The Nationwide Series gets it started at DIS on Friday night as they debut their new cars. The new models include the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. NASCAR is allowing these cars to be recognizable to the fans in the stands. The Rolex Series cruises 250 miles Saturday morning at 11.
One Tough Customer Jr
The famous blue and yellow Wrangler Jeans Chevy returns to the track in the NNS race, as Dale Earnhardt Jr follows in his father's foot steps and drives for Richard Childress. Dale Jr says it's just a one time deal and he won't drive the #3 after this race. Listen for the roar when Little E takes that car to the front, and take a look at the long lines at the souvenir stands.
Even Worse Now
Days of Thunder, a NASCAR themed movie, debuted twenty years ago this week. Tom Cruise starred as a lone wolf, daredevil type. A beautiful actress co-starred as the obstacle/love interest. Yes, it was Top Gun on four wheels. The only fans I've found that liked this movie were either under 12 when it came out, or were not racing fans.
While Tony Stewart has yet to win the Daytona 500, he has won three of the last four 400s here.
Pick up some silly glasses and watch the race in 3D on Direct TV and nascar.com.
The repaving project at DIS starts the morning after the Coke Zero 400 ends.
Bobby Labonte makes his 600th start Saturday night.
Darius Rucker will sing the national anthem before the 400.... without the Blowfish.
In this race, NASCAR will issue the largest restrictor plates since they first mandated them over 20 years ago. Look for up to 40 additional horsepower than the engines produced here for the 500 in February.