Now for the most famous words in all of racing:
"Drivers, start your windshield wipers!"
The Daytona 500 has had such buzzard's luck in recent years, the grand marshal of the race should be
"I've seen fire and I've seen rain."
And I've seen potholes and exploding jet dryers mar this race again and again.
On Sunday, the rains came just 38 laps into the race and drenched this star-crossed superspeedway, delaying the race for more than six hours and forcing track officials to evacuate the grandstands because of tornado warnings. This race has been so jinxed in recent years, would anybody have been surprised if that tornado warning turned into a
One of my biggest pet peeves in sports today is why sports leagues continue to roll the dice and schedule mega-events when they know storm systems are on the way? In this day and age of high-tech Doppler radar, can't they at least try to work around the weather?
The lack of common sense was on full display at Bay Hill last year when
And it happened at Daytona Sunday when race officials could have easily announced on Saturday that they were going to move up Sunday's
Question: Do you think the approximately 150,000 fans who showed up for the Daytona 500 Sunday would have preferred an
Then again, knowing the recent misfortune of Daytona,
Four years ago, potholes ravaged the track, causing the race to be delayed for more than two hours until maintenance workers filled in the holes with Bondo.
Three years ago, a torrential downpour postponed the race for the first time in its 54-year history. And then the following night, one of the most freakish events in
Then there was last year's race, which was overshadowed by a horrific wreck in the Nationwide event the day before the 500. The crash spewed engines, tires and other debris through the barrier fence and into the stands, injuring dozens of fans.
How does this continue to happen?
Why has Daytona 500 turned into Snakebit 500?
Sadly and surreally, the Great American Race has become the Great American Curse.
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