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    Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory in the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with wife Chandra and daughter Genevieve Marie Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)

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    Johnny Sauter, driver of the #98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, looks on before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: Tom Pennington/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    Danica Patrick (L), driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, talks with her parents T.J. (C) and Bev (R) in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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    Kevin Harvick (R), driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, poses with his wife DeLana (L) and son Keelan in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford, stands on the grid before the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    Tony Stewart, driver of the #33 Oreo/Ritz Chevrolet, poses with the trophy after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Duck Dynasty cast members (L-R) Kay Robertson, Willie Robertson and Korie Robertson speak to the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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    Actor James Franco speaks to the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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    Brad Keselowski (L), driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, poses with actor Bill Bellamy (middle) prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Target Mascot Bullseye stands in the garage area prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: Tom Pennington/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    Actor Drew Carey poses with Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Ford, prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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    Denny Hamlin (L), driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, talks to Rapper Clifford 'T.I.' Harris during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Singer/musician Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band performs the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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    Former NFL player Ray Lewis poses with the start flag for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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    Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson meets with Mark Martin, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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    Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, talks to Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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    Damage is seen on the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, driven by Kevin Harvick, following an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, hoists the Harley J. Earl trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

jimmie johnson won the daytona 500 and i don’t know what to tell you

Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 and in the distance I could hear the sound of the saddest trombone sighing “waaah, waaah, waaaaaaah.”

Jimmie is fine and all, and his daughter is a adorableness, and it was fun to see her in Victory Lane with him but I so longed for a different outcome to that race. I should of known when that first wreck happened early on in the race that it wasn’t going to be good ending. Too many great drivers got knocked out, plus they all started talking about Phoenix, so then I started thinking about Phoenix and I was already on to next week (almost) by the time we got to the final laps. Of course I still hoped that someone (Dale Jr., helooooo??) would make some crazy move to win it, but alas it wasn’t meant to be.

I really like the pre-race piece Fox did about Clint Bowyer. That was fun. Wish we could have that every week and it would be totally fine if they just followed Clint again, that guy is hilarious.

Oh and did anyone notice that when they talked to Kasey Kahne after the wreck at lap 33, he sounded pissed off and, like, normal?? :) I mean, when he usually talks he seems kind of, not meek, but just not very strong, but this time he did and I LIKED it. I would like to see that Kasey every weekend just without the crash.

I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to write about the accident that occurred on Saturday and all I can come up with is this: While we all hope & pray that those who were injured are eventually OK, and recent reports seem to indicate they will be, we need to remember that in the long-term, long after we’ve moved on from this event, they might not. Some of them might have injuries that will linger on for the rest of their lives and so it’s not enough to say “well the catchfence did it’s job.” I think we can and should do better.

3 Comments

  1. Melody
    February 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM ·

    On the other hand, there will be those who were only slightly injured Saturday who will be talking about this forever, about how they were ‘right there’ when that stuff flew over the catch fence. They will wear it like a badge of courage and tell the story over and over…and over. But so happy recent report, esp. about the little boy, are on the positive side.

    I had so hoped that Junior would draft with Danica at the end. A one-two finish by those two, in any order, would have pushed NASCAR’s popularity into the stratosphere! Instead, we got…well, we got Jimmie. Again. So boring….

  2. SumerKPurcell
    February 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM ·

    I swear you picked that article from my brain Vali! You are spot on and hilarious as usual.

  3. March 2, 2013 at 1:21 AM ·

    But did you see the Harlem Shake video that Jimmie and his crew did after winning the Daytona 500? If anything, I like him more because of it. It shows the guy has a personality we don’t see much of. I wish we could. I can like that Jimmie. It makes his winning more palatable.

    Considering he and Clint are supposedly pretty good friends, I shouldn’t be surprised. Like you said, Clint is hilarious!

    Jimmie wins because he’s that good. Like it or not, he will get #6 soon. Though I have to admit, I’ve been happy to see somebody, ANYBODY else win the Championship the last couple years.

    The problem with the D500 was nobody wanted to chance losing position and try to make the inside line work. Kinda makes you wonder ‘what if’ that awful accident hadn’t happened on Saturday, would they not have played it so safe?

    Gotta admit, up until that horrible wreck, the Nationwide race was the most exciting of the weekend. I’m glad the drivers involved (especially Kyle Larsen, Yikes!) are okay and people are on the mend.