Daytona Testing Notes – Day 2


Rain had a major impact on Day 2 of testing, but there are still some interesting developments to report.
– Nascar will allow drivers to race in any series in 2011, Cup, Nationwide or Trucks, but can only compete for championship in one category.
– Nascar wants to make point structure easier to understand and reward winning.
– Kevin Harvick said his truck team had a horrible year, despite 7 wins. Fixes have been made and Ron Hornaday will contend this year.
– Harvick also has changed his phone code to 4848 as a reminder of who he has to beat.
– Yanks manager Joe Girardi texted Harvick after last season that he couldn’t understand the Nascar points structure. Asked why didn’t he (Harvick) win?
– Jeff Gordon said 3 year old daughter grilled him after his tussle with Jeff Burton in Texas. Asked him why he was wrestling.
– David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil will be back with Front Row Motorsports this season.
– With the new pavement, Jamie McMurray thinks Daytona will be a lot like Talladega.
– No races with fuel injection this year says Robin Pemberton.
– Expect more Saturday qualifying for the Sprint cars this season. Many fans can get to the track on Friday.
– Dean Stoneman, 20, reigning Formula 2 champion, was recently diagnosed with cancer and will sit out the 2011 season. Full recovery expected.
– The transition from leaded to unleaded fuel was tougher than this one to ethanol says John Darby.
– Darby also said 2013 changes to the Cup cars are aimed at giving “identity” back to manufacturers.
– Top five fastest drivers today are Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Jeff Burton.

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