Thursday, February 11, 2010

Daytona Deja Vu

There must be something about Daytona that turns Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Vickers into a pair of star-crossed drivers.

Last year, the two tangled during the Daytona 500 to wreck half the field and begin what's become known as The Junior Slump of 2009.

And then in this afternoon's second race, Vickers and Junior got too close again again - leaving Junior pretty (insert profanity here)-ing angry while trying to race a car that was too dented up to make much of a difference in the outcome.

Junior wasn't the only driver who had a bone to pick with Vickers. Juan Pablo Montoya also voiced his highly charged opinions about the Red Bull driver on his team's radio, just after Vickers dropped Montoya, leaving the No. 42 car out of the draft.

Speaking of duels, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin start the Daytona 500 side by side. And something tells me their 2009 feud hasn't been forgotten. Hamlin was banging anything with sheet metal during his duel race today. Imagine when Keselowski is in the driver's seat, how hard Hamlin will hit.

If the incidents in today's races are any indication, things could get dicey and fiesty come Sunday.

Bring it on!

Photo info: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew works on his car during a Gatorade Duel qualifying auto race for NASCAR's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. - Associated Press

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