Daytona 500

Reported by Jacob Gross

On Sunday February 26, the 2017 NASCAR season got off to a roaring start as Kurt Busch snatched the lead in the final lap for his first win at the Daytona 500. This was Busch’s 29th victory for his career. Busch took the lead as the other racers ran out of fuel and fell behind. The race had a total of eight cautions and a number of major wrecks. Only twenty-five cars were in condition to race in the last fifty laps. The 500 also debuted a new Damage Vehicle Policy.  This policy concerns the matter of if a vehicle can return to the race after a major collision. The pit crews can no longer replace damaged body panels to the machines on pit row. If repairs are needed for cosmetic damage, they have five minutes from pit entry to pit exit to tape it up. If the clock runs out, their race for the day is over. For more significant mechanically troubles like a busted axle, there is no time limit. There was another new policy initiated at Daytona. A new points system for the championship spots was created for the season. It splits the race into three stages. After the first stage, there is a brief caution period which allows the drivers and cars to get a cool-down period, as well as the third stage. We met with senior Lucas Lott, an avid NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan for his thoughts on the race. “I think the new crash policy is stupid. The stages format is okay. It was a decent race overall.”

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Busch celebrating after the race

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