Daytona 500 Live Stream: As long as NASCAR continues to improve their race tracks, we will see plenty of action and excitement at Daytona 500. For the first time, fans will get a look at a pair of two-wheel-drive cars competing and we will get an opportunity to see if the pit crew can take care of their racing cars.
At the point of the first turn at Daytona in 1998, Jimmie Johnson took the lead and raced down to the checkered flag with the lead car. Eight years later he repeated the feat with a truck-based car and became the youngest person to win a Daytona 500. He and Jeff Gordon, who had run the same truck at the 1998 Indy 500, were joined by other drivers such as Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, and Matt Kenseth.
This year we will see eight drivers races and compete in this year’s Daytona 500 at Speedweeks. With the new rules in place by NASCAR and with improved competition in the form of trucks and modified cars, there is only one driver that is guaranteed to lead the pack from start to finish – and that is Jimmie Johnson. Of course, we all know that he is the favorite and will be the favorite for quite some time, but we also know that any of the other drivers would be ready to challenge for his crown in the end. After eight years of being called the King of Sports Cars and after running several different cars in this series, Johnson is almost an automatic choice for the title.
As we have seen throughout the years with the improvements made by NASCAR in handling and tuning their cars, the competition has become extremely fierce. This year we will see two different classes of cars that are ready to take this opportunity and run with all of the muscle that is necessary to defeat the best of them. With the average age of drivers in the field not exceeding thirty, we have the opportunity to see two very young drivers in race day. The big problem that we have is that they may not be able to get in a rhythm and have the consistency to compete well, but they will have to do so at Daytona.
In order to get from one end of the race track to the other, a driver has to get off of the road and make a pass or two to get through the chicanes that allow them to go through traffic and head for the first turn. Speedweeks is home to some of the most challenging tracks that can be found anywhere. It is great fun for racers and spectators and is certainly the best way to gauge which drivers are up to the task. These drivers have the competition within themselves to perform in such challenging conditions and that is a great advantage over a driver who has had some time to practice on his own.
Many years ago a NASCAR fan was saying about NASCAR, “they don’t care about the fans because they’re just after money” and that is a great point. However, we are seeing a lot of changes in the industry and some changes in NASCAR that will positively impact fan interaction, sponsorship, and the amount of cash going into the sport.
The track layout has undergone many changes and there is a lot of attention to detail that goes into making this one of the best tracks in the country. Although there is a heavy emphasis on speed, the fans will get a true feel for the track and will enjoy the view from the grandstands.