Tom Time Blog: NASCAR’s Helton Sees His Shadow But Daytona Will Go On

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Blog By RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo By Getty Images/NASCAR – February 4, 2013 –

The bad news is that NASCAR President Mike Helton saw his shadow when he looked into the mirror Sunday morning.

The good news is that despite the “salt and pepper” stubble that appeared on Mr. Helton’s face overnight, NASCAR officials are assuring fans that the entire Speedweeks schedule is safe and racing at Daytona International Speedway will go on as scheduled.

NASCAR CEO Brian France was calm, cool and collected in his news conference this morning, assuring members of the media that while this was not the result everyone was hoping for, “It is nothing that we haven’t seen before and nothing that a nice smooth shave with a Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor won’t fix.”

I’m surely relieved to hear that.

Note to self:  check the “apple cider” bottle more closely to verify contents.

Now I can get on with the rest of this previously scheduled column.

How cool is it that Tommy Baldwin Racing has lined up both Bono (Kevin Manion, not the guy from U2) and Todd Parrott to adorn the pit box and call the shots for his two ‘Cup teams this year?  Michael Annett will see duty under Bono in the No. 7 Pilot Chevrolet while Reed Sorenson returns to ‘Cup to race the No. 36 with Parrott calling the shots.  Tommy’s story is definitely one of perseverance and passion for the sport and I wish this entire team well this season.

Kurt Busch wants to race in the Indy 500 this year and both Andretti AutoSport and one other team (Chip Ganassi Racing?) have shown interest in helping him.  He has the blessing of Gene Haas and Tony Stewart.  Wouldn’t it make sense that this would be great for everyone involved and that it would be a Haas Automation/Monster Energy Drink sponsored No. 00 car?

Kyle Larson says he’s asked Ganassi about racing in the 500 someday.  I don’t know about you but I’m totally in favor of Indy and NASCAR getting together and working out the earlier 11am start time for the Indy race in order to easier facilitate the logistics of getting these drivers back to Charlotte in time for the 600.   Having Busch, Larson and anyone else (Allmendinger, Danica?) who wants to try the 500 be able to do so can only lead to higher ratings for the Indy race and a wealth of new marketing possibilities for corporate America.

We saw several NASCAR and open wheel racers in the Rolex 24.  Why not let the fender boys/Danica try the double if they choose to and can make it happen?

What do you think?

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