DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the start of Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, I sat in the second row of the frontstretch grandstands eight seats to the right of the start/finish line. I wasn't assigned to cover the race and opted to join my father to take in the event that always has memorable moments.
On Lap 12, we decided to move in search of a better view and fewer of those damn particulate debris blowing in our unprotected eyes. I was glad to do so, mainly for the view but also because the images of drivers like Carl Edwards and Geoffrey Bodine climbing the wire mesh and steel pole fencing in horrific crashes were in the back of my mind.
The thought had left me, even after the race leaders had finally taken the white flag after a bevy of cautions pushed the event past the expected distance and charged toward our seating location near the end of pit road. It was back, though, after watching Joey Coulter do this from the screen of my iPhone: