What a Budweiser Shootout Race! This Speedweeks Will Be Good

Travis SmithAnalyst IIFebruary 7, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 06:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Old Spice Chevrolet, races Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, during the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Last night’s Budweiser Shootout was suppose to be an exciting race that was very unpredictable well, that race was very exciting last night and it kept all of us race fans on the edges of our seats. The cars looked very out of control after the tires wore out but that made the race even more in the driver’s control which is what the fans have been dying for. This exhibition race had everything that a racing fan would want; multiple lead changes, no three or four car breakaways, and an exciting race from start to finish.

Kevin Harvick was very ill with the flu but yet toughed it out to win his second straight Budweiser Shootout in style. This event has been very kind to Harvick the last two seasons since he has won the event but last year he came oh so close to the Daytona 500 by finishing 2nd to Matt Kenseth so you have to figure that Kevin Harvick maybe a contender for the Daytona 500.

The racing in the Bud Shootout was great and it makes me giddy when I think about the Gatorade Duals this week and then the Daytona 500 itself because of all the excitement we saw last night. The cars didn’t handle at all after 20 laps on the tires but the leaders could not get a four or five car breakaway because of the handling issues and the new bigger restrictor plates NASCAR introduced for the 2010 season. This will make the racing in my opinion better because then the fate of the race will be back in the drivers hands.

I hope that NASCAR continues to see this great action throughout the rest of speed weeks because we have gotten use to subpar racing the last couple of seasons so this great racing is a relief to the sport. Now I will be making my race predictions on Friday to see what you fans think but please continue to watch NASCAR and support this great sport.