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Final Play: Fred Hickman's Final Word


The Daytona 500 has been postponed due to rain; they'll run tomorrow starting at 11 am right here on Fox 8.

Which brings me to my final word this Sunday night. I admit I'm not the world's biggest racing afficianado, but there's a lot to like about it. My wife and I went to the race last year when 20 year-old Trevor Bayne won it. It is called the "Superbowl of Sprint Cup racing' and, it is. It is the only sport where they run the biggest event at the beginning of the season. Teamwork is the key, from driver all the way down pit row.

Athletes? You try driving 500 miles, pushing 200 doorhandle to doorhandle. Even the pit crews are finely tuned athletes. The gas guys are mostly former college football lineman who lug 25-gallon cans of fuel to the cars and refill them in a matter of seconds and, those are the rookie cans.

Thing of it is, it's not just a single day of racing. It goes on all week long. Trucks...Busch name it. And, the speedway is packed for every single event.

And... unlike football, every single driver and team has it's own following and fans prepared to spend their dollars for their guy's or gal's gear; tee shirts, jackets, hats, personal listening devices to hear pit crews talking to the drivers.  Two words... "chu-ching."

We actually had the chance to do a couple of laps in a pace car. 140 miles per hour, a snale's pace compared to the racers...*and* with no traffic.

It's wild. It's wooly. And... it's a whole lot of fun. As I said, I'm not a gear-head by any stretch of the imagination, but I appreciate the sport for being much more than just turning left for 500-miles. Enjoy the race tomorrow on fox.

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