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Well so much for the break NASCAR is back and rolling and if the last weeks exhibition race was any indication it should be a season worth watching. Dale Jr. looked very impressive in the AMP/Hendrick car that he took to victory at the shootout. Tony Stewart is already punching people, and the practices are looking like demolition derby's. I hope to get out to Talladega this year to get see the action and the drama. Hey notice how well Waltrip qualified? He(Waltrip) may win Daytona again.

Picking Jeff Gordon to win would be a vanilla pick so I'm picking Tony Stewart to win the 500 and J. Johnson will win his 3rd straight cup(season) at the end of the year.



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I really think Junior is going to win the 500 if he stays out of trouble. The Bud Shootout had some great racing but it looks like a Big One waiting to happen. I'm actually going to stay home from work to watch the Duels Thursday.




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I'm happy that I don't have to work on either thursday or sunday, so I can see the duels and the 500 uninterupped. My main pick would obiviously be either Gordon or Jr. It just seems like Hendrick cars are goning to dominate, what with all 4 cars placing well into the top 10 at the shootout, and all in the top 15 in qualifying. The toyotas look good too, but I'm still not sold on them winning until later on in the middle of the season.
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I am in agreement, we seem to have all the ingredients for a fun season and I will win the W Fantasy NASCAR Title like I did 2 years ago....



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    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    I will win the W Fantasy NASCAR Title like I did 2 years ago....


And I will participate in the W Fantasy NASCAR pool like I did for the last two years!




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So I don't have Speed Channel here at work, obviously. Can someone watching tell me why Boris decided to pit instead of deciding to qualify for the show? :(



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He wouldn't have made it anyway. In both Duels the second transfer spot changed hands as a guy who pitted and took fresh tires came from behind and took it from a guy who stayed out.

Boris had a chance to back in, but John Andretti took tires and passed David Reutimann, which through NASCAR's convoluted qualifying procedure, meant that Reutimann had to fall back on his qualifying time, which officially made Boris the fastest non-qualifier.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    So I don't have Speed Channel here at work, obviously. Can someone watching tell me why Boris decided to pit instead of deciding to qualify for the show? :(


Apperently, when he was interviewed after the second duel, he said he had a tire going down. Even though it wasn't as bad an issue as it was at other tracks (like charlotte when it was re-paved), tires seem to be a cause of concern. I heard a good half-dozen cars, at least, complaining of tire wear. It's too bad: I think he's a very underrated driver, one that could win a regular oval race and not just the road races everyone says he's best at. Plus, he wins me over in the 'Mick Foley look-alike' contest. If only he had the resources to compete with the big boys.

At least we got 2 pretty good duels to watch without it becoming a crashfest. And it was a feel-good story seeing popular but underfunded drivers like Kenny Wallace and John Andretti get in. Plus, I was relieved to see Dale Jarrett get in; with Bill Elliott and Sterling Marlin out, I thought for a while his last 500 would end on a sour note. You guys realize that if DJ hadn't made it, we would have had 3 Daytona 500 winners (2 of them Winston/Sprint Cup champions) with 7 500 wins between them that didn't make it? Shows how difficult it is getting to qualify into the great american race.

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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    He wouldn't have made it anyway. In both Duels the second transfer spot changed hands as a guy who pitted and took fresh tires came from behind and took it from a guy who stayed out.

    Boris had a chance to back in, but John Andretti took tires and passed David Reutimann, which through NASCAR's convoluted qualifying procedure, meant that Reutimann had to fall back on his qualifying time, which officially made Boris the fastest non-qualifier.


Seems like Boris might be a tad displeased (nascar.com) at how things went down:

    Originally posted by Boris Said

    NASCAR doesn't want guys like us in the show- this is for the big teams, not the small independents...

    It's so hard to make it. To be that fast and miss is disheartening. But we'll keep trying. That's the rules, and we know 'em going in [but] the rules aren't conducive to an independent coming down here and trying to make it...

    We won't come again, I don't think, because it's just a waste of money


Yeah, it was dissapointing for him, but Kenny Wallace and John Andretti aren't exactly running out of the Rousch or Hendricks garages every week, and, until he got caught in Jacques Villeneuve's little slip-up, Stanton Barrett of all people had a hell of a chance to get in.

But Daytona's screwy to begin with, because there's so much attention paid to it, and it has a bizarre qualifying format to boot. Maybe you need to do something really radical:

- Only let the front row in on time
- Put everyone who is locked in via top-35 into one duel, let them race for position
- make Duel 2 a true heat race, with all the go-or-go-home cars running for 6 or 7 slots.



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    Originally posted by kwik
    until he got caught in Jacques Villeneuve's little slip-up, Stanton Barrett of all people had a hell of a chance to get in.


I'm a big fan of the underdogs, and I gotta say, Stanton is my favorite. How can you not like a Hollywood stunt-man who moonlights as a Nascar driver? And that car he had in '06 with the Hair of the Dog sponsorship was the best-looking car I've ever seen.

Of all the rules that restrict underdogs, the Top 35 in owner points automatically qualifying is one of the worst. Of course, money runs the sport, and with big sponsors counting on being out there every race, you can't have a Jimmie Johnson or a Kurt Busch missing even one race per year.
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I'm impressed with how well and how quickly the Gibbs/Toyota merger has seemed to work. I'm going to say a Gibbs car wins the 500.

I'm also a fan of the little guy, so I'm going to say my man Robby Gordon finishes in the top 10.
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