Tonight was the Bud Shootout at Daytona. 23 drivers, 70 laps. Toyota ran well which is good news for Joe Gibbs Racing and the COT is now the standard model race car. There were a few times tonight where some big wrecks could have occurred but with the new model the drivers were able to hold to their race cars. Kurt Busch did an excellent job of hanging onto his car when a tire went down late in the race. Although it still ended up spinning out he was able to keep it under control long enough for the field to get by. With last years style car, it would have snapped loose and shot back up the track into traffic, taking out half the field.
But perhaps the greatest moment of the night was Dale Earnhardt Jr. taking the win!
After a disastrous season last year and leaving his fathers team this is a great way to begin this new alliance with Hendrick Motorsports.
Daytona 500 is next weekend! 2pm EST on FOX.
Some notes to follow this year:
- New model car
- Joe Gibbs Racing switching to Toyota
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Hendrick Motorsports
- Jeff Gordon taking back what was his last year, the Championship
- Open wheel stars: Dario Franchitti, Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier and Sam Hornish Jr.
This is already shaping up to be a quite an interesting NASCAR season.