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Old 01-10-2015, 10:54 AM
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2015 Racing Season

The Daytona 500 is only 33 days from today so I thought I would start a thread for the 2015 Racing Season. Last year was one of the best years for competition that I've seen in a long time. The new rules changes for the Championship produced a lot of hard racing and the best finish that I've ever seen at Homestead Speedway!

I will be at the Daytona 500 (My 47th consecutive) staying in a Prevost in the infield parked on Lake Lloyd - Pics to follow!

I recently toured the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. Really took me down memory lane! Here are a few pics:

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Old 01-10-2015, 11:01 AM
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This a pic of the 1970 Plymouth Superbird that Pete Hamilton won the 1970 Daytona 500 with. This Superbird also won both races at Talladega in 1970. The car was built by Petty Enterprises in Level Cross, NC. Take a close look at the dash. It actually has an ignition key to start the car!

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Old 01-10-2015, 11:15 AM
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A few more pics....

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Old 01-10-2015, 11:42 AM
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Very Nice! Looks like a place I need to visit!
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Those guys have such a short "off season" if you want to call it that. I kind of wonder if NASCAR ask too much of them. How many races a year right now? 40?

While the competition might have heated up in the later races I'm not such a big fan of it. While both of these theories are high improbable they are both possible.

You could win every race but the last race and not be the champion.

You could not win a single race and still be the champion.

Either of these happening would be a complete and utterly disastrous to NASCAR.

Could imagine being first in points the entire season and finish behind one of the other two cars and not be the champ?

However, they did accomplish the main goal of increased viewership in the later part of the season.
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Old 01-10-2015, 01:57 PM
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Looks like a great place to visit. Love the Hudson Hornet and the Superbird. Attending 47 straight Daytona 500's is quite impressive.
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:56 PM
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Those guys have such a short "off season" if you want to call it that. I kind of wonder if NASCAR ask too much of them. How many races a year right now? 40?

While the competition might have heated up in the later races I'm not such a big fan of it. While both of these theories are high improbable they are both possible.

You could win every race but the last race and not be the champion.

You could not win a single race and still be the champion.

Either of these happening would be a complete and utterly disastrous to NASCAR.

Could imagine being first in points the entire season and finish behind one of the other two cars and not be the champ?

However, they did accomplish the main goal of increased viewership in the later part of the season.
Tim - Your theories would be no different than any team going undefeated the entire season and loosing to a team with a couple of losses for the championship. New England was undefeated a couple of years ago and lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and that wasn't disastrous to the NFL.
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Looks like a great place to visit. Love the Hudson Hornet and the Superbird. Attending 47 straight Daytona 500's is quite impressive.
There's a lot more there than the pics I posted. They have a theatre and 3 more stories filled with dispalys. They also have a simulator with 8 cars. Quite an impressive place if you're a NASCAR fan.

As for consecutive Daytona 500's - I missed the first 10 because I was too young.....
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Tim - Your theories would be no different than any team going undefeated the entire season and loosing to a team with a couple of losses for the championship. New England was undefeated a couple of years ago and lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and that wasn't disastrous to the NFL.
Oh, I agree with that but when in comes to auto racing it's always been about the points deal. So when you compare pre chase champs to post chase and now I guess chase 2.0 it's kind of strange.

There is no doubt that it changed the Jimmy Johnson mentality of keep enough points to get in the chase and then just race yourself out of it kind of year. Now you really need to win if you want to keep it in your hands, which I like.
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