Thoughts On 2009's Daytona 500

Melissa GContributor IFebruary 16, 2009

It was a great win for Kenseth.  Great in the sense that he did win it fair and square but bittersweet because it was rain shortened.  He happened to be the true lucky dog that was in the right place at the right time when Menard brought out the caution.

Did NASCAR make the right call to shorten the race?

Yes and No.  No, because we wanted a GREEN FLAG finish (or at least GREEEEN WHIITEE CHECKERED).

However, they made the right call to end the race Sunday.  The rain was horrendous. 

The dryers would have taken too much time to potentially clear the track.  This scenario would have meant an 11pm restart.  The drivers, fans, pit crew, audience at home, and everyone else would have been tired by then.  It was just unfortunate that the rain came.  (that darn vortex theory). 

There was rain on the radar yesterday and there is plenty today.

In the real world, NASCAR did what was best for its sponsors.  They paid big $$ to have their sponsor's name appear in the 500 on Sunday..not Monday. 

Kudos to Kenseth!


But how 'bout that Rowdy Busch?

That is talent.  His car flew threw the field and dominated.  It was unfortunate that his night ended the way it did.  Based on his performance at Daytona last week, I definitely had my money on him.  Let's just hope this season finishes as well as last season began for him.

The new official search engine of NASCAR is

Ok, that's good and all but their advertising plan is driving me crazy!

It is simple and genius.  During the race or right before a commercial break the commentators ask a trivial question about NASCAR.  "Why was Lake Lloyd built?" "Who were the winniest drivers at this track?" "Who has the record for this?"  Then the commentators inform you that the only way to get the answer is to go to!

It is torture.  I do not want to move.  I do not want to get up and go to my computer, but I desperately want to know the answer to that darn question.  Why couldn't they think like the Aflac duck.  At least he tells me the answer 5 minutes later.

Nevertheless 2 thumbs up to the mastermind behind that advertising technique.  It might actually get people to look on

It succeeds in getting my attention and building my curiosity.  Unfortunately, the first place I still go to find out something is WIKIPEDIA!