Ever since Johnny Sauter uttered that word over and over following his first Truck Series win in 2009, I have noticed that it has become one of the most used phrases to describe something that happened on track. It ramped up over Speedweeks. From Kurt Busch?s post race interview in the Shootout to describing Trevor Bayne?s conquest of the Daytona 500, everyone is saying it.
Speedweeks really started off with a bang as we all got a good look at this new two-car draft in the Budweiser Shootout. That was probably the most ?unbelievable? form of restrictor plate racing I had ever seen. I pretty much sat in front of the TV with my mouth hanging open, not quite believing what was going on. Yeah, we?ve seen it recently at the finish of the Talladega races, but 75 laps of it completely blew me away.
Brian Keselowski continued the ?unbelievable? streak by getting into the Daytona 500. Unexpected for sure, but it was good for him to make the race, especially since that is the only one he might qualify for all year.
Cole Whitt continued to prove how ?unbelievably? talented he is by finishing 14th in Friday night?s Camping World Truck race. Despite not making the field in his originally planned ride (more than likely due to some kind of engine problem), his finish was still very impressive especially considering it was in underfunded equipment. The truth is that was kind of disappointing too. After racing up to the top 5, barely missing the first wreck, getting caught up in the second pileup while running around 8th and hanging onto the lead draft with a damaged truck, he had a decent start to his full-time Truck career.
Watching the truck race reminded me of a short track race?a lot of wrecking and a lot of vehicles that could still continue competitively. That was an ?unbelievable? aspect of the race that I didn?t expect.
The final ?unbelievable? occurrence of Feb 18 was Michael Waltrip?s first series win. Yeah, so it wasn?t super surprising that someone so successful at Daytona won the race, but it was almost storybook that Mikey won that race. Who knew that ten years after Dale Earnhardt?s wreck, that?s what would be happening. Even as emotional as it was for Mikey, it was a nice thing to see happen & a perfect tribute to ?The Intimidator?.
Landon Cassill had what some would call an ?unbelievable? run at Daytona. I would agree with them except I don?t think that is out of the realm of what Landon could do on a consistent basis if he had a strong, full-time ride. It was even more impressive, especially considering that was his first race ever at Daytona. With this new style of racing, maybe NASCAR should start handing out a trophy to the driver who pushes the winner across the line too. If they did that, Landon would be a co-winner of the Nationwide race since Tony Stewart owes every bit of his win to the 21-year old. Still, a front row start to a third place finish was enough to give him the Nationwide points lead.
And as everybody is talking about, Trevor Bayne ?unbelievably? won the Daytona 500. 20 years and a day old?that isn?t supposed to happen, but I?m sure there isn?t a person in the garage that was unhappy with that finish. He is the ultimate ?feel good? story of the week and on top of that, he is one of the nicest kids to ever enter the sport. But there were a couple of other ?unbelievable? finishes as well, namely Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland. I had counted on David Gilliland finishing 20th in a fantasy game I play, but there is no way I am unhappy with his 3rd place finish. It was really great to see Bobby finish up front again too; I?m sure Trevor Bayne feels the same way since the likelihood of his winning the biggest race of his career wouldn?t have been as high if not for the 2000 Champion.
Now it?s time for Phoenix and the continuation of what will hopefully be an ?unbelievable? NASCAR season. Plus, we can see how many of the sport?s competitor?s will use this popular word in their interviews!
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