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RE: Daytona 500 redux
It certainly over shadowed the fact that the Hendrick cars finished one,
two, three. It is also a shame Bill
Elliot couldn't hang on for the win. In his own words "Once the those
Hendrick cars hooked up I was history".
For a restrictor plate race, it was one of the best I've seen, hands
down. My buddy and I were joking about how it looked like a short track
For those outside the states, a restrictor plate race is a race that
the motors have a plate between the carburator and the manifold to
restrict the amount or air/fuel mixture that gets into the engine. The
difference is substancial. At all but two tracks these cars make about
750hp (559.27kw). At the two tracks with restrictor plates, Daytona and
my favorite Talladaga the motors are restricted to 450hp(335.56kw).
Anton J. Gaidos, III
Motorola Computer Group
"The fortunate man knows how much he can safely leave to chance"
>From: Daniel Hussey[SMTP:GY3WSX@VM.SC.EDU]
>Sent: Monday, February 17, 1997 4:58 PM
>Subject: Daytona 500 redux
> Sorry to waste the bandwith with NASCAR stuff, but for you NASCAR fans
>there....I have a new respect for "the man" Dale Earnhardt! For those of you
>who didn't see it, you missed a great race. But, Dale took the cake when he
>d Jeff Gordon (the winner) were both going into a turn. Dale got pushed into
>the outer wall and lost control of the vehicle. His car literally spun
>flipped over, and landed back on it's wheels on the other side of the track.
>It was a pretty specatcular wreck and it looked like his day was over. The
>ulance and crew went over immediately to see if he was OK. Dale Earnhardt
>helped out of the car and onto the back of the ambulance where they proceded
>check him over and see if he was OK. Then, Dale, looking at his mangled car
>ticed that it still had four wheels on it, and asked one of the crew members
>see if it would crank. The crew member got in, and it cranked right up!
>ardt got out of the back of the ambulance, told the crew guy to "Get out of
>re, I'm gettin' in!", and he proceded to just that. He drove the car around
>e tarck and into pit lane. The crew duct taped the car up as best they could
>so at least the body panels weren't flappin' in the wind). And, Dale
>went back out there and finnished the race! Of course he finnished towards
>back of the pack, but this was one of the coolest things I have seen in
>recently, and this goes to show you what kinda guy Dale Earnhardt is! I have
>lways liked Earnhardt, but I now have even a deeper respect for him after
>weekend. Sorry, to waste the bandwith, but I just thought I'd let y'all know
>hat NASCAR ain't all half bad!