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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Despite getting raw deal in Danica Patrick points swap, Blaney comes through and qualifies for Daytona 500

When Dave Blaney was forced to race his way in to the Daytona 500, and Danica Patrick got a free ride, I was annoyed. But the good news is Blaney ended up racing his way in after all, and Danica had a hard wreck and ended up needing that guaranteed position.

“Going into Speedweeks, I was confident in the team and our chances of qualifying for the race,” explained Blaney. “With the good runs we had last year at Superspeedways, I was confident the car was going to be good. I was a little bit surprised that we didn’t qualify on speed Sunday, but the car was really good in the draft today. We drafted with a few different people, and the car was fast. We got toward the front a few times but then tried to stay conservative and in front of the other cars who had to qualify.”

So in the end, the nation will get to see Danica in the race, and a great driver like Blaney isn’t shut out due to NASCAR’s silly points swap rules. I still don’t like all this buying positions stuff, but I don’t know if there is a way to truly avoid it.

Blaney will start 24th Sunday in Daytona. Danica Patrick will start 29th.

Too bad for Kenny
Kenny Wallace is a fan favorite and many people hoped he could make the 500 in his underfunded team ... Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be, as he didn’t qualify his way in via the Twins and his speed wasn’t fast enough in qualifying.

Better luck next time Kenny.

Daytona Tidbits
Pat Monahan, lead singer of the three-time Grammy-winning group Train, will sing the national anthem for the 54th running of the Daytona 500.

To kick the day off, four-time Grammy-award winner Lenny Kravitz will perform at NASCAR’s Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show.

Actress Jane Lynch of “Glee” and Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and actress Kate Upton, will serve as Grand Marshals.

WWE Superstar John Cena will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter.

Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski will pull triple-duty this weekend, participating in all three series at Daytona.

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Anonymous Norm. said...

Well Matt, as has been said many times before, the only way to deal with this points buying and other silliness is to get rid of NA$CARs top 35 welfare system. Earn your way in, isn't that the American way?

February 25, 2012 at 6:22 AM 

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