Restrictor Plates Are Off: The Single File 500 Still Excites, Danica Delivers, And The Fence-Of-Tomorrow


Restrictor Plates Are Off:The Single File 500 Still Excites, Danica Delivers, Fence-Of-Tomorrow

By: Jeff Southard

The Single File 500 Still Excites

After watching the Sprint Unlimited I promised myself I would hold off judgement on the Gen-6 race car, the pack was two small, people were just getting a feel for the car, give it time. Well after 500 plus miles the Gen-6 still sucks on the plate track just as bad as I thought it did. Hopefully NASCAR will make a few changes before the next plate race. No one could pass anyone. I wasn’t a fan of the two car tandem but this isn’t the pack racing I wanted back either. Pack racing is two and three wide, this was a single car train. At least with the two car tandem there was passing. I’m not going to completely throw the car under the bus though, I know it will take time to perfect. The race was what it was, in the end of the day, it was still full of excitement and story lines. Even though the on track racing may not have been perfect it was still exciting and light years away from being boring!  With the huge crash taking out several contenders early, the trio of Toyota cars having mechanical troubles, and all the Danica-mania it was still an exciting 500 miles.

Danica Delivers

Its hard not to be impressed with the job Danica Patrick did. She ran top ten pretty much all day long and was around at the end. There wasn’t much passing to be done and even less with the lack of help Danica was getting. But hopefully the more experience she gets the more the other drivers will stop treating her like a female and start treating her like another driver. Her performance today was smooth and error free. It reminds me a lot of her Indy 500 runs. Danica runs her own race and doesn’t let whats going on around her effect her. If she can get faster at the tracks she isn’t as good at she could prove to be a very consistent Cup racer.


I’m not going to go a lot into reviewing the crash in the Nationwide race on Saturday. I posted a few pictures that can be saw by CLICKING HERE. What I do want to talk about is the cry for change. Now don’t get me wrong, it was a horrible accident and my thoughts and prayers go out to those effected. We are very lucky it wasn’t worse. I’ve heard people suggest via twitter,  radio and various other sources over the past 48 hours everything from bullet proof glass walls to tearing down grand stands and moving them backwards and building them up higher. I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and calm down before they start changing things. The catch fence for the most part did its job 100%. It caught the engine and half the suspension. It kept the car on the track. It was just a fluke deal that one piece of the suspension flew into the stands. That is part of racing, no one ever claimed that sitting in the stands was 100% safe. I’ve dodged my fair share of hoods and body parts at drag racing events over the years. I almost had a street stock fly into my lap several years ago at a 1/4 mile dirt track. Its is just the chance you take. I bring up the street stock to disprove those who say we need to slow the cars down. Freak accidents can happen at any speed.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we sit by the way side and hope it doesn’t happen again. But I don’t think immediate change is needed either. If someone can come up with a safer idea for a catch fence that doesn’t obstruct the view of the fans then I’m all for it. But until then what we have works pretty well. Hopefully until then the “perfect storm” that we saw on Saturday won’t happen again!

Bone Head Move Of The Week

Rapper 50-cent made Erin Andrews Daytona 500 experience super awkward, just watch.

Not to mention his odd tweet “Damn, I don’t see no black people lol”

Debuting this week to go along with our Bone Head award the “Flat Tire” award and the “Hard Charger” award. The flat tire will be given to the driver with the worst performance of the weekend. The hard charger will be given to the best performance of the weekend, not necessarily the race winner, just an inspiring performance.

The Flat Tire Award

Carl Edwards: I lost count at four or five torn up race cars this weekend. But even when he wasn’t wrecking he wasn’t doing much. He was running in the back of the Sprint Unlimited and the back of the Daytona 500 when he got into trouble. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of how Edwards plans to turn his season around from his 2012 woes or its going to be a long year for the #99 fans.

The Hard Charger Award

Micheal McDowell and J.J. Yeley: Both drivers started at the back of the field, 38 and 41st. Both drivers are driving for underfunded teams. But most importantly both drivers brought it home in the top ten and netted huge pay days to help them race another day!


For the biggest part of the day I thought sure my pick Matt Kenseth was going to pull it out for me but that all went up in smoke 3/4’s of the way through.

For Phoenix this weekend I’m going with Kyle Busch. He ran strong there in the fall and will no doubt be up on the wheel after blowing a motor in Daytona.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports Picks

Even with Matt Kenseth blowing up in Daytona I still managed to tie for 1st on one of my leagues and finish 2nd in the other. My picks off Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, and Danica Patrick scored me 292 points.

Here are my picks for Phoenix this week!

A. Kevin Harvick

B. Kurt Busch & Kyle Busch

C. Danica Patrick

Tuesday’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Top 10 Cars To Watch

First edition of this daily series of entries I will be putting out this week. My top ten cars to watch each day at Barrett-Jackson. Just ten cars or trucks I’d want to bid on if I was at Westworld with a pocket full of cash! In no real particular order.


1963 C10 Yenko Truck
Lot Number 17

This thing is awesome. Old shop trucks are cool, especially when the shop is one of the most famous in the world sporting the Yenko logo. Recreation or not this would defiantly get some looks at the local cruise night.

1972 Datsun 240Z
Lot Number 49

Z cars are super cool and this one has all the right stuff, big turbo, big brakes, great suspension. These cars are really underrated in most people’s eyes on how well they perform and handle. I’m really curious to see what kind of money this one brings.

1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Lot Number 37

4-speed Trans Am’s are cool in whatever color, but the blue on blue is a very good looking combination. I’m a sucker for cars that have similar colored stripes as they do paint.

1973 Plymouth Duster
Lot Number 73

These cars are going to come on strong in a few years I think as all the other years get bought up. Personally I like the 72/73 body style better than the 70-71.

Street Legal NASCAR COT
Lot Number 99

How cool would it be to own your own NASCAR race car that you could drive on the street? You would defiantly be a hit at the local cruise night.

1949 Ford Cab Over
Lot Number 124

A little odd, but way cool. Different is key here!

1955 Chevrolet Cameo Truck
Lot Number 79

Cameo trucks are some of the most beautiful trucks GM ever put on the road. This white 1955 is a great example of that beauty. With only 15k miles this has to be one of the nicest original Cameo’s left!

1950 Ford F1
Lot Number 142

Owning a hot rodded version of this truck myself this one caught my eye right away. An original example is on my bucket list so I’m curious to see what this one brings.

1968 Chevrolet Custom Pick Up
Lot Number 155

In my opinion the best of the 67-72 Chevy trucks. In the world of over the top crazy custom builds this one is a nice, refreshing, clean example. Its hard not to like!

1960 Morris Minor
Lot Number 161

Rare isn’t always cool……you be the judge on this one!

For all the auction cars from Tuesday CLICK HERE Be sure to tune into Speed tonight to watch it live!

Stay tuned, Wednesdays Top 10 Picks will be posted tomorrow morning!

Also if you haven’t already be sure and check out our “unofficial” Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 Guide by CLICKING HERE

New Chevy SS Sprint Cup Car Well Worth Wait!

Finally Chevrolet unveiled there new 2013 Cup car today but I have to say it was well worth the wait! I’m really impressed with the body lines on the side and rear bumper. Check it out!

For pictures of the 2013 Toyota Camry, check out my previous blog entry by CLICKING HERE