Okay, I am going to admit it. I have become a Nascar fan. I did not know I was until today. I caught myself rushing home from work to catch the end of the Daytona 500. Driving along, I was wondering if Danica Patrick could hold the lead.
This past season she made history as the first woman to win the pole position at Daytona. Today she became the first woman to lead a lap at Daytona. Patrick is starting to change the perception of racing fans that she is not just a hot chick who drives fast. Do not get me wrong, Patrick is a hot chick, but she obviously has some skills.
There will be a day when Patrick wins a Nascar race, possibly Daytona. Today Daytona belonged to Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Lowe’s car. Johnson won for the second time around at Daytona, the 1st victory coming in 2006. Johnson becomes only the 8th driver in Nascar history to win 60 Cup races.
The race has been called boring on various social media sites. Fans wanted more action, but wrecks took out many of the big name drivers early in the race, leaving Johnson and Patrick to keep the viewers at home interested.
Tony Stewart went out on lap 118. Kevin Harvick exited even earlier on lap 47. Juan Pablo Montoya took a seat on lap 144. Matt Kenseth joined him on lap 149, and Kyle Busch left on lap 151. So as, you can see at least five of the spectators at the end of this year’s Daytona 500 had the skills to win the race.
Reaching home after work today, I went rushing in the house and looked for the television remote. I realized not only am I a Nascar fan, but I am a Jimmie Johnson fan. I mentioned last week that his preparation impressed me, and it still does along with his skills. What made me decide I was a Johnson fan, was not so much that he won today, although I was cheering for him at the end.
More than the victory, I like people who apply the skills they have to what they are doing. Johnson by his hard work preparing for his craft put himself in a position to win. Taking nothing away from Danica Patrick, I am happy she is finding success. Make no mistake, I also like so many other Nascar fans like looking at her.
With that being said, today at Daytona Jimmie Johnson did what he had to do. He simply won.