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NASCAR’s First Race at Daytona Gives Wrecks, Rain, Fire and Excitement

Sunday’s Daytona 500 was supposed to kick-off what some would call the Super Bowl of the NASCAR, but with the soggy weather it was anything but. Sunday’s race will go down in history as the first race that has been cancelled by NASCAR because of weather.

Since Sunday was a wash (literally) all of the focus moved on to Monday.

Monday’s race was supposed to begin at 12 noon, but with weather still not clearing out, the race was again postponed to later that evening at 7pm. At 7:13pm we finally witnessed a green flag which not only signaled the start of the much awaited Daytona 500, but also signaled the beginning of another NASCAR season which only ended a couple of months ago with Tony Stewart receiving his third NASCAR Cup Series Championship victory.

By the second lap of the race a six car accident including Danica Patrick and defending Daytona 500 winner and Jersey Girl Sports fav Trevor Bayne, put the race on pause once again. Bayne and Patrick were able to get back out there but late in the race.

With only 40 laps left Juan Pablo Montoya’s car hit a truck loaded with jet fuel, and ignited a fiery explosion injuring no one but scorching the track and forcing a two-hour delay. Just another Daytona 500 setback. Finishing a little after 1am ET, Matt Kenseth walked away with the victory.

Jersey Girl Sports had the pleasure of partnering up with NASCAR to give away trip to NASCAR’s All-Star race in May, but our driver Trevor Bayne had to finish higher than others; unfortunately Bayne had a hard day on the track and finished in 35th place. *sad face L

Even though Trevor Bayne didn’t finish high in Monday’s Daytona 500, FOX came away as a winner with the first primetime Daytona 500 in NASCAR history being its highest-rated Monday night audience since Game 5 of the 2010 World Series — with 36.5 million viewers, up 22 percent from 30 million last year.

With all of the excitement that one race has brought, you have to be excited about the upcoming season, well at least I am. Be sure to check out the next race, the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix on Sunday, March 4th on FOX at 2:30pm ET as the drivers rev up their engines for another exciting day at NASCAR.

Your J.G.F.

Marcelle English

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