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Old 02-24-2012, 12:02 PM   #196
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From the in car camera angle, it did look like she was putting her hands over her eyes. I'm sure some people will have fun doing caption contests with that image
Looks to me like she was putting her hands to the side of her helmet and inside the head restraint portion of her seat to keep her arms from flailing around and causing injury. Intelligent and instinctive reaction, not fear.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:04 PM   #197
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I imagined her screaming like a Mini owner, I know I would have.

I've noticed that these newer drivers that have never driven into a concrete wall are steering into the slide instead of locking it down and spinning it. KB got away with one the other day.

Remember when Nigel Mansell steered into a slide at Phoenix and punched a hole through the wall going backwards?

Used to be a common topic at ovals by the commentators...lock it down and spin it to save the car.
Yea, they all seem to think they can save it............till they can't. Spinning it may have kept her off the wall, but who knows in the few second you have to react.

The commentators mentioned that there have been a lot of bad wrecks in that area before it was paved and the walls installed. I remember Rusty Wallace's car getting torn to pieces in that area when it was grass.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:16 PM   #198
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Couldn't find this anywhere without the ads, crappy cam recording and I cut the ads out.


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Old 02-24-2012, 01:43 PM   #199
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Holy hell? Danica has the Nationwide pole at the moment!!


Brian Scott on track, Hamlin goes last...he might be able to snag the pole from her.


Edit, That's it...Danica has the pole.


Wow.

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Old 02-24-2012, 01:50 PM   #200
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It couldn't be saved at the point she held her hands up by her head, not even by Kyle Busch.

The car just about gained speed as it went for the wall. 12 years ago and that would have been fatal.
I agree. That was a mighty hard hit. That's why I got emotional. The track level replay shows how fast that car was going when it hit the barrier. DW said 180 mph, a media report said 150 mph. Whichever, not so many years ago could have been a killer.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:53 PM   #201
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From the in car camera angle, it did look like she was putting her hands over her eyes. I'm sure some people will have fun doing caption contests with that image
Nah, she was just putting her hands either side of her helmet to cushion her head from the blow she could see coming.

I hadn't appreciated how small she is. A Fox sports columnist says her official stats are 5'2" and 100 lbs. He says it's likely closer to 5'0" and 90 lbs.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:55 PM   #202
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Holy hell? Danica has the Nationwide pole at the moment!!

Brian Scott on track, Hamlin goes last...he might be able to snag the pole from her.

Edit, That's it...Danica has the pole.

Wow.
Wow indeed.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:58 PM   #203
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Wow indeed.

She obiously doesn't scare easily. I think I'm becoming a fan.

I couldn't stand her whining last year, but she is coming around.
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My buddy just made the comment I think we'll hear more than once: NASCAR fixed it.

They used to say that about Junior all the time. I guess it will become a refrain should Patrick have success.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #205
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My buddy just made the comment I think we'll hear more than once: NASCAR fixed it.

They used to say that about Junior all the time. I guess it will become a refrain should Patrick have success.

Well, it is Juniors car...the fix is in, 49 other drivers were dragging the brakes.
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Well, it is Juniors car...the fix is in, 49 other drivers were dragging the brakes.
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Nah, she was just putting her hands either side of her helmet to cushion her head from the blow she could see coming.
For the record, I do realize she was just getting her hands out of the way.

I was just saying the angle made it look like she was covering her eyes. I'm predicting that her detractors will be circulating pictures of that moment.
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My buddy just made the comment I think we'll hear more than once: NASCAR fixed it.

They used to say that about Junior all the time. I guess it will become a refrain should Patrick have success.
I have heard that for a long time as well; back to the Petty days, and probably ever since the sport was started.

Anything can happen, but getting 42 other type A personalities, their crews, car owners and sponsors to agree to hold back would take a Herculean effort and Warren Buffet's bank account.

Can you imagine them telling Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Dave Marcis, Buddy Baker or Dale Sr. to let somebody else win? You'd get less of a fight if you talked bad about their momma's.
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Size doesn't matter as much in NASCAR. Cars have to make minimum weight with driver in position. In IndyCar, when she started, it was an advantage. Lots of complaining changed that.

If she does not get caught up in something, she has a good chance of winning in that Earnhardt car. Cup too, with RHMxSHR gear.
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Anything can happen, but getting 42 other type A personalities, their crews, car owners and sponsors to agree to hold back would take a Herculean effort and Warren Buffet's bank account.
Yes, I was thinking that too!
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