The Daytona 500; even people who aren’t NASCAR fans see this race as very important. This race is the showcase of the year to come in National Association for Stock Car Racing and those who have wonthis race are frequently dominate that year. This time around the track, many previous winners were fighting hard to obtain the last open spots for the race. Fans were not dissapointed this year.
Qualifications for the Daytona 500 were very complex yet simple at the same time. There were numerous factors that went into the qualifications, the first being the Budweiser Pole Day race. The top two qualifiers of this race are locked into the front row for the Daytona 500.
The top 35 teams from the final 2006 owner points are placed behind the Budweiser Pole Day top two. The next two spots are taken by the Gatorade Duel race top two qualifiers. Spots 40 to 43 are taken by the four other top qualifiers from the Budweiser Pole Day that didn’t make it in during the Gatorade Duel race, however, if a past series champion fails to qualify, that person will be entered in the 43rd spot.
The qualifications are over and the race has now been said and done. Kevin Harvick came down in front of everybody when the arm that holds the checkered flag dropped.
According to cbssportsline.com, “The side-by-side duel to the checkered flag between Kevin Harvick and sentimental favorite Mark Martin and the ensuing carnage behind them will go down as one of the greatest finishes in Daytona 500 history.