Skip to comments.Daytona 500 LIVE THREAD ~ Sunday 2-15-09 Coverage begins on FOX at 2:00pm/et
Posted on 02/14/2009 3:02:16 PM PST by WestCoastGal
Thanks for the ping, West Coast Gal. I will adjust my schedule accordingly.
I be here tommarah.
Buzz me when they start racing STOCK cars again....right now it’s the WWF of auto racing....
Smoke wins Nationwide race; Kyle Busch extremely displeased
By Jay Busbee
Tony Stewart can’t help but stay in the spotlight in Daytona. He won Saturday’s Nationwide race by holding off ex-teammate Kyle Busch, a move that ticked off The D00D so much that he left his car on the grass and stormed off to his hauler. (You can see it there in the background, right behind second-place finisher Carl Edwards.) For the second night in a row, Busch ended up on the outside looking in at a race he could have won.
“I knew Kyle was going to try to do something,” Edwards said in the press conference after the race. “I really thought he’d try to change it up from what he did last night that didn’t work. But he did the same thing, and it didn’t work again.” Edwards also coined a great term — “smoke and walls” — for the race-ending wreck that everybody just barely avoided.
So far, folks, I gotta say that this Daytona has lived up to all the hype; on Friday night, we had a wreck-and-fire-filled truck race, and on Saturday we had a Nationwide race in doubt until the final turn. Through it all, we’ve got Stewart, spreading around more drama than three middle school girls fighting over a boyfriend. Here’s hoping the rest of the weekend caps everything off on an even higher note.
TTHANKS!!! I’l be here tomorrow!!!
Make the other 42 cars chase the duck, Carl!!!!
Pick top 12 finishers in current weeks race.....possibility of winning same purse as driver plus other good prizes.
I started a league there. FR Nascar League
Just for the heck of it, I looked up the 1959 500 and got this: (WIKI)
There were no caution periods in the race. Welborn led the early laps in the race but his race ended after 75 laps (of 200) with engine problems. Other leaders in the first 22 laps of the race were “Tiger” Tom Pistone and Joe Weatherly. Fireball Roberts took over the lead in lap 23, leading the next 20 laps before dropping out of the race on lap 57 due to a broken fuel pump.. Johnny Beauchamp led several laps before Pistone and Jack Smith battled for the lead during the next 100 miles (160 km).
Lee Petty battled with Beauchamp during the final 30 laps of the race, and they were the only two drivers to finish on the lead lap. Petty took the lead with 3 laps left, and led at the start of the final lap. Petty and Beauchamp drove side by side across the finish line at the end final lap for a photo finish. Beauchamp was declared the unofficial winner by NASCAR officials who felt he had won by 12 inches (30 centimeters), and he drove to victory lane. Petty protested the results, saying “I had Beauchamp by a good two feet. In my own mind, I know I won.” Beauchamp replied “I had him by two feet. I glanced over to Lee Petty’s car as I crossed the finish line and I could see his headlight slightly back of my car. It was so close I didn’t know how they would call it, but I thought I won.” Early leader Fireball Roberts, who was standing by the finish line, said “There’s no doubt about it, Petty won.” It took NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. three days to decide the winner the following Wednesday. In the end, with the help of photographs and newsreel footage, Petty was officially declared the winner.
The controversial finish helped the sport. The delayed results to determine the official winner kept NASCAR and the Daytona 500 on the front page of newspapers.”
How is Lee Petty related to Richard Petty? I love NASCAR but do not know much about the history, the picture and caption I posted are from the Daytona 500 website, lots of old pics and info there.
I hear she's a good kid but I just don't like her music. She performed at the Peach Drop on New Years Eve in Atlanta. The year before they had Miranda Lambert and she rocked.
I hear there is a 40% chance of rain tomorrow. Boo!!!!
Thank you, much appreciated - took me awhile to put that together. :)
Even more than that, it’s not looking good all day!!
Father, Kyle is Richard’s son; three generations of NASCAR.
....from USA Today
Kyle Petty was sporting a No. 45 baseball cap with a black line through the 45 on Saturday. He said that’s in honor of his son, Adam. who drove the No. 45 before he was killed in a Busch Series accident during practice in May 2000 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“My grandfather (Lee Petty) drove the No. 42, King (Richard) drove the No. 43, I drove the No. 44 and Adam drove 45,” Kyle Petty said. “I always said I’m just filling in for Adam in the 45. The 45 with the mark in it is my tribute to acknowledge that Adam drove the No. 45 car, not Kyle Petty.”
Why in the name of all that is right would they let Tom Cruise drive the pace car. That alone sickens me. I sure wont be watching the start.
By the way Bush tried his best to spin Smoke, it was great driving by Srewart, dirty tricks by Bush.
Watched about the last half of todays race, not bad.
Yes I was waiting for shrub to punt him, but he was dealing with a veteran this time. lol Punk was mad and stormed off to his motorhome.
Rick Hendrick invited Cruise to the race because of Days Of Thunder movie which he provided all the cars for.
I also just read that Gavin DeGraw is a last-minute replacement for Julianne Hough to sing the National Anthem. Not sure why.
Jr was reported to have a sinus infection, but now they say he has the flu. He sure lost his mojo today there at the end. As usual everyone kind of dumped him.
IS IT BASEBALL SEASON YET????
