Just 47 days remaining for mega event Daytona 2017 Live, every one is waiting for this mega Nascar Car Race 2017, which will be held on 26th February 2017.
In the 2008 Daytona 500, Tony Stewart’s heartbreaking loss translated into an exhilarating win for Ryan Newman.With 50 days to go before the 2017 Daytona 500 (live on FOX on Feb. 26), it’s time to take a look back at the 50th running of the race in ’08.
Stewart, seeking his first win in NASCAR Daytona 500 Live most prestigious event in his 10th try, had the lead when the white flag flew signifying one lap to go.
Getting what he later called “a push from heaven” from his Penske Racing teammate Kurt Busch, Newman, who hadn’t won in 81 races, surged to the front when Stewart made the ill-advised decision to go low and try to hook up with his own teammate from Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch.
Matt Kenseth has no problem getting wet when it comes to racing in the Daytona 500.That’s because in the first of his two 500 wins, in 51st running of the Great American Race in 2009, the event was cut short by the rain. He also would go on to win the 500 a second time in 2012.
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With just 51 days remaining prior to the 2017 running of the Daytona 500 (televised live on FOX on Feb. 26), let’s take a closer look at Kenseth’s 2009 romp in the rain at the 2.5-mile track.
Kyle Busch started from the pole and led a race-high 88 laps before his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car became collateral damage in a huge multi-car wreck that occurred when Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun Brian Vickers into traffic toward the end of the backstretch on Lap 124.
Vickers was angry with Earnhardt afterward and accused him of intentionally wrecking him to deliberately try to bring out a caution so he could get back on the lead lap – a charge that Earnhardt denied.
“To wreck somebody intentionally like that in front of the entire field is really kind of dangerous. That’s my biggest problem with it. But, apparently, he wanted a caution pretty bad,” Vickers said of Earnhardt.
NASCAR penalized Earnhardt for overaggressive driving, even though he later stated: “I got a run on him and (Vickers) saw me coming. I had a big old run on him and I went to the inside. I didn’t try to make no late move and make some kind of surprise or anything. I just kind of ease on over and he went to block me and hit me in the fender, sending us both off. It sent me down into the grass and I tried to recover my car. I got back into him coming back into the race track.”
Pressed further, Earnhardt added: “It was accidental. I didn’t want to wreck the field.”Meanwhile, on Lap 146 of the race scheduled for 200 laps, Kenseth took the lead from Elliott Sadler. Aric Almirola was spun by Kasey Kahne shortly thereafter after Almirola made contact with Sam Hornish Jr. on the backstretch, bringing out another caution.
As the cars circled the track under yellow, rain began to fall — slowly, at first … and then more steadily.
NASCAR brought the cars to pit road and red-flagged the race. Sixteen minutes later, with the rain falling harder and Kenseth still in his car (many other drivers exited theirs as soon as the red-flag period began), NASCAR called the race and declared Kenseth the winner of his second Daytona 500.
Driving the No. 17 DeWalt-sponsored Ford for car owner Jack Roush, Kenseth was overcome with joy after winning the 500 on his 10th try.
“It’s going to be really wet out here because I’m crying like a baby,” said a jubilant Kenseth moments later.With Stewart out of the way on the high side, Busch pushed Newman to the lead and, ultimately, the victory.
“Kurt was the push from heaven that made it all happen,” Newman said after the race. “Without a doubt, he could have easily gone three-wide and split us through the center and made one heck of a mess there. But he chose to be a teammate, and that was the most honorable thing that he could do.”
Stewart, on the other hand, was left to lament the fact that in a split second, with two choices to make, he made the wrong one. And going low to try to hook up with Kyle Busch instead of moving up high to block the Penske train cost him dearly.
“It would be a lie to come in here and say I was happy about, you know, going from first to third on the last lap of the Daytona 500,” he said after Newman rode Kurt Busch’s high-speed, high-side shove to the dramatic win. “We tried to win the Daytona 500 Live Stream. That’s all I can say. I just made the wrong decision on the backstretch.
“My intention was to get in front of Kyle and pull Kyle along with us. It’s hard to explain. It’s probably one of the most disappointing moments in my racing career.”
In a twist of irony, Newman and Stewart would be teammates in the next Daytona 500 in 2009 — after Stewart left JGR to help form Stewart-Haas Racing and hired Newman to be his fellow SHR driver.
But in seven more attempts, Stewart never again came as close to winning a Daytona 500. He retired as a NASCAR Premier Series driver at the end of last season with a pair of wins in the Daytona 2017 Live July race, but came up empty for his Cup career in the 500.(Source)