Any questions? Hamlin dominates Sprint Unlimited

Denny Hamlin’s back issues plagued and destroyed his 2013 season, thus leading to many questions for 2014. He decided to use the 2014 season opener exhibition race to answer them. In a seventy-five lap shoot out, Hamlin clearly had the dominate car through the event and led a race high 27 laps.

The other major story was the major accident that eliminated half the field with one wreck. The race was broken into three segments. The first segment ended due to Jimmie Johnson spinning out due to a aero caused accident. Just a handful of laps into the second segment and the big one finally hit. Well, as big as one can be with an 18 car field.

Matt Kenseth was unaware that Joey Logano was under him and made the move down to the bottom lane before his spotter could tell him. It led to a nine car accident in an eighteen car field. The only two survivors of the crash were Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. The third segment would see Dale Earnhardt Jr. falling out of the race when he made contact with Marcos Ambrose which sent Junior into the wall and ending his night.

With just a handful of laps to go, Denny would make a daring move going three wide down the back stretch to take the lead. He wouldn’t relinquish it as he’d bring home the first NASCAR flag of 2014.

The Top 5 were: 1st Denny Hamlin, 2nd Brad Keselowski, 3rd Kyle Busch, 4th Joey Logano, and 5th Kevin Harvick.

The next race will be Thursday Night, February 20th! The Budweiser Duals from Daytona at 7:00 PM for the first race on Fox Sports 1!

In Random News:

The 3 is back on the pole

Austin Dillon is proving that Richard Childress Racing has their thumb on the Engine power at Daytona thus far. After leading practice in January, RCR also won the first two practices for the Daytona 500 and Austin Dillon put the number 3 on the pole with Martin Truex Jr. in a Childress built engine starting second.

Stewart, Patrick, Labonte to the back of Duals and 500

An engine issue plagued Hendrick built engines in the Daytona 500 practices at the end of last week. Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, and Bobby Labonte all lost engines due to what was explained as a “procedural issue.” NASCAR deemed the reason not worthy of being allowed a pass on the engine changes and is sending all three drivers to the rear of both races, no matter their finishing position.   

First a jet dryer, now a pace car

Daytona seems to have a real issue with equipment catching on fire. While under caution, the Chevy pace car driver suddenly came to a stop and the driver, Brett Bodine, and the passenger bailed out of it, running. Why? The damn thing caught on fire! Denny Hamlin after the race cheekily said the car should have been a Camry. While Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the race made it well know his thoughts by yelling over the radio, “RECALL!” The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, but is not confirmed.

Koch in the 35 for two races

Blake Koch announced he will drive the Front Row Motorsports 35 in the Sprint Cup series at Phoenix and Las Vegas. Good for him.

Evans named Daytona 500 Grand Marshal

Chris Evans who plays Captain America in the self-titled films and The Avengers will be the grand marshal for the Daytona 500. LOVE The Avengers, RDJ is awesome, Scarlett Johansson and Cobie Smolders are hot and when Hulk beats the piss out of Loki it is one of the most hysterical things I’ve ever seen.

Elliott and Kwasniewski get approval

NASCAR requested Chase Elliot and Dylan Kwasniewski run the ARCA race to gain experience before racing in the Nationwide race this weekend. Both complied and excelled in the event. Well, except when that one car bounced off the front of Chase’s 9, but NASCAR was cool with it.

No criminal issues with Schumacher accident

French legal officials have declared they found no wrong doing on any part that has left 7 time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher in a coma. There has been much speculation on Schumacher’s state but no one has confirmed anything on his current condition. Doctors who are asked about the case say it could be months before a full scope of the situation is realized.

I ask that everyone still keep Michael and his family in your thoughts and if you are a spiritual person in your payers.

Random Sports/Non Sports thought:

I…really…hate…snow….

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I will be back here on Friday with results from the Duals along with any and all news and notes from Week 2 of Speedweeks! Until then, I’ll be waiting for you in either a snow bank or the high banks of Daytona..I’m still working on which.

Tyler Pierce