Glued to the TV for the Daytona 500

Monday February 17th 2020

Today’s weather was another incremental improvement from the day before. The temperature broke through the seventy mark and the forecast late day wind never materialized. It was another very nice day.

I didn’t sleep well last night. It was probably caused by lack of activity yesterday and a warmer than usual night. For whatever reason, I didn’t fall asleep until after 4AM. I woke up after 10AM. It really got the day off to a slow start. It turned out to be a perfect day to watch the Daytona 500 on TV.

Yesterday’s rain delayed race restarted at 1PM Pacific Time. It ended shortly before 5PM. In between it was a pretty interesting race. It had a number of lead changes, a few accidents that slowed or stopped the race and then it had the big one. The big accident took half the field out of contention for the victory. The final dozen laps of the race took a very long time to complete. The race ended up having more laps than any other Daytona 500 as they attempted to finish the race under green flag racing conditions. The need to have a green flag finish came at a cost. On the final lap three drivers fighting for the victory mixed it up to the extent that Ryan Newman lost control of his car. It hit the outer safer barrier and went airborne over the track. As it came down upside down it was struck by another car. Newman was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Hopefully he will be alright. As I watched the accident, I didn’t think he could survive. In a way, you watch the race for the wrecks, but not for accidents that injure or kill people.

Tonight’s walk around the RV park showed a full house. I didn’t see any empty sites. As I’m trying to compose and post this blog entry I’m experiencing another indicator of the parks capacity. The internet access is very slow tonight. It only seems to slow down at busy times.

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