• Feb 11, 2008
Regardless of whether or not you're a NASCAR fan, there's no denying that the motorsport is starting off its 2008 season in the best possible way. Early festivities for the season opener Daytona 500 began this past weekend and resulted in Jimmie Johnson, last season's champion, taking the pole position. Next to him on the grid will be a somewhat redeemed Michael Waltrip, who was embroiled in a scandal at last year's Daytona 500 that resulted in the largest ever fine handed down from NASCAR at the time.

That would probably be enough for a great kick off to the season, but the newly minted NASCAR Sprint Cup is swimming in merchandise sales after Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Bud Shootout on Saturday in his first race as a member of Hendrick Motorsports. Driving his new No. 88 Chevy, Earnhardt Jr. came out swinging in this exhibition that nets no points for the winner, but is a good omen for winning the 500 next weekend.

[Source: ESPN, Photo by John Harrelson/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      F1 cars rock, the sport, not so much. You can't pass!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks, I had almost forgot about Nastycar. Quick, turn on some F1 or WRC , IMSA please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice pushrod v8's toyota.

      Oh wait...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was actually surprised by how well the COT peformed saturday night. It wasn't the borefest that Talladega was last fall. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. The 48 car on the pole is just icing on the cake.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well VP, some of us root for the underdog, and I want to see kyle bush show everybody the sweet revenge of knocking off the people who "dumped" him in favor of jr. What a satisfaction it would be to have him pull out front of everybody in the last lap of Daytona. You'll know who I'm rooting for!
          • 6 Years Ago
          if you follow nascar, you would know that nobody 'dumped' Kyle. Kyle's agent let Hendrick know that they were going to shop around before signing anything so Hendrick decided to do the same. As it happened, Dale Jr was interested. To be fair, Kyle fired his agent but the damage was done. Hopefully Kyle will grow out of his current state of being a detriment in the garage almost as much as he is an asset on the track.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was pleasantly surprised by the new car, too. There were a couple of moments where the drivers made some pretty spectacular saves after having the cars really sideways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stock cars haven't had a shred of "stock" to them for over 20 years now. I think it's time to get used to it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesnt matter where u race, u just cant beat a chevy, if one's on ur tail ur going down, nothing to it!
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