Fighting Mother Nature, Again

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comOnce again this NASCAR season, I found myself following weather forecasters more than the actual race this past weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

I knew we were in for a long weekend when the speedway tweeted out about terrible weather and to take cover on their official Twitter account. Nevertheless, the race finally ran. Although the race was scheduled for Saturday night, the only vehicles going around the track that night were the Air Titans, attempting to blow water off the track. However, they were unsuccessful, due to lingering storms.

With that said, the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports car driven by Aric Almirola prevailed as the victor in a rain shortened Sunday race. It was a survival of the fittest out there on the track. First, there was a hellacious wreck that took out some very good cars.

Drivers like Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr , among others, were taken out of contention on lap 24. The 88 of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., was caught up in that wreck as well. More on him later. Dark clouds hovered over and around the speedway as the race got closer to the halfway point (official race if there is inclement weather at halfway). Drivers were getting antsy.

Here was the big one part 2 of the day. It was so bad, even one driver, Kyle Busch, found his car upside down after all was said and done. The wreck was so bad, that Dale Jr., was running 32nd before the wreck. He avoided the wreck, and restarted in the 8th position. He benefited 24 positions from a wreck. He was lucky enough to be behind the cars involved, and just stopped, to avoid the mass carnage in front of him. His car was junk after being involved in the first big one of the day. He wound up finishing 14th, being the beneficiary of much attrition. Congrats to Aric Almirola. It was the first victory for Petty Motorsports in the 43 car, since 1999. Now, he is in the chase.

New England, Here We Come

The 1-mile oval track, known as New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will be the track the boys and girl will attempt to tame this Sunday. The two New Hampshire winners from last year are still looking for a victory this season, Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth. The top rated drivers at New Hampshire are Tony Stewart, followed by Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Cllint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Newman. I’m betting that ol’ Jimmie Johnson gets back in Victory Lane this weekend.

Until next week, keep em’ clean.

About Jason Hildebrand

Jason Hildebrand was born in Cleveland, Tenn. and has lived his entire life in Bradley County. Jason started playing baseball at a very early age and went on to play at Cleveland High School where he graduated from in 1992. After graduation, Jason attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville before graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
An avid sports fan, Jason’s is a season ticket holder at the The University of Alabama. He has been fortunate enough to be a part of the last two Crimson Tide National Championships (’09 BCS game in Pasadena, CA and ’11 BCS game in New Orleans, LA). Though he primarily cheers, “Roll Tide Roll!,” he keeps up with all Collegiate football, regionally and nationally.
He is currently a co-host on the Sports Drive and the sideline reporter for Cleveland High School. He has been blogging for since 2014.
In Jason’s spare time he enjoys playing golf and cooking (outdoors). Jason is the son of Terry and Diane Hildebrand, from Cleveland, TN. His birthday is October 3rd , and he is also the husband of Emily Beaty.

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