HAVE THEY FINISHED THE RACE YET? My, oh, my, what a weird Daytona 500 this turned out to be. Matt Kenseth takes the checkered flag in an event that takes more than six hours to complete, thanks to a fiery crash that brought out the red flag for two hours with 40 laps to go.
-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes second for an outstanding start to his season. Tougher going for Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, who finish 42nd and 40th, respectively. Full results are here.
-Danica Patrick crashes on lap two when Johnson clips her car. She comes back out after lengthy repairs and finishes 38th.
-As for the long delay, here’s how NASCAR.com described it: That’s the nightmare situation track officials faced with 40 laps remaining in Monday’s rain-postponed Daytona 500, when a suspension piece evidently broke on Juan Montoya’s race car and the red No. 42 veered sharply into a jet dryer under caution. The resulting fire took several long, frightening minutes to be brought into containment, required the use of a laundry detergent to clean spilled fuel off the track, and resulted in a red flag that lasted 2 hours, 5 minutes.
-The ACC releases its 2012 football schedules. Here is Virginia Tech’s:
Mon., Sep 3 Georgia Tech * 8 p.m. ESPN Lane Stadium
Sat., Sep 8 Austin Peay TBA Lane Stadium
Sat., Sep 15 at Pittsburgh TBA Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sat., Sep 22 Bowling Green TBA Lane Stadium
Sat., Sep 29 vs. Cincinnati TBA FedExField, Landover, Md.
Sat., Oct 6 at North Carolina * TBA Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sat., Oct 13 Duke * TBA Lane Stadium
Sat., Oct 20 at Clemson * TBA Clemson, S.C.
Thu., Nov 1 at Miami * 8 p.m. ESPN Miami Gardens, Fla.
Thu., Nov 8 Florida State * 8 p.m. ESPN Lane Stadium
Sat., Nov 17 at Boston College * TBA Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Sat., Nov 24 Virginia * TBA Lane Stadium
-And here is Virginia’s:
Sat, Sep 01 Richmond Charlottesville TBA
Sat, Sep 08 Penn State Charlottesville TBA
Sat, Sep 15 Georgia Tech * at Atlanta, Ga. TBA
Sat, Sep 22 TCU at Fort Worth, Texas TBA
Sat, Sep 29 Louisiana Tech Charlottesville TBA
Sat, Oct 06 Duke * at Durham, N.C. TBA
Sat, Oct 13 Maryland * Charlottesville TBA
Sat, Oct 20 Wake Forest * Charlottesville TBA
Sat, Nov 03 NC State * at Raleigh, N.C. TBA
Sat, Nov 10 Miami * Charlottesville TBA
Thu, Nov 15 North Carolina * Charlottesville TBA
Sat, Nov 24 Virginia Tech * at Blacksburg, Va.
-Defensive backs work out at the combine today at 9 a.m. on NFL Network. Andy will be updating Jayron Hosley’s progress on his blog here.
-Michigan State-Indiana at 7 p.m. on ESPN has potential to be a good one tonight.
YOUR SIX-WORD STORIES
-Nice job yesterday, guys, as we try to get this off the ground. My favorites on the Daytona topic:
-From Trevor: Daytona: Fast and Furious. Umbrella required.
-From Big Hokie at 11:32 a.m., which turned out to be prophetic — Under the lights, Danica wrecks (again)
-Today’s topic: Tech’s 2012 football schedule in six words. Go wherever you want with it.
-Scott Sizemore of the A’s will miss the entire season with a knee injury.
-The Rangers have been impressed with Yu Darvish so far: “He’s got some serious stuff,” manager Ron Washington says. “He can run his fastball inside, he can run it outside. He can sink it to the left and sink it to the right. He can hang you up with his breaking ball … he’s got the splitter. He can bring heat.”
NAME THAT TUNE
I knew a lady who came from Duluth
Bitten by a dog with a rabid tooth
She went to her grave just a little too soon
Flew away howling on the yellow moon