Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 Nascar Sprint Cup Season. The season officially starts tomorrow with "The Great American Race" the Daytona 500. Live at 1:00 pm on Fox. The Daytona 500 is always a fun race to watch. Interesting stuff happens at Daytona, some good like Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning the Daytona 500 in 2004, some bad like Dale Earnhardt passing away after a crash in 2001, and some strange like Juan Pablo Montoya crashing into a jet dryer under caution and causing the jet dryer and track to go on fire back in 2012. This year, for the second year in a row, we got a rookie on pole and ready to lead the field to the green flag tomorrow. Last year it was Danica Patrick, this year it is Austin Dillon. What is so significant about Austin Dillon being on pole is the fact that he is a rookie, and the fact that he is driving the # 3 car. Now you may ask yourself, why is driving the # 3 car so important? It's just a car number. Well it is a big deal because that car number 3 was driven by Dale Earnhardt when he crashed and sadly died back in 2001. It was one of the last times ever that the 3 car was ever driven at Daytona and in a whole Nascar Sprint Cup season all together. Team owner Richard Childress decided to bring back the number 3 car for not just the Daytona 500, but for the whole Nascar Sprint Cup season. Now some people don't like the fact that the number 3 car is coming back to Nascar, while some people love it and some people just don't car at all. A poll was given to us fans on ESPN.com a few days ago asking us what was out reaction to the number 3 car being brought back. There was a total of 38,181 votes. 30% of voters said they love the idea, 23% of voters said they hated the idea, and 47% of voters said they did not care about the idea at all and to me are just telling to stop worrying and start racing. I was one of the people who loved the idea of bringing back the number 3 car. The number 3 car will always be remembered as the car that was driven by Dale Earnhardt who won 7 Nascar Cup titles. I know that the number should be retired and was retired for a short while. But I think some rules are just meant to be broken and I also think that bringing back the number 3 car is a a good idea and will draw big T.V. numbers for this race. I think as long as the # 3 car stays with Richard Childress Racing, then it is okay to have that car number on the track. Now for who do I think will win this race? Well I am going to go with the pole sitter himself and that is Austin Dillon. He has had a fast car all weekend long and I just really want to see that # 3 car back in victory lane. Should be a fun race with pack racing in all and will also be fun to see last years Daytona 500 winner and Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson try and work his way up the field from 32nd. Enjoy this years Daytona 500 everybody.
By: Andrew Harrington