Last year, 2010 with Speedweeks in Florida and the New Smyrna World
Series history most of the auto racing snow birds had headed back
north to await the beginning of the 2010 season at their favorite
tracks. For the most part race fans and teams endured the cold, wind
and rain during their stays in the sunshine state. The racing at New
Smyrna could have been better but the somewhat short fields didnít
help. Ted Christopher was off his game a bit as many thought he
would clean house in Fla. Keith Rocco had a chance to prove himself
but he blew it when he went after Ron Silk. Rocco has a lot of raw
talent but he needed to tone it down a bit.
A big disappointment was the fact that Burt Myers didnít come to New
Smyrna to trade paint with the northern boys. Myers has become
somewhat of a racing personality because of his part in the Mad
House reality show on the Speed Channel.
Had occasion to speak to Bob Garbarino who stated that he was
surprised to hear from Donny Lia that he was going with the trucks.
In the mean time, he said, no deals with any one had been made. It
could very well mean that the Mystic Missile has taken its final
Lou Modestino reported that the recession has hit the Daytona Beach
area hard with several businesses closed up, and there were lots of
half-priced tickets for the big events at Daytona International
Speedway. He also stated that there were a lot of room vacancies,
even though the room rates at the major hotels had dropped prices,
some as much as two-thirds.
Between the weather and the ailing economy, things were way off from
a few years ago in the Daytona Beach area.
Kyle Busch barely overtook Greg Biffle out of the final turn in a
green-white-checker finish to win by 0.051 seconds in the NASCAR
Nationwide race at Fontana, California on Saturday, with Brad
Keselowski right behind them.
It was a heartbreaking loss for polesitter Joey Logano, who led 130
laps and was up front when the final caution came out. Busch's Joe
Gibbs Racing teammate finished fifth.
Danica Patrick was 31st in her second Nationwide race, three laps
off the pace and ahead of six other cars that were still running at
In Sprint Cup action Jimmie Johnson held of Kevin Harvick to take
the win at Fontana. Johnson scored his 48th career victory, which
came at the same track where he got his first one eight years
previous. He led eight times for 101 laps to win for the fifth time
in 15 starts at California, including the last three fall races
there. Harvick finished 1.523 seconds behind Johnson, with teammate
Jeff Burton in third. Clint Bowyer was eighth, putting all three
Childress drivers in the top 11 for the second straight week.
This week are several vintage racing
photos of the late Gene Bergin who passed away on Feburary 27th Courtesy of SpeedwayLineReport.com & Dave Dyke's Racing
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