Matt Kenseth is Praying for a Downpour

With 49 laps to go and the race under caution, the jet dryers are on the track. According to the chatter between drivers and crew, what started slowly is beginning to pick up. The teams seem prepared for a long stoppage.And, Matt Kenseth, sitting in first, is quietly hoping like hell that NASCAR comes to its senses and sends everyone home. No, not the manner in which one wants to win his first 500, but, a win is a win is a win. ...

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Give and Take Between Driver and Crew

Heading into the restart after the eighth caution, Jeff Gordon and his crew spent a great deal of time debating where Gordon stood on the grid. NASCAR showed him 13th, he and his people were convinced he was 12th. That's not uncommon, necessarily, but hearing how matter of fact Gordon is in dissecting who he passed and where he was when he passed that person at 185 miles per hour is interesting to say the least. You'd think the guy was driving the kids to school. ...

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And the Weather is Going To Do What?

With the seventh caution of the day coming on Lap 138, teams are still anticipating rain. Spotters and crew chiefs are still reminding their drivers to keep digging for every spot, as the rain could come any minute.And if it does come soon and a guy like Elliott Sadler, leading when the caution waved, wins this thing? It would have to rank as one of the great upsets and most intriguing stories to start a season with in a long time. ...

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The Big One

Where to start? That looked like Brian Vickers's fault to me, for not giving ground to Junior. Having said that, Junior looked like he might have been a little hasty in putting the bumper to Vickers. Still, blocking on the backstretch with 70-some laps to run, the way Vickers did? Stupid. Should make for some interesting commentary coming out of the Infield Care Center. What will Junior have to say for himself? What will Vickers have to say about Junior? (UPDATE: Vickers fairly well blas ...

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You Can’t Make It Up

Dale Earnhardt Jr., with one of the strongest cars on the track and engineering a potentially-legendary assault from deep in the field to the top five, just pitted outside his stall, a penalty. It's the second time today he's screwed up on pit road.This time and with rain threatening, he restarts 36th. Again, somebody please tell me the last time Jimmie Johnson made this kind of rookie mistake, let alone twice in one Daytona 500. ...

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Thursday Is a Long Time Ago

Jeff Gordon will need the help of the racing gods to salvage anything from this. He went from challenging Kyle Busch for the lead to 35th, the result of a green flag stop for tires.And like that, the gods did smile, sending Sam Hornish into the pits with a blown right rear and bringing out the caution. Gordon gets the Lucky Dog. ...

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Rain’s Coming

Junior just radioed that he's racing for the win -- the rain is coming...Damn. ...

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It’s Now an Official Race…

If the rains come, this race is official. And if it ended this way, with the Busch brothers, Jeff Gordon, Stewart, Martin and Edwards in the top 10, NASCAR couldn't ask for much more to start what everyone expects will be a tough year.And having said that, Earnhardt just made his return top the top 10, charging from 35th. If the weather holds, Junior looks like he's got the car to make some real noise. ...

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It’s Now an Official Race…

If the rains come, this race is official. And if it ended this way, with the Busch brothers, Jeff Gordon, Stewart, Martin and Edwards in the top 10, NASCAR couldn't ask for much more to start what everyone expects will be a tough year.And having said that, Earnhardt just made his return top the top 10, charging from 35th. If the weather holds, Junior looks like he's got the car to make some real noise. ...

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Weather an Issue?

Chad Knaus just radioed Jimmie Johnson and told him that there's a weather pattern 26 miles away. "Could be racing for the win here," Knaus told Johnson.Great. Just great. And Kyle Busch is your race leader. Who the hell did I piss off in another life, anyway? Okay, so maybe Gordon is the one who will suddenly channel the Intimidator and wreck Busch. ...

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