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Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Race Is On...???



This Weekend is...

NASCAR 2014 DAYTONA 500
Image Source: en.wikipedia.org

The race is on and here comes Clyde up the backstretch... Whoa! Not so fast! That's not Clyde revving up his engine and the race hasn't even begun! Here is how one weatherman put it this morning...
Imagine dropping a bag of marbles onto a checkered pattern floor, and then trying to accurately predict what checkered square will have a marble land on it. That is the scenario we face this afternoon for the Nationwide race. I think we have a 60 to 70 percent chance of getting an official race in today, but there is also a chance we get a few delays caused by the weather.
Source: Weather Forecast NASCAR 2014 Daytona 500
Daytona 500 Experience; credit DBCVB
How did the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing," aka the "Great American Race," get its start?

Sand, surf, and 'hot' cars are iconic to the beach scene, have been for decades. The sound of pounding surf to be outdone only by the sound of a revving engine! In the 50s, it was not unusual to find cars racing on the beach, somewhat of a status symbol. Today's Daytona 500 is a direct ancestor of the early short beach races that took place alongside the highway. Windshield wipers and radiators were the natural combatants of the sand. But, it did not begin in the 50s...it started much, much earlier!

vintage Speedweeks...

vintage Speedweeks...

vintage Speedweeks...
The Daytona 500 was first run in 1959, but its roots can be traced all the way back to 1903. That was the year some hardy sorts decided that the level, hard-packed sands of Ormond Beach, Florida, would be a perfect place to see how fast a race car could run. From there, beach racing in the Dayton area became a hit. Read MORE...
Who is your favorite for the BIG race tomorrow?
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Daytona 500 History

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