JAW’s ‘HEARTRACERS / HEARTBREAKERS’
– 2016 Sprint Unlimited edition

Date: 2-13-16

Racetrack: Daytona International Speedway

Pole Sitter: Jimmie Johnson

Last season I had a special section dedicated to Jeff Gordon, in honor of his last season. I will do the same this year for Tony Stewart (upon his return from his off-season injuries).

HEARTRACERS:

  • Denny Hamlin: Denny won the race and got the money prize. He was able to work both drafting lines and wasn’t caught. In an exhibition race the winner is the only person remembered some times.
  • Paul Menard: Paul was third in the race. That was one of his best runs in the Unlimited race ever.
  • Kyle Larson: Kyle did very well in his first trip back to Daytona since his Rolex 24 crash. He finished fourth.
  • Casey Mears: Casey was a factor late in the race and got a top-five finish. He missed all the wrecks.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Ricky just missed the top-five in this race with a clean run. He finished in sixth.
  • Austin Dillon: Austin Dillon was one of the few people outside of the top-five not to be involved in a crash. He got an eighth place finish.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Kevin Harvick: Kevin was involved in a crash on lap 24. He is one of the biggest threats in NASCAR at the moment. By having a bad luck crash he couldn’t threaten people in the race.
  • Clint Bowyer: Clint was also involved in the lap 24 crash. He has been slow so far in his new ride.
  • Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie crashed on a single-spin on lap 43. He was out at that point after being the races pole sitter. That meant that he has had a string of Unlimited crashes the last few years.
  • Kasey Kahne: Kasey was one of the cars in the lap 58 crash. He has struggled at Hendrick in the last two seasons coming into this year. He crashed to start this one.
  • Aric Almirola: Aric was a crash victim of lap 72. He was not able to make an impression on the lead tonight.
  • Carl Edwards: Carl was involved in the lap 72 crash. You could have picked any driver from each of these crashes for a heartbreaker. This was an exhibition race so I selected each heartbreaker at random from different crashes tonight. Carl was one of the unlucky crash victims tonight.

Tony Stewart – SPECIAL SECTION

HEARTRACERS:

This section will be left blank until Tony returns.

HEARTBREAKERS:

This section will be left blank until Tony returns.