Friday, July 11, 2008

Race Photos

I promised photos of the weekend at Daytona, so here they are. We went to the Nationwide race Friday night and followed that up with the Sprint Cup Saturday night. It was a lot of fun and hope to go back next year.

It's amazing the number of people in the track infield for driver introduction. My stepbrother, Tony, griped that it takes too long to get them off the track before the race, but I think it's kinda cool. Would the Pittsburgh Steelers let you hang out at the 50-yard line before kickoff? I doubt it.

Kasey Kahne turns a hot lap in his No. 9 Nationwide car. He finished 6th, but never was a factor in the end. Denny Hamlin won and was followed by Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The grandstands are an impressive sight as fans walk to their seats. The crowd was a little sparse for the Nationwide race, but we were should-to-shoulder for the Cup event. You could hardly move on the sidewalk while trying to get to the gates.

The Mountain Dew Crew prepares for the Cup race. We tailgated outside our motel room before the race. I'm sporting the old school No. 8 shirt with the Dew hat. My father, left, and stepbrother came better prepared. We didn't wear our Joe Nemechek shirts, which was probably a good thing.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads Paul Menard during the first round of pit stops. Earnhardt led the most laps and probably could have won, but was shuffled back near the end. Menard was strong early, but faded and never made another charge to the front.

An inside look at the the frontstretch. Hard to believe cars blow by at 190 mph with only a chain link fence to keep the debris back.

Tony Stewart at 190 mph. This was before he yaked up his lunch from the Ocean Deck and had to be pulled from the car for J.J. Yeley.

Here's a look at coming out of Turn 4. And no, the ambulance did not get a penalty for driving below the yellow line.

Following the trailers as they drive north on Interstate 95. The Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon trailers pulled out of the speedway right in front of us and we followed them all the way until Jacksonville. Anyway, thanks for reading and I'll see you next year.

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