I wanted to post this last night but I went to bed right after the race because of court this morning. Now, I have cellulitis – again – so I’m struggling to post at all. It was a fantastic race – after the rain delay – and an amazing finish.
Finally, after a record-setting rain delay of 6 hours and 22 minutes had turned Daytona International Speedway into the world’s most expansive parking lot, the true Big One occurred, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Great American Race for the first time in a decade. NASCAR Nation’s favorite son once again had his moment in the sun.
This was probably the most popular victory in NASCAR since Earnhardt’s father won his first and only Daytona 500 in 1998, on his 20th try. Junior has been in a notorious victory funk over the past seven seasons, winning only two times since 2006. And both those victories occurred in Michigan, far from Earnhardt’s natural Southern home base.
Like most every NASCAR fan, I love Dale, Jr. It’s nice to see him break his winless streak by winning NASCAR’s Super Bowl…