Atlanta Motor Speedway... one of the greatest tracks on the NASCAR circuit that has provided rich tradition for many years. Since 1997 it has given us multi groove racing along with the fun slipping and sliding. News broke days ago that the track had announced it would be repaving the surface. A new surface means two things, upset fans and concrete breaking prevention. The upset fans will come crawling out of the wood work, but need to understand that cement breaks over time. Now it's understandable that some maybe upset about it being repaved that will we see the same single file racing we see elsewhere with other tracks that are recently repaved. It's a fear you have to put up with only for a couple years when it's broke in. I think it will be one of the special tracks to still watch as the second race of the season when it's done.
In other news, I read that Michael Waltrip is going to compete in another Daytona 500. What my opinion on that? Well I have two of them on the matter. First one being, he doesn't need to even though he wants to. Second one, he's only doing it because he has more couch cushion change than I do.
I'm sure Michael has saved and invested his money well over the years and many will tell me it's none of my business what he does with that money and I would be okay with that. The truth is that Michael isn't racing for money or for one more win, its recapturing that once New now old D.E.I. Glory. The team owned by Dale Sr. on the last lap at Daytona just before Dale died, Michael won his first 500 with Dale Sr & Jr's help. I'm not saying it wasn't a deserved win at the time or just plain luck. It was all done with good team work and equipment.
All that being said all the wins he did accumulate with D.E.I. are legit and ranks up with the elite. Forward to 2017, the sport stands in a completely different era than it was in 2001. Teams, drivers & owners have shifted and have been phased out along with a new Cup sponsor. As we get older we all want to capture some part of our youth being at whatever age we are now. I would like to see Michael Waltrip succeed as much as the next guy, but in reality all I see is a driver who looks to add on to an already built legacy seems Redundant. His finishes at the 500 in recent years have been less than par and being only the race or two he enters, it goes to show he has a lot couch cushion money to whip a team together to finish less than a top 20. I would save the money and just stay with FOX Sports. What do you think?
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