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Does “surreal” begin to cover this?

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     I don’t know about anyone else, but as a NASCAR fan of 20+ years nothing…and I do mean NOTHING…can ever top the Daytona 500 run last night (2/27) for bizarro-world excitement.

     I mean, look, crashing out on the second lap the way Jimmie Johnson did may have seemed to some as an omen of what was to come. But like some of you, I took it as typical Daytona. No biggie.

     Juan Pablo Montoya crashing into a jet dryer? Now that’s surreal…not to mention downright frightening. That alone wouldn’t have brought me to writing this piece.

     It was what happened next that made me write. Namely, what the safety crews used to clean up the mess. No, not the kitty litter; that’s standard procedure. It was…the boxes (and boxes) of TIDE detergent they used!!image

     (What, they were out of Clorox or Cheer? No Comet to be found? LMMFAO)

     So here we were subjected to a 2:05 red flag. Two hours and 5 minutes of nonstop Tweeting by the populace (including yours truly), and we weren’t disappointed. Who knew a fire at a NASCAR race could bring out the tweet-up comic(s) in all of us? (I actually said words to that effect during the break, on Twitter.) My best line of the night had JPM singing “I Don’t Want to Set Daytona on Fire”.

     Christ, I’m a sick bastard…lol

     But just when you thought it couldn’t get more surreal, Brad Keselowski upped the ante…by having his iPhone with him and snapping a picture of the fire (followed by tweeting about it) while in his car!! So let’s review, shall we?

     1) You had a Daytona 500 postponed for the 1st time ever.

     2) You then rescheduled it for high noon Monday, but pushed it back to 7:00 that night.

     3) A wreck on Lap 2, followed by a safety truck rammed by a race car (thus setting said truck on fire).

     4) And to top it all off, a driver snapping pictures of the fire using his iPhone–which he had in his firesuit, while the race was going on–and tweeting about the goings-on under the red flag.

     Oh, by the way, Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500. Bet you nobody’s talking about that, right? It’s a fucking afterthought. I guess it would be, considering the race ended around 12:20 this morning (Tuesday).

     Or, as Fox Sports touted it, “Tuesday Morning Under the Lights”. Like I said, “surreal” doesn’t even begin to describe this.


Written by gonastynats

February 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

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