Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Road To Daytona - Part VI

As this Road To Daytona comes to a close we look back on all of the great things that happened. Though some bad things did happen the good things seemed to overshadow the bad which is what normally happens. Many things were supposed to happen but didn't. As many of you know Daytona International Speedway declined my credential request on the 3rd of February which left me really just clawing and scratching to stay on the road and just trying to find someone who had an open spot on their credentials. As I began to fall off of the Road I got help from the Chaplain of ARCA who gave me a credential for the ARCA Race which covered the Sprint Unlimited also. I had all intentions of attending qualifying with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hot Pass through a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Due to situations that did not happen and I was left sitting on the outside looking in. Buffalo Wild Wings in Daytona to be exact. As the week continued me and my dad went around central Florida for some sight seeing. We went to the Washington Nationals Spring Training Park on the Space Coast (Washington is my favorite Baseball team) and then we headed for a hotel we picked up in Kissimmee. As the week progressed I kept in contact with Derrike Cope Racing's sponsor Ice Aid. As I sat, still without a Hot Pass and at Risk of missing the Truck and Xfinity Race which is very depressing in a sort. I went through Ice Aid, which is a very wonderful product I suggest everyone check out, to get my credentials which landed me with an Xfinity Series Hot Pass like I will have next weekend in Atlanta.
When I got to the Track on Friday Afternoon I met up with my friend Ray Black Jr. who I had met last year in the Sprint Fan Zone and then I saw my other friend Ryan Ellis. I stayed and watched the Truck Race Friday Night and got to watch it with my buddy Cody Lane, who I will be doing some work for here in the next month. After the race we headed back to the Hotel.
On Saturday I got to the track rather late but got there just as Driver Intro's were ending. As I was walking up and down Pit Row I saw a guy who looked a lot like Gabriel Iglesias, the comedian who I am personally a huge fan of. I made it my goal to find him and get a picture with him. As you can see to the right I did. Very nice guy just as he talks about with his act! When the race was over with I headed out and met up with Cody. Me, Him, my dad and Jake Dewitt and his wife Amber who are big fans of my blog ate Dinner. It was awesome to meet them as they have been followers of my blog since it began. As I write this I am packing and getting ready to head back home as this week long trips get tiring. I just want to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers and I want to thank those who helped make this Road To Daytona a Success! They include my Mom and Dad, Kyle Lockrow, Caleb Higgins, Charmaine Desjardins, Nathalie Bijeau, Cody Lane, Kevin Lane, Darryl Woodruff, Michel Disdier, Gabriel Iglesias, Ken Squier, Billy Fulcher, Ray Black Jr., Ryan Ellis, Matt Weaver, Bob Pockrass, along with a couple other people. I was asked what the best part of the trip was and I have to say that is a hard choice. From getting called an Excellent Writer by a NASCAR Icon or meeting one of my favorite Comedians it's kind of a tough choice and I will just say that this whole trip has been amazing! Again thank you to everyone who has helped, prayed, supported, or just been there! Now the Road to Daytona begins again. This time the destination will be the 59th Annual Daytona 500 in 2017. (Koelle,2016)

Chase Elliott holds off Defending Daytona 500 Winner to Win The PowerShares QQQ 300!

After a very eventful Truck Race Friday Night it was the Xfinity Series turn to take the spotlight and they sure did it with some exciting racing.  A rather calm race sort of with only 3 major incidents that did not involve more than 3 cars. Chase Elliott stayed around the front a majority of the day, getting used to where he will start tomorrow's 58th Annual Daytona 500. Joey Logano had the chance to wreck Chase at the end but did not take the chance which gained many fans respect. "Once he pushed us up toward the wall I knew our momentum was shot and we couldn't get passed him with that little amount of distance to go ." stated Joey Logano, last years winner of the Daytona 500. Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, and Austin Dillon rounded out the Top 5.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver of The Week

After having a very successful first run with the newly formed Kaulig Racing Blake Koch earned this award. Blake stayed up front a majority of the race and landed in 9th place finishing spot. Blake continues to impress fans and I am sure with impressed fans more sponsors may sign with Blake. I could honestly see Blake's first win coming very soon in his career. Blake seems to be with a team that is more competitive than the ones he has raced for in the past and I could see it pay off. It's rare to see a team come out of the gate this well so maybe we are a witness to something very special out of this #11 Camp! Congrats Blake on Becoming the First Xfinity Series Driver of The Week!

Results of The PowerShares QQQ 300

1 88 Chase Elliott
2 22 Joey Logano
3 5 Kasey Kahne
4 1 Elliott Sadler
5 2 Austin Dillon
6 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
7 33 Brandon Jones
8 19 Daniel Suarez
9 11 Blake Koch
10 62 Brendan Gaughan
11 98 Aric Almirola
12 7 Justin Allgaier
13 3 Ty Dillon
14 28 Dakoda Armstrong
15 51 Jeremy Clements
16 16 Ryan Reed
17 05 John Wes Townley
18 44 David Starr
19 87 Joe Nemechek
20 39 Ryan Sieg
21 24 Matt Tifft
22 4 Ross Chastain
23 18 Bobby Labonte
24 78 B J McLeod
25 43 Jeb Burton
27 48 Brennan Poole
28 25 Chris Cockrum
29 93 Scott Lagasse Jr.
30 0 Eric McClure
31 20 Erik Jones
32 52 Joey Gase
33 07 Ray Black Jr.
34 42 Kyle Larson
35 14 Benny Gordon
36 89 Morgan Shepherd
37 17 Jeff Green
38 90 Martin Roy
39 85 Bobby Gerhart
40 01 Ryan Preece

Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne are not eligible for points so Elliott Sadler is the points leader heading to the next race in Atlanta. No driver locked into the Chase this weekend as a Cup Regular took a victory from the Xfinity Series Regulars.

Next Race

After a rather Calm PowerShares QQQ 300 at the Daytona International Speedway, the Atlanta Motor Speedway lays in wait for the NASCAR Xfintiy Series where names are made. Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of this race and if in the field Saturday will certainly be a favorite. I see a lot of  green flag action next Saturday Afternoon and I am predicting we will see that on Xfinity Series Regular that will dominate this season will rise!