Erik Jones took the W in exciting fashion in the final lap.
It was an ugly race, but a wild ride, too!
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A few minor accidents across the early stages added some drama, but I must say this stage system stuff isn't something I love. Their playoff system I was reading about is a bit annoying, too. It all feels needless.
I wish I could root for one of the Toyota drivers, since I still believe that the reason I survived that accident a few years ago is because of how safe the brand is, but sadly I just can't. As of right now, the only driver in the bunch I support is Keselowski. Might I add, though, that NASCAR still has a serious diversity issue!
With less than 20 to go, the big one finally happened.
That was a game changer.
Logano can fuck right off for that one.
Now, note that one of the scariest things I've ever seen in racing took place shortly after during overtime final lap. You can tell just how much safer these cars are now versus where they were in 2001. Luckily, Newman was largely okay.
The finish was also worth noting for being one of the closest ever, with Hamlin taking the overall W.
NASCAR has a bit of an image issue and is in need to bringing in new fans. I credit their YouTube channel for being well rounded, but think they have a lot of improvements still needing to be made. In regards to their season opener, I found the Clash and Daytona 500 to be enjoyable experiences with a lot of technical, strategic racing and some chaos sprinkled in.
Racing isn't for everyone, and that's fine. I haven't been watching for a pretty long time but you can likely expect more of these posts moving forward, especially as long as my son is having a good time!