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Fireworks At Daytona Sprint Cup

It was more like a demolition derby at some points of the Daytona Sprint Cup race. The grand finale of accidents, happening in the final lap when Greg Biffle turned in front of 29. Fifteen cars went spinning and screeching. Forty three cars began at the start of the race, and at the time the final accident happened, there were 23 still running.

Tony Stewart emerges from fireworks to win at Daytona USA TODAY

“The three-time champion picked up his third win of the year, overcoming a postqualifying penalty that left him starting 42nd.USA TODAY” http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/nascar/story/2012-07-07/Tony-Stewart-wins-cras h-filled-Daytona-race/56087636/1

You’ve got to hand it to Stewart. Starting from position 42 and methodically moving ahead with the help of Kahne. That takes skill and teamwork. And maybe, a bit of luck. By his own admission, he pointed out that the wrecks happened just behind where he was on both occassions. Entering Turn 2 on the final lap, Stewart managed to separate the Fords of Kenseth and Biffle by side-drafting them. Kahne then delivered a shove to Stewart’s rear bumper that helped catapult his No. 14 Chevrolet into the lead.

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Now, picture this: Tony Stewart on the inside lead; Jeff Burton and Casey Kahne fluctuating between second and third; and finally, Matt Kenseth (pretty close to fourth), toward the outside wall with Greg Biffle attempting to get back in positon behind Kenseth for that final shove. Unfortunately Biffle goofed. Kenseth waited too long to leave Biffle and came in third. Had he “put the metal to the pedal” earlier he may have passed Stewart. Or, at least, made the race a bit more suspenseful. You know…one of those old-fashioned nose-to-nose finishes. A lot of reviews think that Jeff Burton’s second place win was a surprise. This race marked the midpoint of the season, and anything can happen. If you watch the rerun of the race, Burton did a really good job. Even behind Stewart, he maintained a steady and non-threatening position. Is it any more surprising that Carl Edwards placed sixth? Neither driver has any wins thus far. Perhaps it is Burton’s past negative comments about NASCAR’s changes that have put him in ill light with the press. But you know, everyone has an opinion, and you never can tell what you’ll learn by really listening and keeping your mouth shut. The next half of Chase Sprint Cup begins 15 July at the New Hamsphire Motor Speedway. It may not have all the sparks of Daytona, but hey, it is a race, and what you live for!

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Fireworks At Daytona Sprint Cup