Get Well Soon, Travis Pastrana! 
Crap. I was really looking forward to Travis' debut tomorrow in the Nationwide series at IRP, but now it appears that he's broken.

I don't expect anyone would want to make their first major stock car race with a broken ankle, so I suspect he'll delay his start. It's too bad. He's quite the character and NASCAR will do well to have him involved.

Here's hoping he recovers soon and can be back in the spotlight sooner rather than later.

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IndyCar Racing is Back 
The IndyCar race was the best racing for this weekend. Maybe F1 should take some pointers with their double-file restarts and their push-to-pass system. It made for way better racing than F1's stupid moving wing did!

Congrats to Dario who's off to a great start! After a lot of chaos at the beginning of the race, things sorted out and Dario drove off to about the same easy victory that Vettel had in the F1 race, but the racing behind him was much more exciting.

The NASCAR race at Fontana was relatively boring... but it usually is. NASCAR has the best racing overall and thankfully has a lot of variety in the tracks. While this week was nothing to write home about, next week at Martinsville should be blast as it usually is!

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F1 Racing is Back 
I just watched the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel and Hamilton started 1st and 2nd. Vettel and Hamilton finished 1st and 2nd.

The only really interesting battle during the whole race involved Button trying for many laps to pass Massa, who was clearly slower.

He couldn't do it, and finally resorted to cutting a corner to get by. After a few laps of discussion and debate, he was given a penalty and that was that.

The stupid new adjustable rear wing and all the stupid rules about when it could and couldn't be used never really had any impact. I saw one pass in the whole race that could be attributed to its use. Big deal.

It looks like F1 is going to remain the most overrated form of racing yet again this year. I'll keep watching for a few more races to see if anything is really different, but it's not looking good to start.

Now I'm going to watch the opening of the IndyCar series and see if that's still better. I expect it will be.

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Fords are Fast! 
There seems to be an ongoing theme this season in NASCAR when it comes to qualifying.

The Fords are VERY fast!

Good for them, I guess. It's not necessarily translating to top finishes... or finishing at all for that matter... but they seem to have definitely found something unique.

It'll be interesting to see whether the other three catch up sooner rather than later.

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What's Become of Daytona? 
I'm looking forward with anticipation to the Duel's on Thursday and the Daytona 500 next Sunday. I'm hoping it's not the last time I look forward to Daytona for a long time.

I'm not sure what to make of it. The Bud Shootout yesterday was different than anything we've ever seen before.

We've seen pairs of cars hook up before and break away from the pack. But that was when there was a pack and the tandems would stick together for a sprint.

If yesterday's race was any indication, now there's no more pack. There's these tandem pairs of cars all around the track, acting as one. If you don't have a partner, you're probably going to fall behind and I'm really not entirely sure why that is. I don't know why a single car can't stick to the back of a pair and keep up. It just doesn't seem to be possible.

With that in mind, the racing is entirely different now. Is it better? Worse? The Shootout just wasn't long enough to get a good impression. I'm looking forward to Sunday to find out.

The biggest question on my mind was what was going to happen on the last lap. Denny Hamlin answered that by bailing on his partner and trying to make a pass. It didn't work... but it might have if he'd picked another line. That means there's still going to be lots of drama at the end. Hopefully.

If the ARCA race was any indication, I suspect the Truck race is going to be a boring affair. They had so much grip, and couldn't bump draft (similar to the trucks) that all they could do was run around the bottom of the track in single file. Anyone who tried to move up to make a pass, just fell to the back. There was one boring line, and that was that.

I won't make any judgement calls just yet on whether they've ruined Daytona. I don't think they've made it better. It's novel... but I loved what it used to be. We'll see whether the novelty wears off or whether it's something entirely new and interesting that people will look forward to for years to come.

One thing's for sure... it sure is fast!


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