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    Daytona Night Race!

    Anybody as excited as I am for this? I usually go to this race but will watch from home this year. Last nights Nationwide race was pretty good even though they had the two car tango, Sprint Cup cars won't have that tonight and I am looking forward to a surprise winner.

    A side note last nights nationwide winner and current cup wins leader Matt Kennseth is only at 6:1 odds of winning the championship, just in case any OSU want to jump on that bandwagon.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    You think you're being funny, but actually, races are usually on Sunday, so your 'joke' doesn't even make sense.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    looking forward to it! Smart money is probably on Stewart for a summer Daytona race.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    They have Kenseth and Ky Busch at 9:1 then Stewart and Jr at 10:1 as the top favorites In tonight's race.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    My wife sleeps while I watch NASCAR, but likes going with to Iowa Speedway and we will be going to Bristol next year.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    Quote Originally Posted by 06_CY View Post
    My wife sleeps while I watch NASCAR, but likes going with to Iowa Speedway and we will be going to Bristol next year.

    I would love to go to Bristol someday, I bet that will be great to see!



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    Been to Bristol a few times, I live about 3 hours from there now, seats were about 2/3 full last year for the night race paid $70 for very high start/finish line tickets. It's tough to find a place to stay though everywhere is booked a year in advance. I recommend camping or staying in Boone NC a couple hour drive to the track but well worth it.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    I am also excited about the race tonight. The 2 Plate races this year have been good no reason this one won't be as well.

    Has anyone heard if they have handed out penalties to the 16 cars that were found to have illegal roof flap spacers on Thursday?

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    Sixteen Cup teams found with modified roof flap spacers UPDATE: Sixteen teams found to have modified roof flap spacers (lighter) during NASCAR inspection. Teams listed: #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #9-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #13-Mears, #15-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #21-Bayne, #22-Logano, #43-Almirola, #55-Waltrip, #56-Truex Jr. and #99-Edwards.

    The modified/confiscated roof-flap spacers are on display at Daytona in the NASCAR hauler. NASCAR's Kerry Tharp addressed media on confiscated roof-flap spacers - "Spacers not in compliance with those kits." The roof-flap kits are supplied to teams for #NASCAR by one company (a Roush company) and are not to be changed.(SPEED's, Dustin Long Fox/NASCAR on Twitter)

    AND Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before Thursday's practices at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection. Penalties could be possible. The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight. NASCAR inspectors made those Cup teams install new, unaltered roof flaps before drivers were allowed on the track for the first of two practices. Inspectors then went to the Nationwide garage and found similar issues on 15 cars. "When you find something in one garage, you communicate to the other garage," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "We looked into it and this is what we found."(Associated Press)(7-4-2013)


    UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup teams expect widespread penalties after 16 cars were found with illegal roof-flap spacers at Daytona Thursday, but they don't know how severe those penalties might be. The teams caught scrambled Thursday to make compliant spacers, which are used to attach the hinge of the roof flaps. Teams and manufacturers get roof flaps from Roush Composites and, according to the NASCAR rulebook, "the hinged air deflectors must be installed as specified in the instruction sheet supplied with the hinged air deflector kit." But it was apparent that many teams had lightened the spacers or changed them.

    It wasn't clear what tipped off NASCAR inspectors to the violations, but after a sweep of the Sprint Cup garage Thursday, NASCAR went through the Nationwide garage and took pieces from 15 Nationwide teams Thursday night. A non-compliant part might just be a monetary penalty but because it dealt with a safety piece the roof flaps pop up during a spin to try to keep the car on the ground a points penalty is definitely possible, as well as crew suspensions.

    NASCAR traditionally issues penalties the Tuesday after a race weekend. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said the widespread use of the illegal spacers most likely indicates that those pieces had gotten through inspection previously. "It's probably not something that was on a normal inspection routine," Pemberton said. "The teams are told that they must assemble all that stuff using all the parts that's in the kit. Once in a while you'll find things like that and it's probably something that teams have probably done a little bit in the past." Whether the number of teams involved will impact the penalties and whether crew chiefs who are on probation will face more severe penalties will be determined Monday and Tuesday, Pemberton said. Because teams didn't have extra kits at Daytona, NASCAR allowed the teams to make spacers that were compliant.(Sporting News)(7-5-2013)

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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    I haven't fully caught up on that roof flap thing, but it seems odd that so many would have it like that for it to be a straight up "we're trying to cheat" type of thing.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclone06 View Post
    Been to Bristol a few times, I live about 3 hours from there now, seats were about 2/3 full last year for the night race paid $70 for very high start/finish line tickets. It's tough to find a place to stay though everywhere is booked a year in advance. I recommend camping or staying in Boone NC a couple hour drive to the track but well worth it.
    I think we are looking to stay in the Pigeon Forge area, which is a two hour drive.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    Sounds like Tuesday for penalties to be announced.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclone06 View Post
    Been to Bristol a few times, I live about 3 hours from there now, seats were about 2/3 full last year for the night race paid $70 for very high start/finish line tickets. It's tough to find a place to stay though everywhere is booked a year in advance. I recommend camping or staying in Boone NC a couple hour drive to the track but well worth it.
    Headed to Bristol this year and looking forward to it - have never been and it's our 2nd NASCAR race (Feb '10 Daytona the other one).

    We are staying in a condo in Asheville (homeaway.com). What time should we be leaving Asheville that morning to get into Bristol about 3hrs before the race? Planning to hit the souvenir trailers, etc.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Headed to Bristol this year and looking forward to it - have never been and it's our 2nd NASCAR race (Feb '10 Daytona the other one).

    We are staying in a condo in Asheville (homeaway.com). What time should we be leaving Asheville that morning to get into Bristol about 3hrs before the race? Planning to hit the souvenir trailers, etc.
    Make sure to rent the radios so you can listen to crew and drivers. That's how I get the wife to the track. Recently just bought one of our own, which will pay for itself after four races.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 06_CY View Post
    Make sure to rent the radios so you can listen to crew and drivers. That's how I get the wife to the track. Recently just bought one of our own, which will pay for itself after four races.
    Of course. We rented them in Daytona and won't go to a race without them.



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    Re: Daytona Night Race!

    Bristol is relatively easy to get in and out of, I'd recommend pulling off the side of the road and parking on main drag down in the ditch as soon as you see people there. It is legal and way faster to get out of, make sure to park backwards. I'd leave around noon or so get lunch and head up, depends on how much tailgating you want to do.



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