Friday, February 13, 2009

Fighting for last place

The best races in the G-Duels are not at the front, but mired deep in the pack of scavengers hungry to make the Daytona 500. Sure, Kyle Busch and Mark Martin put on a great in the second heat race, but look back about seven or eight cars and you’ll find the most interesting battles and story lines.

The transfer spots are a hot commodity and make for riveting racing. Congratulations to Jeremy Mayfield, Scott Riggs, Regan Smith and AJ Allmendinger for making the big show. And no, you didn’t read that list wrong. Four guys who didn’t even have a ride a few months ago will be taking parade laps around Daytona International Speedway. Of course, I’m not predicting an impressive run by any of them, but it’s good to see hard work and perseverance by no-name teams (yes, Richard Petty Motorsports is now field-filler) can result in the fulfillment of a dream. Maybe it can even launch them into a full-season ride.

Of course, there are also the losers of Speedweeks. So long, Boris Said and Joe Nemechek. Maybe we'll see you next year. Until then, enjoy your yearlong sabbatical.

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