- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 16, 2008

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. — Sir Scribble had absolutely no use for the giveaway at his work station this morning at Daytona International Speedway.

It was an overnight kit courtesy of Great Clips, which sponsors a Nationwide Series entry. We already have several of those. And the contents inside said kit were all hair products.

Straight into the trash it went. …

c Much like other big-time sporting events (Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby), the town began to buzz Thursday night. Whereas we got right into the T.G.I. Friday’s a block from the beach on Tuesday, people were sitting on the curb two nights ago. Same goes for the Outback on the other end of the strip mall. We settled for Taco Bell. …

c And much like other big-time sporting events, Sir Scribble has come to the conclusion that the Daytona 500 is best viewed on television. We wandered over to pit road for the first part of Thursday’s 150-mile qualifying race. We could hear the track announcer fine but couldn’t see anything. Back to the media center we went to watch Speed Channel’s coverage. …

c Dan Snyder would be proud. Across the street from the speedway, parking was going for $50 (the Target lot), $60 (shopping center lot) and $40 (Barnes & Noble/Sports Authority lot). Unfortunately, Sir Scribble fears he may have given The Danny an idea for 2008. …

c The highlight yesterday was listening to some of the past Daytona 500 champions, especially the give-and-take between Bobby Allison and Richard Petty.

Said Allison of a Petty victory (one of seven 500s): “My crew ran me out of gas — that wasn’t my favorite crew anyway. And The King took the race, took the trophy, took the money and went home.”

— Ryan O’Halloran

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