4 Reasons Why the Daytona Pothole Was Disastrous for the Frances

Sunday’s Daytona 500 was a race that many people will remember for a very long time, for several different reasons. For starters, it was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race ever to have multiple green-white-checkered attempts. Second, the name “Earnhardt” got back into Victory Lane for the first time since 2008(and the first time without controversy since 2007).

But lastly, and most unfortunately, the 2010 Daytona 500 will always be remembered for the infamous “Daytona Pothole”. A race in which the France’s prized facility could not stay in one piece.

Without a doubt, Sunday’s issues were disasterous for the France family. I tried to come up with a list of 5 reasons why this is so, but once I got up to 4, I felt like that was enough.

So here are my 4 reasons why the Daytona Pothole was disastrous for the Frances:

1. It was an otherwise fantastic race that will always be remembered for all the wrong reasons. As I mentioned, this race was filled with history, emotion, excitement, and lots of wrecks. But it will be difficult for the fans to forget about the two separate occasions in which we were left twiddling our thumbs for over an hour.

2. This is gonna be expensive. Not that they can’t afford it, but the Frances are going to have to pony up the money to have a 2.5-mile race track repaved. It’s not a matter of choosing whether or not to repave it anymore. It must be done, and those unexpected expenses won’t be fun to pay.

3. The debacle happened in the decade’s opening race. This was not a good way to kick off the 2010 season, much less the decade as a whole. Regardless of what happens from here on out in the 2010s, the decade’s first race will always be “the one with the pothole”.

4. The Frances had just gotten back on our good side. I know they couldn’t help what happened. But if a track has problems, repave it; don’t let the drivers run the biggest race of the year on a bad track. It stinks for the Frances because they finally gave into the fans’ desires and let the drivers be themselves, and darn if it wasn’t exciting. But an incident like this at the Frances’ track, during a sporting event in which the CEO is a France, does not bode well for them. Now the question is, will the fans forgive the Frances?

Topics: Daytona 500, The France Family

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  • http://fullthrottle.cranialcavity.net Marc

    “but the Frances are going to have to pony up the money to have a 2.5-mile race track repaved.”

    There were going to lay out the cash post 2011 season anyway, what’s your point? The decision to pave it had already been made.

    ” I know they couldn’t help what happened. But if a track has problems, repave it; don’t let the drivers run the biggest race of the year on a bad track.”

    Ok, for the sake of argument, what would you have done given the following:

    Within the 10 days prior to the 500 an ARCA 300 miler, 2 150 milers, a 300 mile NNS event, a 300 mile NCWTS event and hundreds of miles run between practice and quals for three NASCAR events and one ARCA event… PLUS 305 miles of the 500 was run before any problem arose.

    You claim the problem couldn’t have been helped, what should they have done then given there wasn’t a single reason in the world to think the track surface would be damaged?

    “Regardless of what happens from here on out in the 2010s, the decade’s first race will always be “the one with the pothole”.”

    You’re being overly dramatic, sure a few jokes will be told and a couple months from now it’s past history until the next 500 and even then it will amount to nothing.

    Put it this way did the track seepage at Texas in 1988 that caused major problems for both Cup and NNS hurt that track. Or when a pothole appeared in Martinsville surface in 2004 and a chunk of it knocked Jeff Gordon out of the race.

    Did those incidents harm the tracks? Not hardly they were mere blips on the radar.

    P.S. just down the road from Daytona is New Smyrna Speedway. Due to the same freeze/heat cycles that track had cracks in the asphalt, and consequent water seepage, show up last weekend that caused the short track events to be canceled.

    That track was repaved a short three years ago and may indicate local weather and not the time since the last repaving was the cause.

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