Archive | January 14, 2012

Daytone Winter Tesing 2012

Kevin Harvick Says via his Facebook:

Getting closer and closer to the Daytona 500!

NASCAR Winter testing in Daytona and I could not be more excited. This means that we are less than a month away from Daytona 2012 Speed Week and the opening race the Daytona 500.

I am a big, no make that HUGE NASCAR FAN. It is the one sport I never miss. If I cannot be home to watch the race I DVR the race. I’ve been  a fan of stock car racing since a young girl when my big brother raced at the Portland [Oregon ] Racing International Speedway The  PRI.  My brother ran a 67 goat, for those unaware this is a 1967 GTO, my favorite muscle car at the time. I to this day can recall t smell of rubber and the roar of all those horses put together in one track. I love it! Gives my skin goose bumps.

So the start of the 2012 season is just around the corner and this is the year that a driver will win his or hers  first ever Chase. His or her first Nascar Championship. This is the year that my driver, #29, Kevin “Happy” Harvick will take home that chase trophy. I have confidence in him, I have faith in his team.

Kevin took over the ride for team owner Richard Childress right after my long time Fave Dale Earnhardt Sr died in a crash at Daytona that we all that he was going to walk away from. We’d seen much worse. But even as the race continued and the commentators spoke Dale was dead. Dead from an odd crash that broke his neck. Since then because of what happened there has now been a new rule put into place. No driver can drive without what is called a Hans Device. It is a heavy-duty seat belt constructed to brace a driver’s head and neck intact to his head rest. Although it limits a drivers range of motion and there for creating blind spots it saves lives. NASCAR had not demanded these devices as a rule until after this awful tragic wreck. This device and new safety barrier walls put in place have greatly reduced the risk of severe injury or like in dale’s case, worse.

And the drivers need these kind of safety implements now more than ever. 2912 winter testing found the drivers reaching seeds of 205 mph with no effort. Granted this is a speedway they are on, and the smaller half mile tracks will never allow them to reach these speeds. But the speedways will. How exciting! I have not heard that NASCAR will attempt to “muffle” or restrict these speeds, but by race day we all know that they could very well come up with a restrictor plate to put over the carburetor to act as a governor and reduce the speed they are capable of. We’ll have to wait and see.

But it’s going to be one hell of a NASCAR season in my opinion. Now let’s get er done…. Boogity, Boogity, B, as our favorite NASCAR voice , Darryl Waltrip, aka DW starts every race in the winter and early spring.

And can I just say that I detest that other networks get in on the action of broadcasting the races. And that I myself would prefer to that they stick with Fox all season long.

Just saying….

©tjhelser 2012

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