I will say we have witnessed the strangest Daytona 500 ever run. About an equal amount of cautions between the Xfinity and Cup. Which I previously thought the Xfinity cautions were brought out from the different spoiler package, but turns out the Cup guys had the same problem. The fan base about shit a brick with this new stage format which exactly is the reason why we had so many wrecks. The wrecks aren't what I'm pointing out as the entertainment part. No, the reason they were wrecking so much is because every driver at once had to be aggressive to earn every point they could. It's not like the old way where you could casually work your way to a top ten. Now you have a certain amount of laps per segment to get yourself the best position possible but you have to move quickly. With it being new, I'm certain drivers will adapt to being more faster. The reason they went with this format is to accommodate a hopeful future fan base of the millennial crowd. I like it's fast paced action at Daytona. Some didn't and it's okay to say so, but good lord some people need to be less compulsive about it. Going into the racing part that was racing and not wrecking, a notable Kyle Busch had a tire go down taking out part of the field. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the guy we all feared hitting the was Dale Earnhardt Jr running over the hood of the 18 and lightly hitting the wall. My first reaction was "oh god I hope Dale is okay" being checked out as ok, I was okay too. Having been absent in 2016 from concussions. It's something to be weary of seeing him race. As the end of 500 came to a close, you could say five different drivers had a shot at winning. Shuffling back and forth. Elliott we all secretly rooted to win ran out of gas, but kicked in the reserve only to be short giving Larson the chance. As Larson pulled out in front of Truex, him and Larson both fell back giving Kurt the lead and the win. People were screaming on twitter about how he is sponsored by Monster Energy the main title sponsor. People were cramping their fingers saying it was a conspiracy that it happened. It seriously wasn't and would be impossible to pull of even if the sanctioning body wanted to. After today. I don't think it's NASCAR hurting the sport. It's the way some of the fan base treats it.
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