TIMES HAVE CHANGED SINCE WRITER’S FIRST DAYTONA 500 IN 1987

You might be like me and not remember what you had for lunch yesterday. But, also like me, you probably remember every detail of your first Daytona Speedweeks.I was exposed to auto racing as a fan in 1976 going to numerous weekly short tracks. My first Cup race in person was in 1984 at Pocono. Dover was the second series track I visited 2 years later. My Daytona christening took place in 1987 and to this day I could still write a daily diary for that entire week.My senior year in high school had ...

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DAYTONA 500 WHAT IFS…?

It's always fun to play what-if...1986Geoff Bodine and Dale Earnhardt were not exactly passing the mashed potatoes to each other every Thanksgiving. Each man raced hard. They raced even harder when around one another. Bodine said Earnhardt had him sideways three times in the Tri-Oval during Saturday’s Speedweeks Busch Series event. Come Sunday’s 500 they had the two fastest cars. The pair dueled for the lead at times and drafted and waited during other points of the race. The slugfes ...

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