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Kurt Busch Wins a Very Odd 2017 Daytona 500

The weekend saw a lot of yellow and red flags through all 3 series of racing. The Camping World truck race saw Kraz Gala bested the field in a crash filled race. The Xfinity series saw Ryan Reed hold off Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon in another crash filled marathon.

So by the time Sunday rolled around, those of us numb from watching so many hours of racing already were hoping the Monster drivers would be the consummate professionals they are. The best of the best. And they did for about half the race. The some brains became unplugged and all heck broke loose. In the end, the race came down to literally a hand full of cars without damage and only about a dozen cars that were competitive for the win. But Kurt Busch drove a damaged car, maintained incredible patience and put himself in position to win as cars around him started running out of gas leaving the lead open for whomever could grab it.

The Week Before Daytona…

The week will be full of racing ahead of the Daytona 500.

At some point. Rain is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, which could postpone the Duels to Friday. The chance for rain on Thursday evening drops to 20%, so the Air Titans can spend some quality time drying the track.

The Duels are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. No more afternoon racing, which I miss. The Sunday forecast is looking good so there shouldn’t be any issues getting the race in.

So what did we learn on the Cup side? Not a lot.

How They “Paint” NASCAR Cars

Exotic track-special Porsches are famous for the way they forego badges in the name of lightness. Rather than the metal pieces you’d find on the typical 911, you get stickers. Stickers. On a $190,000 car. That’s taking less is more to the extreme.

However, Porsche isn’t the only fan of fancy stickers. In fact, NASCAR racers – some of the most recognizable racecars on the planet – are stickered from stem-to-stern. Sticker isn’t the technical term, though. In the world of automotive couture, the colorful, unique and sponsor-spattered livery that adorns a large part of the field at any cup series race is called a wrap.

Not every car in the field is wrapped – some still choose to go the old-fashioned route with paint and decals – but names like Chip Ganassi, Richard Childress Racing and other cup frontrunners are supporters of the new technique. It’s likely that one day soon it will replace painting altogether for race cars.