Editor’s Note: Welcome to Frontstretch‘s newest column! Each week, we’ll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR and our own stuff to find the best quotes from Sunday’s race that best captures the story of how the weekend unfolded… straight from the drivers themselves. This week, Beth Lunkenheimer gives us a sneak peek at …
The 49th Running of the Daytona 500 is all the buzz around the water coolers this week, as the finish was one of the closest in the history of the event.
Kevin Harvick got a huge push into turn 3 on the last lap, riding the momentum to victory at Daytona by the blink of an eye over Mark Martin.
Congrats to rookie David Ragan, who finished fifth from a 35th-place Daytona 500 starting spot in Mark Martin’s old No. 6 ride in just his third Cup start.
Charlie Brown, meet Mark Martin. Lucy, meet Kevin Harvick. The Daytona 500 trophy, now, that would be the football Harvick stole away.
Jimmie Johnson won last year’s Daytona 500 and his 32nd-place result in last year’s Firecracker 400 ended a streak of five top-six finishes at Daytona.
This week at Daytona kicks off a brand new season for the Nextel Cup Series. For all the drivers and teams, points reset at zero and the slate is wiped clean, as 51 teams battle for the championship trophy that will be handed out in nine months. But just because everyone’s points are the same …
10. Mark Martin: “I didn’t HAVE to win one, I get in the Shootout forever-which is handy, ’cause that’s how long I’m gonna race!”
Brett Bodine held a Q&A on NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow at Daytona to appease the fans. Is this all spin or a sign things are heading in the right direction?
“Benny Parsons is not only the person I owe my NASCAR career to but he was a true friend to me from the day we met.”
“Bobby Hamilton was a great guy and a good friend. This sport is really going to miss him. He was a hard, clean racer and a really talented driver.”
A ninth-place finish in the final points standings in what looks to be your last legitimate season for a championship might bring many drivers down. In past years, it may have brought down the spirits of Mark Martin.