Pitchers and catchers reported TODAY!!!!
And the 2009 AL Central Champs are getting ready for the season in their new digs in Goodyear, AZ.
Daytona, February 14, 2009: With the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet and the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet both being involved in an on-track accident during todays final practice session for the Daytona 500, both Stewart-Haas Racing teams have gone to a backup racecar for the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Tony Stewart is now driving Chassis No. 14-454, which is the car he drove to a third-place finish in last Saturdays non-point Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. It is a carryover chassis from the former Haas CNC team, as it made its debut at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October 2007 with driver Johnny Sauter, who qualified 39th and led two laps before finishing 12th. It participated in winter testing at Daytona in 2008 before Scott Riggs piloted the car in the 50th running of the Daytona 500, where he qualified 27th and finished 21st. The No. 14 team was able to get some track time during final practice with Chassis No. 14-454. It will now be wrapped in Office Depot/Old Spice colors for the Daytona 500.
Ryan Newman is now driving Chassis No. 39-452. Its history consists of three restrictor-plate track tests in 2007, three Talladega races (fall 2007, spring and fall 2008) and one Daytona attempt. This car was tentatively slated as the backup for the No. 14 team if its Budweiser Shootout car was damaged in the race, hence the red paint. Once the No. 14 teams Budweiser Shootout car emerged from the race unscathed, Chassis No. 39-452 was designated as a communal backup racecar for both the Nos. 14 and 39 teams should anything happen to either team during the remainder of Daytona Speedweeks. The No. 39 team was already using its designated backup car during final practice after crashing its primary racecar in the Gatorade Duel. The No. 39 team was unable to get Chassis No. 39-452 on the track during final practice. It will now be wrapped in U.S. Army colors for the Daytona 500.
As for the race I will pick Stewart since he is out from Toyota so he has a clear mind. Otherwise I would look for Jeff Gordon (the good Gordon) to win.
Tony Stewart says he won’t meet with Goodyear to voice his concerns after the practice wreck this morning. “I would rather spend my time productively,” he said.
Stewart also said he stands by the comments he made after the practice wreck.
“I dont say it if I dont mean it,” he said. “The thing is, this mornings over and theres nothing we can do about it. Nothing can change. The important thing is weve found a way to put that behind us by winning a Nationwide race for Mr. Hendrick. This was the perfect thing to try to get it out of my mind.”
2:30 real time eh?
This contest is silly. I can’t pick the top four in ANY order, much less the top twelve in the right order.
Tom Cruise and Charlie Crist?
Now is that a two-fer or what? lolol
BumP Drafting Thru
You are correct about the Indians. I was watching the ‘97 World Series highlight video last night on MLB Network. 11 1/2 years later and I still about cried when Edgar Renteria hit that ball just over the outstretched glove of Charles Nagy....
As for Smoke, I could see a more relaxed driver that doesn’t have ownership chewing at his ear helping him out on the track. Yeah, big responsibility being an owner and still lots of distractions(especially lots of inexperienced drivers and ownership groups)to deal with too.
I want to see what the young guns bring, or not bring to the track, cause I get the feeling that will have a big outcome on who ends up winning.
Dang! Pepsi huh? I’d settle for a die cast car... Oh man, the pressure ..
Looks like Pebble Beach will be wet too, fingers crossed for the old clambake
Daytona 500 marathon on ESPN Classics network. Am watching a rookie Dale Earnhardt in ‘79 right now.
I think Smoke should look a little closer to home instead of just dumping on Goodyear. Same issue Newman had in the Shootout, sixteen laps and blown right rear. Today, ten laps and blown right rear. Set-up?
The cars are bouncing so hard in places they are bottoming out and throwing a shower of sparks behind them. Ya think the body just might be coming in contact with the tar?
That was fun today!!!
George Lopez giving Feherty a new helmet for bikeriding.
Ray Romano hitting everything BUT the fairway.
Peyton Manning preparing for PGA Tour membership after NFL career ends. Also, Lynn Swann and Andy Garcia are smooth out there with swings to match.
Clint Eastwood stealing a CBS blazer to wear for the TV appearence.
Did I miss anything???
And the weather could be brutal tomorrow.
What? Displeased he didn't spin Tony out? He came close to it.
SGT Leigh Hester, Army, Silver Star, Iraq, Kentucky
Sgt. Hesters squad was following a supply convoy on March 20, 2005, in Iraq when insurgents ambushed the convoy. Her squad quickly moved into position, cutting off the enemys escape route. Hester led her team directly into the line of fire into a flanking position, and then began an assault on a trench line. She and her squad leader cleared two trenches. When the attack was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one was captured.
In June 2005, Hester was the first woman soldier since World War II to be awarded the Silver Star Medal.
* Home State: Kentucky
* Awarded: Silver Star
I wish they'd never put lights up. I liked it back when they started in the morning.
Well done Sergeant Hester!
Very well done eh?
Did you put your guests to bed?
I gave them the big TV and I slipped in here to relax. Re your play by play earlier wasn’t too bad for a amateur. I’m off to dream land and hope I make it here tomorrow afternoon...
I tried real hard. ;)
Hope you make it tomorrow or at least, get to watch the race.
Yes, according to Fox info that I posted in the header which I hope is correct. Except for rain delay. :(
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.