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I understand why.    I just looked at the starting line up and there are at least 12 names I never heard of .

for me nascar has declined since the death of dale. theres always going to be turn over, but geez,looks like any joe with money 

and a fast car can break into that line up.

the qualifier racers were snoozers. they rode around in a circle for 3/4 of the race with no passing. no bumps. no accidents.  looked like 

a casual ride down 95 into Baltimore.

when lowes,subway,target, and others stop sponsoring, you know things are bad.

they should start another tier with the old and retired guys. probably get more fans . :laugh:

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40 year ago....

 

This weekend’s Daytona 500 means “one of the high points of NASCAR” for Richard Petty is getting its yearly workout on the highlight reels.

That is the end of the 1979 Daytona 500, a race that helped launch NASCAR into the mainstream and has been a defining moment over the last 40 years.

With much of the East Coast trapped indoors due to a snow storm, a large audience tuned in to the first live, flag-to-flag broadcast of the “Great American Race” on CBS.

“Wasn’t but three TV stations at that particular time,” Richard Petty said Friday at Daytona International Speedway. “If you was going to watch TV, then the racing was probably what people were watching.”

With Ken Squier calling the action, viewers saw race leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough wreck on the backstretch, half a lap from the checkered flag.

Petty, who was running in third, assumed the lead and won his sixth Daytona 500. But as Petty drove to Victory Lane, Squier jumped in with an important news bulletin: “And there’s a fight between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison! The tempers are overflowing, they’re angry, they know they have lost. And what a bitter defeat.”

The fight in the Turn 3 grass, which included Donnie Allison’s brother, Bobby Allison, may have been bitter at the time, but proved immensely positive for fueling NASCAR’s growth.

“You come down to the last lap, you see the rednecks come out in the racing part of it,” Petty said. “It was a perfect storm the way it wound up, with the weather, the way the race ended. … It couldn’t have been a better footstep for NASCAR at that particular time.”

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Lived in Daytona, well Ormand Beach, in the late 70s, saw Richard Petty win his last 500.  Racing on TV loses a lot of the excitement, nothing like being there.  I watched the last 10 laps, saw the sparks flying.

 

Spring is the best time to be in Daytona, 24 Hours of Daytona, the international crowd, the 500, the country folk arrive, then Bike Weeks, the bad boys take over. 

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A number 5 finish for a young driver Ryan Preece.  Hes from Connecticut , but he cut his teeth racing small block super mods and big blocks here at Lee and Star Speedway

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12 hours ago, Little said:

A number 5 finish for a young driver Ryan Preece.  Hes from Connecticut , but he cut his teeth racing small block super mods and big blocks here at Lee and Star Speedway

Is he the one with the crew chief from Long Island's modified series?

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Not sure but he was the modified champ 2 (?) years ago

Two years ago Joe Gibbs racing offered him a low ball deal and he turned it down, saying he would do better on his own and get a much better deal later. And that’s exactly what he did.

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Cool.

 

Steve Park was also a modified champ.

 

He was the first driver Dale hired for his new team after seeing Park race in New Hampshire.

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I thought Preece finished 8Th ? Not a huge fan of his but have to root for a New England Guy . I guess that 300k someone put up for him to race those Gibbs cars last year is coming around 

 

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2 hours ago, whitey said:

I thought Preece finished 8Th ? Not a huge fan of his but have to root for a New England Guy . I guess that 300k someone put up for him to race those Gibbs cars last year is coming around 

 

could be, might have goofed, I was busy missed the race.

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Worked on a NASCAR film project for Mobil 1 down at the Hall of Fame in Charlotte a few years back, got to chill and chat with Tony Stewart had a private tour of the Hall of Fame (doors didn't open yet) he was actually a down to earth chill dude, surprised he drives a Tesla 

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Preece finished 8th.  Great finish for an underfunded team.  It's a little misleading thou when more than half the field gets taken out in one shot.  But that's restrictor plate racing, getting to the finish is the 1st priority. 

 

He drove for Tommy Baldwin for a brief window which is the Long Island connection.   But Tommy is supposed to be returning on a limited schedule this year.

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