I had a great time tonight at Daytona! They ran a pair of 150 lappers, and each one was action packed.
What was not to love? Each race had a large field of cars, the track provides lots of varied and high quality concessions, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house either.
Hmmm…what else? How about a big scoring pylon that showed the top 15 spots? And don’t forget the two giant screen TV’s for replays.
I liked the fact that there is no wall in the corners. I someone spins or gets in trouble, they can easily get themselves out of the way. No outside wall saved lots of cautions, and that is fine with me.
A driver with a strong Florida connection, Ryan Preece was robbed of the win the Whelen modified 150. He led for 140+ laps, but was hit by a lapped car. On the restart, Ryan slipped (damage from the wreck?) and ended up forth.
The K&N race was won by the Mexican driver, Daniel Suarez. He also won two days earlier at New Smyrna, so he swept the K&N Florida tour. As well as Daniel drives, this one almost went a different way. Kenzie Rustin was passing Daniel for the lead when the yellow came out. She got into trouble on the restart, but he had certainly put herself in position for the “W”. Some talented young drivers are in K&N!
I’m not certain, but I believe this will be the last Battle at the Beach, at least in that location. The whole superstretch grandstand is coming down soon, so who knows what the future holds for this event. I will say the large crowd on hand certainly enjoyed this pair of hard-fought races.
Was it easy to pass? No, it wasn’t. But they did pass anyway, and besides, who ever said that passing had to be easy? They wrecked a bit too, but I don’t remember a single car going off on the hook, and I’ve seen much more wreckage from our Saturday night “backbone” classes, regardless of the track.