post race analysis
Originally Posted by tony hipchest
dominance at daytona seems to happen in waves and right now team hendrick is riding that wave. pariety doesnt really exist at this track and it is easy to dominate by teams such as hendrick, gibbs, dei, and childress. thats why its not going too far out on a limb to say, stewart, gordon, or jr. are favorites to win the race.
the first sentence sums it up. in a race where tony stewart cried the loudest about wreckless driving and somebody getting killed, we saw him be the first to be penalized by the more strict wreclkess driving rules that nascar promised to enforce. ironic? in fact we saw 3 former champions drive like the rookies and young guns stewart seemed so concerned with. gordon, kenseth, and stewart all took themselves and eachother out of contention with impatience and over aggressiveness.
penske has vowed to throw all the money at having a championship calibur team and a winning restrictor plate program and both bush and newman upheld their end of the bargain as both were up front for the better part of the day. they proved that when out front and working as a team they are a difficult tandem to pass.
dalr jr. proved to struggle without a dancing partner as rookie team mate was damaged in an early brush with the wall.
after fading early and remaining inconspicuous for much of the race e. saddler was able to make a late charge to the front with no appearant drafting partner or team mate to help. an impressive run on his part. the yates hp was there like always and the team seems happy with its new crewcheif. i say saddler has officially supplanted d. jarrett as the teams best shot at making the chase. jarretts best days are behind him
while kyle bush didnt cause the big one he was around several near misses and proved to be guilty of the type of driving he was accused of during speed weeks. according to post race comments he hates daytona.
it is good to see schrader out of the BAM #49 car and driving for the wood bros. this was a good move for both parties and atleast for 1 race it paid huge divedends.
as for h.o.f. racing, t. labonte kept his nose pretty clean. at this point the best aikman and staubach hope for is for terry to keep running in the top 35 for when t. raines takes over the ride after 4 more races. anything better than d. marinos venture as a nascar owner should be considered as a success.