and more from NASCAR here.
And here’s a taste of the very first Daytona 500.