George Hale’s Perspective on Sports: Daytona 500

Updated 3 years ago

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE WEEKENDS IN SPORTS.YES THE SOX ARE BACK IN CAMP AND BASEBALL IS IN THE AIR AT SPRING TRAINING SITES.BUT ANOTHER VENUE ALWAYS CAPTURES MY ATTENTION.IT’S SPEED WEEK AND AMERICA’S RACE…THE DAYTONA 500.MOST SPORTS HAVE THEIR BIGGEST EVENT AT THE END OF THE SEASON BUT NASCAR DOES IT IN REVERSE.SO IT’S BOOGITY, BOOGITY, BOOGITY IN FLORIDA.LET’S GO RACIN’.ONLY THIS YEAR SOME THINGS ARE DIFFERENT AROUND THE OVAL.NASCAR HAS DONE SOME THINGS THEY AND A LOT OF FANS WANTED.NOW THOSE WHO RUN THE SPORT HOPE IT WORKS OUT.THE NEW RULES AND THE RETURN OF “PACK RACING” HAS PUT A TON OF EXCITEMENT BACK INTO THE SPORT.SO FAR, IN PRELIMINARY RACING, THE TWO-CAR DRAFT, SEEMS TO BE A THING OF THE PAST.BUT, AS OVER 40 CARS TAKE THE GREEN FLAG, WILL THE FAMOUS OVAL BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A HIGH PRICED DEMO DERBY.IN THE OPENING SHOOT-OUT WE HAD SOME TERRIFIC ACTION ON THE RACE TRACK.BUT, WE ALSO SAW SOME FRIGHTENING CRASHES.JEFF GORDON FOUND HIMSELF UPSIDE-DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER ON THE LAST LAP.ON TURN 4 GORDAN HIT THE WALL AT 200 MPH AND THEN TURNED OVER ON THE DRIVER’S SIDE AND WENT FOR A WILD RIDE THAT ENDED WITH TWO AND HALF FLIPS ENDING ON HIS ROOF.NO GORDON WASN’T HURT THANKS TO SAFETY MEASURE BUT IT WAS EYE OPENING.THE GATORADE TWIN RACES WERE NOT AS SPECTACULAR BUT THE 500 IS GOING TO BE A DIFFERENT DEAL FOR EVERYONE.SO THE TANDEM STYLE OF RACING IS GONE…FOR NOW.NASCAR MADE SEVERAL CHANGES TO BUNCH THE FIELD, REDUCING THE AIR INTAKE, MANIPULATING WATER TEMPERATURES AND LOWERING DOWNFORCE ON THE REAR SPOILER.SO YOU WILL BE BE SEEING OLD-FASHIONED, PACK STYLE RACING, ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.IF YOU THINK THE DRIVERS ARE COMPLAINING YOU WOULD BE WRONG.BUT SOME ARE FLAT OUT SCARED.THE FAMOUS OVAL WILL FEATURE CARS, AT OVER 200 MPH, ON TOP OF EACH OTHER STACKED UP IN TIGHT THREE AND FOUR WIDE PACKS.FANS CERTAINLY WON’T BE ABLE TO LEAVE THEIR SEATS OR T-V SCREENS FOR VERY LONG.ONE BUMP, ONE MISTAKE, ONE BAD PUSH AND THE “BIG CRASH” IS HAPPENING.SOME SAY THIS IS INEVITABLE.IT WAS THAT WAY IN THE SHOOTOUT LAST SAT.MAYBE THE DRIVERS LEARNED AND MAYBE NOT.MOST OF US WILL NEVER EXPIERIENCE SITTING IN A RACECAR, GOING 200 PLUS, SIDE BY SIDE.THE ADRENALINE RUSH MUST BE AWESOME.SOME OWNERS KNOW THAT THEIR CHECKBOOKS ARE GOING TO TAKE A HIT WITH THE CARNAGE THAT IS SURE TO FOLLOW.HOWEVER, MANY OBSERVERS SAY NASCAR HAS MADE A BRILLIANT MOVE.TWO CAR DRAFTS AND DRIVERS TALKING TO EACH OTHER WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST.THE FANS WANT EXCITEMENT, MAYHEM AND DANGER.WELL YOU HAVE IT ON SUNDAY IN THE BIGGEST STOCK CAR RACE OF THE YEAR.I WILL BE WATCHING AND SO WILL MILLIONS OF OTHERS.FOR NASCAR ALL I CAN SAY IS…BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.YOU JUST MIGHT HAVE IT!THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS!


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