Pardon me a moment while I...
YEE HAW! WOO HOO! WHOOP WHOOP! GRRRR YEAH!! THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE!
...'Kay, I'm back now. I was SO freaking nervous going into the last ten laps that by the end, by body was SHAKING!
Jimmie Johnson won it, but it was DALE JR who made THE move of the race. Frankly, for most of Daytona, it didn't seem like anyone wanted to actually RACE--meaning make stuff happen, make moves, try things. When Kasey Kahne wrecked out, he mentioned how he wanted to race, not ride along in a string up against the wall. He was right.
Maybe what happened yesterday in the Nationwide race made drivers a little gun-shy--can totally understand it. At the same time...this is the Daytona 500.
Towards the end of the race, Dale said on his radio, "We need to be braver." He wasn't going to ride around and get stuck with whatever finish he gets...he was going to be BRAVE, TRY, and TAKE the finish he wanted. In doing so, he ALMOST got that win.
Not sure how many times I have to say it, but if you want to learn about restrictor plate racing, you learn from the best. That's Dale Jr. Period.
I'll end with this from Dale Jr. following the Daytona 500: "We're gonna be strong this year."
Yes, you most certainly are.