I’m not a McDowell fan, nor a Logano fan for that matter, but I do root for #12 Penske and Ford over other major teams. I would’ve loved for a Mustang to take the win today, and my kiddo would’ve loved to see Joey win another one. Still, I have to go with McDowell on this one:
Said McDowell: “I just told him that my team doesn’t pay me to push Joey Logano to a win. That’s not what I get paid to do…That’s what’s so frustrating. You’ve got guys that are like, ‘Hey, why didn’t you go with me?’ Well, because every time I’m in the front, you shook me out, and so what makes you think I’m going to push you to a win when you leave me high and dry the whole entire day?”
I texted a longtime friend prior to today’s race. Like me, he grew up around the sport, but he had a different kind of access via familial connections to one of the oldest speedways. I typed “Tuning into the Daytona 500 is like sticking with a TV series long after it jumped the shark. I’m no longer emotionally invested, I just want to see how it all ends.”
Plate racing hasn’t always been like this. They weren’t always bunched up like now. There weren’t 3+ Big Ones at every plate race. In 1997 the entire Talladega race ran caution free.
It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be this way.
→ Austin Dillon, first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Winner – Daytona (February/2018)
Well gooooooolly. This sure flies in the face of that Denny commercial Toyota paid to play 50+ times during the race.
Get stuffed, Denny.