The red flags aside, this Daytona 500 was awesome. Actually I take that back. I didn’t mind the red flags. For one, I was at home sitting on my comfortable couch with snacks, and two, they got to interview the drivers which I always love. We should of been glad it was something fixable and not RAIN. Thank you.
I am so incredibly happy for Jamie McMurray. That was such an amazing ending to a crazy, long race. He leads just two laps and takes his place in history as a Daytona 500 winner in his first race with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing! Talk about redemption. From odd man out to freaking Daytona 500 winner. I love it, those are the best stories. And as if all of that wasn’t good enough, he was emotional in Victory Lane. I’m all for real, true emotion and it didn’t get any better than Jamie’s tears and his hugging of the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Trophy.
And then Dale Earnhardt Jr. *sigh* I love that guy. He kicked butt and drove from tenth to finish second. I’m so proud! I know he was disappointed that he came so close but he has nothing to feel bad about, he proved that he’s a racer and that he wants to win just as much as the next guy. BTW, I loved his interview with Marty Smith on ESPN, they showed it during the Nationwide race on Saturday. He doesn’t have to explain or justify himself to anyone!
I think it was in his interview with Jeff Hammond on FOX that he talked about marriage and how maybe it wasn’t for him and he wondered if fans could handle him having children without being married. I would like to go on record as saying that Dale has my permission to procreate with whomever he wants in wedlock or not. Again, he should live his life on his terms and everybody else can suck it.
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The 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year contenders Colin Braun, James Buescher, Parker Kllgerman, Brian Scott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pose in the media center before Thursday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at Daytona International Speedway. (Credit: by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow waves to fans in the stands before giving drivers the command to start their engines Thursday to start the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway. (Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, and his wife Chandra stand next to his car during the national anthem before the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. (Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
(Left to right) Tony Stewart stands in Daytona International Speedway's Victory Lane with car owners DeLana Harvick and Kevin Harvick. Kevin also finished third in the DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday. (Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Ladies, Nelson Piquet Jr. Hello!
Nelson Piquet Jr. prepares for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Piquet finished sixth in his first series start. (Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne signs autographs for fans during Daytona 500 final practice Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.(Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick, who was second-fastest behind fellow Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton in final practice, talks with MMA fighter Brock Lesnar in the garage during Daytona 500 final practice. (Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Tim McGraw performed a pre-race concert for the fans during his first trip to Daytona International Speedway.(Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jamie McMurray crosses the finish line .119 seconds ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.(Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team of Jamie McMurray celebrates their Daytona 500 win in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway. (Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)