My View on “The Great American Race”

The race of attrition is here! I can’t wait to see “The Big One” with torn-up race cars and the 200 mph follow-the-leader trains! The start of the racing season is here!

It’s going to be great!

Ok, sarcasm aside, I am ecstatic for the NASCAR season to start, but I am equally not ecstatic for the Daytona 500.

I know, blasphemy. How dare I!? I’ll give you a moment to find your torch and pitchforks.

The race always seemed to be a crapshoot to me. Make the right moves at the right time with A LOT of luck, and you’ll find yourself up front with a shot to win against half the original starting field…cause you know…they all wrecked.

Collecting a win here can put your name among some of the greats of NASCAR, but it doesn’t mean you are great or that you ever will be. Prime examples of that are Derrick Cope and Trevor Bayne. On the flip side, it’s also a race that doesn’t define a career like 3-time champion Tony Stewart.

The prestige that Daytona International Speedway has in NASCAR and the hold that “The World Center of Racing” has on motorsports worldwide is what makes the Daytona 500 continue to be the biggest race in NASCAR.

So, if plate racing is for you, enjoy Sunday. If you’re like me, you’ll watch it knowing that the season truly starts next Sunday in Atlanta.

Scott Masom

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