Walt’s Words – 2/26, 2017 NASCAR – DAYTONA 500

Today we have the NASCAR Daytona 500 race will be on FOX starting at 2:00pm ET and also on FOX Sports Go, MRN, Sirius XM and NASCAR Radio.  Is this going to be a wreckfest or a wreck free race with the new race design where there will be 2 breaks in the race today.

The 500 grid starts with for the second year in a row at pole, Chase Elliot with the fans favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. in second on the front row, both Hendrick Motorsports cars.

Jeff Gordon will drive the Camaro pace car for the start of the Daytona 500 in a new 2017 Camarao ZL1  All three pace vehicles share the graphic theme highlights in silver ad black, along with selected accessories and personalization features.

Daytona is a 2.5 mile tri-oval with banking in the turns of 31 degrees with a race distance of 500 miles, 200 laps with segments different for every race.

Stage 1: 60 laps, Stage 2: 60 laps Stage 3: 80 laps for the finish.

NASCAR has mandated changes to pit stop procedures:

Crews are allowed to work on damaged cars for five minutes, with the clock starting when the car hits pit road.  Cars who cannot maintain minimum track speed will be eliminated.  Cars that go behind the wall to repair damage are out of the race, but cars that have mechanical issues not caused by damage can go to the garage for repairs and return to the track.

Weather: clear and cool with a high around 67 with calm winds ad no chance of rain.

FYI:  MOST WINS: Richard Petty with 7 wins.  CLOSEST FINISH: 2016: Denny Hamelin edges out Martin Truex Jr. by 0.01 seconds.  MOST WIN (ACTIVE DRIVERS) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip with all having 2 wins.

So watch TODAY the Great American Race, the Daytona 500 today on FOX at 2:00pm.   It should be an exciting race and we will see what happens with the new segmented race and what that creates today.

In two weeks we have another Great American Race, the 12 hours of Sebring.  will have more info for you next week and watch for more info this week on drivers and teams participating.