Well.. Actually, a more appropriate headline might be "Johnson Destroys The Competition at Daytona!"
I just got done fast forwarding though the Clash. Looked to me like a lot of follow the guy in front of you, with the outside lane having a big advantage for at least the first 2/3rds of the race. I think Menard lead just about every lap until getting wrecked going down the backstretch by Jimmie Johnson on what turned out to be the last lap due to the carnage, followed by rain.
I'm not a racer, and have been reminded by many that it's not possible for me to know what I'm talking about because I only watch from the sofa, but it sure did look to me like Jimmie Johnson misjudged his attempted pass/side draft of Menard (had at least 3 lanes below him that were wide open if he was the least bit worried about not turning the #21.)
You gotta wonder if he would have made the exact same move if it was the #9, or #24, or #88, instead of the single car #21?
Then listened to DW tell me about how Jimmie got sucked into the #21... Finally after 5 minutes of replays even DW had to say, "Jimmie got into the #21." With only about 5 cars remaining, they red flagged it due to 90% rain, and 100% lack of interest.
Would have liked to have seen Jimmie own up to it, but that was a different era I guess. Thought it was a little comical when he was explaining to one of the guys with a mic what had happened (with the replay running at the same time), and about how Menard had come down on him... when just then, the replay showed the contact. They weren't showing Jimmie's face at the time, but it sounded like he had one of those Ralph Kramden "Homina, homina, homina" moments....
I thought it was a bad event, and think that all 39 people that were in the stands should get a full refund. (Well... maybe there were a few more than that, but it sure looked like a light turn out to me to officially start Speedweeks 2019.)
I keep tuning in and hoping to see something else... I'm not sure what I want to see, but I know that 'aint it. I'll do the same next Sunday... Yup, dopey me will tune in again.... so I guess they still have me... but every year they have me a little less.
It's kinda like eating kale... I try it... I don't like it... But then I convince myself that I should try it again... so I do.. and I still don't like it.... Then a few months later, I try it again...
I'm starting to think I'll like kale before I can enjoy watching a cup race....