It has been a truly intense, and interesting, few weeks in Florida to say the least. Including the season-opening event that was not for points, just a trophy, we’ve seen four different winners, two of them being first-time experiences.
But at the same time, did anyone expect those that won those races…to do so?
There is likely no one that pegged Michael McDowell to stun the field in the Daytona 500, but at the same time that entire organization has ran strong at the “plate” tracks, even after the plates were taken off to go with the current configuration. A week later, who had Christopher Bell as the guy to take the win on the road course?
That is not too much of a stretch considering he was in a satellite team from a year ago, so being in Gibbs equipment certainly gives him an advantage.
Finally, we move to Homestead where everyone was watching to see who would be the fastest when the lights came on and the moon was high in the sky. Despite the usual suspects being at the front at race’s end, such as a Kyle Larson and even a surprise Daniel Hemric, that No. 24 had everyone covered when it mattered most.
Three points races in Florida, three different winners, and most likely three drivers no one expected to win a race to start off the 2021 campaign.
FOX has been dubbing this season as the “Best season ever” because last year, nothing seemed to be going right, since majority of the time Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon were calling on-line races from the Charlotte studio, and continued that all through their allotment of races right through the All-Star Race at Bristol. It would not be until this year when the crew would return to the track, although with a lot more humor since Clint Bowyer shows how he is the comedian of the booth.
The time in Florida has been long, sometimes grueling, and also has been surprisingly superb. The biggest thing that has been a welcome to the start of the season is the fact, even if it’s a smaller percentage, the fans have returned. More importantly, many tracks in the start of this season are welcoming fans back.
Now the time in the southern peninsula has come to a close, it is now time to make the trip west for a couple weeks in the pacific time zone.
For now, we must park it in the garage, as the long trip west means an early rise at the end of the week to head out to Sin City.