Danica Makes History At Daytona

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 15:34 PM.

 

 

 

Welcome to the 2013 season NASCAR fans. As I am sure all of you know that Saturday, Feb. 16, kicked off Speed week in Daytona with the Sprint Unlimited in which Kevin Harvick won, Harvick also won the Budweiser Duel one and Kyle Busch one the Budweiser Duel 2.

On Feb. 17 Danica Patrick made a name for her self in the NASCAR history books as she became t he first woman in NASCAR history to win the pole position for the Daytona 500. Starting in that first row, for the first race of the season were Danica and Ryan Newman. With Danica winning the pole and Ryan Newman starting in the fourth position that put two out of the three Stewart-Haas Racing cars in position to start in the top five. Those same cars also finished in the top five during Sunday’s “Great American Race. Although Jimmie Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the win, I still think that Danica deserves all of NASCARS respect. She seems to have become a much more aggressive driver during the off-season. If you ask me this is going to be an interesting season.

Saturday turned out to be a pretty scary day for fans sitting in the turn four stands. On the last lap of the Nationwide Series Race Regan Smith dropped a block from his engine causing a big pile up involving Smith, Kyle Larson, and Michael Annett. Smiths engine came to a rest in the fence off of turn four, with a tire, other shrapnel and what one fan described as a shock absorber landing in the stands. There were a total of 28 fans injured in Saturday’s accident. There were 14 of those fans treated at the infield medical center and the other 14 being transported to Halifax Medical Center by ambulance. As of NASCARS press conference on Sunday there was a 14-year-old boy who was in critical but stable condition and a man in his 40’s was undergoing surgery for a life-threatening head injury. Be sure to keep those fans and their families for those injured at Saturday’s race in you prayers.

This weekends Nationwide and Sprint Cup races will be held at the Phoenix International Raceway. The Nationwide Race will be held on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and on MRN Radio. The Sprint Cup Race will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Fox and on MRN Radio. There is no Camping World Truck Series Race this weekend.



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