Last night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 closed out it’s event with quite the exciting stir.
With 6 laps left, one of the most exciting possibilities for a NASCAR race-winner, Danica Patrick, steam-trained to the front of the pack, being pushed by whom I believe was Aric Almirola. With 5 to go they found themselves so far out front that what little aero advantage they had went away and the pack caught them.
You could hear the crowd at Daytona International Raceway cheering loudly as Danica Patrick took and held the lead, though it only lasted for 2 laps.
For but a moment, I thought we were going to get to see a piece of NASCAR and racing history in the making. But alas, it would not be such for our bright green printed GoDaddy Chevy driver.
With only 4 laps to go things started to change for everyone as one tandem team after another jockeyed for the coveted spot that would let them out-draft the others into the win.
It was that turn-4 rush on the final lap of Daytona that things became a bit of a tire-smoking puzzle. The Patrick/Almirola team were coming around the outside when Mike Wallace found himself a little askew and Patrick reacted to that moment by jinking high to avoid disaster. Yet as she came back down to get back in front of Almirola, the No. 88 front bumper hooked the No. 7′s back bumper and the only multi-car carnage of the race ensued.
It was classic restrictor-plate racing as cars were facing every which way crossing the finish line. And despite it all, Danica Patrick finish 10th, due in part, to her keeping her foot in it after things went awry. Now on TV, they were showing Patrick 9th, but right now on NASCAR.com, they’re showing her unofficially as 10th.
Through it all, Joey Logano snagged his first 2011 Nationwide Series win of the season and his 9th overall, being pushed by Kyle Busch, who was vying for a NASCAR record in the 2nd tier level of their racing league.
Jason Leffler was the highest finishing NNS points competitor, coming in 2nd and Reed Sorenson, also earning points in the NNS, came in 3rd. Kyle Busch was 4th, Justin Allgaier was 5th.
Jeffrey Earnhardt finished 19th, but as a non-points contender & Trevor Bayne crossed the start/finish line 22nd.
Check out Mike Wallace’s Cowboys & Aliens sponsored car:
I have to admit that even though I’m not a fan of the NASCAR enforced two-car tandem racing, I’m starting to maybe, just maybe, change my mind, as this was a pretty exciting run to the finish, barring the wreck.