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Ruminating All Things NASCAR

Pack Racing Is Back!

Posted by Keith Murray on February 23, 2012

Darrell Waltrip can try to talk about how awesome it was all he wants, but relying on another car to team up with you to run together is not racing. I love ol’ DW, but he his cheese has slid off the cracker in this case. According to Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition, more than 80% of fans objected to the spectacle of two-car tandems.

For the first time in a long time, I actually enjoyed a race on a superspeedway. Actually, I enjoyed it so much that I have gotten tickets to go to Talladega in May. The racing on Saturday night in the Bud Shootout and in the Gatorade Duels today was actually entertaining.

This year’s Daytona 500 is poised to return to its glory years as an edge-of-your-seat event, whether you’re at the track or in your living room. Will there be another young gun that gets vaulted to stardom like Trevor Bayne was last year? Michael McDowell is starting near the front. How about Stenhouse or Cassill? Will this be Tony Stewart’s year to get that elusive Daytona 500 win, reminiscent of Dale, Sr.? Speaking of Earnhardt’s, will Junior return to former glory as the King of Plate Racing? Who knows? But I will definitely be tuned in for all 200 laps to see it all, and not sleeping through most of it as I did last year.

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