Listening to the Can Am Duels at Daytona was nothing short of penultimate. The sparks to the shuffling made it sound. From being shuffled to the back and retaking the lead, Chase Elliott will sure be a threat on restricted or plate tracks years to come. Along with hearing Big Mac Jaimie McMurray being aggressive which isn't to say he can't drive. It's a race that not only determines inside and outside starting rows, it's a show that still shows the best of the best at the start of the season. Throwing moves right and left he didn't give up Jaimie proved to give Elliott a fight along with others, but couldn't fend off Chase for the win in the first duel. The second duel following Chase's win came from Denny Hamlin, but was thought to be Jr who clearly had his mojo back from the concussion absence in mid to late 2016. Even tho Dale didn't win, it certainly shows he's back. Onto the Truck Series of things, before the race started I would like to point out the character of one individual who I had no idea who he was or that he was even in it. Noah Gragson who before the race started he got emotional for the loss of an individual who's name is Stephanie. It shows a certain character not many show and then work up the courage to go 190mph. With just two laps in, luck ran out for Noah being caught up in the big one, but in the end it's just how racing goes. Having the lead on the final lap, Matt Crafton going head to head with Johnny Sauter for the lead. Crafton was hit flipped over once and landing on all fours. Thankfully, safety prevailed. Kaz Grala, rookie for GMS Racing only 18 years old took the checkered flag for the race. As for the opening Xfinity series race, new hopefuls winning were very slim Saturday. When you wait for the silent, but elephant in the room "Big One" wreck you usually expect one or two to happen and the second being mostly light. It's expected with plate racing in all series, but for the first time for the plate tracks in Xfinity the series went back to pack racing with a new spoiler as opposed to tandem. These guys know what they are doing at 190mph. If you think about pack racing isn't something most of those drivers are used to tandem racing. The one thing I would take stock in would be a hell of a lot of Speedy Dry from all the wrecks. While watching the Xfinity race I notice the different strategies taken by other teams that make the stage racing worth its while and what it means for the cup guys. The idea of taking 2/3 of the race and giving it purpose feels like other teams can get an advantage without having to win making the mid race shuffle worth watching.
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