Friday, February 3, 2012

The Jack Attack's 11 Favorite Daytona Moments

It's February and Daytona Speedweeks will be upon us in just under 3 weeks! With that, let's take a look at some memorable Daytona moments, through the eyes of the "Jack Attack!"

11. Speedweeks 2011, Michael Waltrip makes a last lap pass on Elliott Sadler to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250, 10 years to the day of the tragic Daytona 500

I remember jumping up and down when Waltrip made his move and DW's call made it perfect.

10. Speedweeks 2006, Denny Hamlin wins the Budweiser Shootout as a rookie

Granted, Tony Stewart nearly bashed in his teammates' back bumper, but, hey it worked out. JGR finishes 1-2 at Daytona. 

9.  July 2009, Tony Stewart holds off Kyle Busch in the Coke Zero 400, meanwhile Busch proceeds to crash into seemingly every car behind him

Ok, no matter what he is in, if it's July and it's Daytona, Tony Stewart THE favorite to win. Point blank.

8. Speedweeks 2007, Jack Sprague beats Travis Kvapil and Johnny Benson in a 3 wide finish to the Chevy Silverado 250

And people wonder why these restrictor plate Truck races sell out?

7. July 2007 , Jamie McMurray edges Kyle Busch at the line to win the Pepsi 400 in the final pre-COT Daytona race

Trust me on this...the action is so good, watch the entire video.

6. Speedweeks 2011, Trevor Bayne wins the Daytona 500 as a rookie, and brings the famed Wood Brothers #21 back to victory lane

Ok, by a show of hands, going into Speedweeks last year, how many of you thought Trevor Bayne (who didn't turn 20 until the day before the race) would win the race? Thought so.

5. Speedweeks 2007, Kevin Harvick earns the moniker "Mr. Where Did He Come From" as he edges Mark Martin to win the Daytona 500, the field begins to wreck off of Turn 4

Honestly, I was pulling for my driver Greg Biffle to win (was 3rd in the restart) but was perfectly content with Martin winning, hell he deserved it. Then, that #29 yellow dart came out of nowhere and bam...

4. Speedweeks 1979: Richard Petty holds off Darrell Waltrip to win the 500, The Allisons v. Cale Yarbrough happens in Turn 4 after wrecking in the lead

The first live NASCAR telecast on CBS didn't disappoint. By far, a key instrument in making NASCAR what it is today.

3. July 1984, Richard Petty wins his 200th and final NASCAR race in the Firecracker 400 in front of President Reagan

I say coronation of the King. Sorry President.

2. July 2001, Dale Jr. and Michael Waltrip finish 1-2 in the Pepsi 400 after the tragic finish in February and finally get to celebrate

I didn't even watch NASCAR at the time and I knew how much this meant to the sport. I get goosebumps watching this and listening to Allen Bestwick's call on NBC. 

And only one MAN can surpass this moment...

1. Speedweeks 1999, Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500 "After 20 years of trying, 20 years of frustration"

Just watch the video. It speaks way louder than I could ever do describing this.

I hope you enjoyed the "Jack Attack's 10 Favorite Daytona Moments" and don't forget to watch the 54th running of the Great American Race, the Daytona 500 on February 26 on your local FOX affiliate.

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