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The Great American Race

February 12, 2010

Make all the jokes you’d like about 500 miles of left turns and cars going in a circle, but I really like NASCAR and the Daytona 500. When I was little, I knew everything I could possibly know about racing. When I was in kindergarten or first grade I met Darryl Waltrip, Michael Waltrip and Sterling Marlin while they were eating dinner before a race at a small track by my house. I was told that the food fell right out of their mouths when I told them about their racing careers. I think I told Marlin about his 1992 crash at the Daytona 500 and yelled at Darryl because he and Rusty Wallace crashed at Pocono, and Rusty was my favorite driver.

He became my favorite driver because he was close friends with Greenfield Wisconsin native and NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki. He died when I was young and I almost didn’t go to school that day because I was so sad.

Before I get too teary eyed, here are some of my favorite and some of the most memorable moments in 500 history.

2007 : Harvick beats Martin by inches. this moment would be higher of Martin beat Harvick

1988: Petty’s wreck
1988(b) father/son Allison finish:  

1992: The Big one. This is my favorite  and first 500 moment.

2001: Dale’s Death.

1979: The fight that made the 500 famous

Check out All left turns for other 500 finishes and more NASCAR news

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