Grading Daytona 500 performances
Where to begin? A race that was scheduled to begin Sunday, ended Tuesday. A caution extended when a car spun into a jet dryer, causing a fireball and 200 gallons of jet fuel to burn the track. A driver tweeting pictures from his car during the delay. A race resuming and going beyond the scheduled distance. A fan favorite nearly winning the Daytona 500.
With so much that happened, NASCAR President Mike Helton was asked after the race if he had seen anything like this and said: "You do think about, "Oh my gosh, if that can happen, what else can happen.''
Much did and here's some drivers graded on their performance:
First, a grade for the race that had it all.
For those who managed to stay up well past midnight, we'll give it an B+. Can't give an A for this race because of what fans had to endure over the wait from Sunday.
From strictly a racing perspective, though, I give the race an A. The pack racing that so many fans wanted returned. And with it came the multi-car crashes. It was enough to keep people watching even as night turned into early morning.
For all of Speedweeks, Daytona gets a B. It would have been a higher grade but the rain delay from Sunday to Monday night dropped it down a notch. That's a shame because Speedweeks was about as entertaining as it has been in recent years, especially with its surprise winners in the Truck and Nationwide races.
As for the drivers ...