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2006 Pepsi 400

by on Jul.02, 2006, under Richard Bingle

Quickly becoming a tradition, I attended the Pepsi 400 in Daytona again this year with Buck and Heath. What was a big change this year was the lack of a torrential downpour. Trust me, I didn’t mind that change! Buck and I split the cost of renting one of the new Nextel FanView gagdets for the race. It’s a combination scanner, stat supplier, and video screen. We ended up having to limit the scanner down to just a couple of teams as having the maximum selected got way too confusing to try to figure out who was saying what. Buck was kind enough to humor me and leave Gordon as one of the selections for the entire race and we also listened in on Dale Jr. and Tony Stewart for most of the race.

Things were going pretty well until, in my opinion, a poor pit decision put Jeff back in the pack in the late going. Unfortunately, being back in the pack in the late stages of a restrictor plate race is just asking for trouble, and that’s just wha Jeff got. He ended up in the outside wall due to someone else’s mistakes and ended up with a DNF. It was a shame, as Jeff definitely had a car that could compete for the win.

At least the lack of rain and our choice of parking lots meant that I got home before 4 a.m. this year…

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