NASCAR Deep in the Heart of Texas

IMG_5982Everything is bigger and better in Texas, including the O’Reilly 500 2017 Race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Despite safety changes in the newly configured race track, danger and yellow flags waved throughout the entire race due to debris and weather cautions.

The O’Reilly 500 proves to be nothing but easy, considering 40 cars out of over 100 are awarded with qualifications to compete in the finals. 40 cars. 318 laps. 3 trophies. 1 ultimate winner. Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson proved to top the pack for the first 300 rounds, but it wasn’t until lap 301 where Jimmie Johnson with his smart pit stop strategy took the leader position. Lap 301 marked the 17th caution flag to be thrown but that obviously didn’t stop Johnson whatsoever.

These races are obviously filled with fast cars made for speed and burning rubber. However, the reason for Johnson’s success proved to be his wit, character and patience with the road. With Johnson’s 1st place finish, he proved that NASCAR is more than just a race to see who has the fastest cars. Johnson also credits his win to his pit stop team, therefore discrediting all the naysayers harping on himself as well as his coordination with his team.

Johnson’s victory may have been his first win for the O’Reilly 500 but we don’t see him going anywhere. Nevertheless, this year’s O’Reilly 500 showcased many firsts, Harvick, Logano and Earnheart Jr. all grasped their first career O’Reilly 500 5 top finishes as well.

Thanks Texas for the sights, sounds, smells and success of this year’s O’Reilly 500 and congrats to all who claimed success!


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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