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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Let's rename it the Gen Zzzzz car after Sprint Unlimited snoozer; Danica Patrick impresses in Daytona 500 practice; and John Wes Townley wins ARCA at Daytona

Here are my initial thoughts on the Bud Shootout -- aka the Sprint Unlimited -- which kicked off the year Saturday night, and other news out of Daytona:

-- The Gen 6 car didn't impress me very much in its first go-around. What's the deal with nobody being able to pass anyone? They need to figure out a way to make it work better by next Sunday or the Daytona 500 could be a snoozer.

-- It was too bad that champion Brad Keselowski wasn't in the race, but that's the rules; He made a guest appearance on Fox as a broadcaster, though, and he did a very good job -- Make 20 years from now when he retires we'll see him make that move.

-- News flash: Danica Patrick was fastest in both Saturday practices for the Daytona 500. That, plus the fast times by Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman, shows me that Stewart-Haas Racing has some great power at Daytona.
Bad news for Danica is that it doesn't really mean much. At Daytona, it's not about how you practice or even how you qualify, it's how you race and how you draft that determines where you end the day (and avoiding the Big One helps too). So while it's a good moral boost for Danica to start her rookie year in Cup, it doesn't mean too much at this point. Still, it'll get her some headlines for the right reasons. Hell, she might even win the 500, considering that John Wes Townley won the ARCA race at Daytona. Gotta love the unpredictability of Daytona.

-- Oh yeah, at the end of that snoozer of a race, Kevin Harvick won. Not too bad for a lame duck. I don't see him winning too much once they get out of Daytona, but maybe he can pull out a 500 win.

-- Matt Kenseth was almost always up front when he was with Roush for his entire career; and now that he's at Joe Gibbs driving a Toyota (which still sounds weird to say), it's clear that he is again very fast in his new ride. The talent is still there and apparently the fast cars is too; I'm curious to see how much better Kenseth can do in the 20 car than Joey Logano did in that ride.

-- One last note, in case you didn't hear me the first time: John Wes Townley -- Mr. Spins out every chance he gets -- was in Victory Lane at Daytona after the ARCA race -- think about that for a second. I still can't get my head wrapped around that concept. I think a pig just flew by my window.


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