NASCAR season kicks off with Daytona media day

NASCAR held the annual Daytona 500 media day Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Greg Engle)

 

NASCAR held the annual Daytona 500 media day Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Greg Engle)
NASCAR held the annual Daytona 500 media day Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Greg Engle)

The unofficial start to the 2014 Daytona Speedweeks got underway Thursday as the annual media day took place at Daytona International Speedway site of the season opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

Most drivers and teams were able to make it to Daytona ahead of a snowstorm that socked in most of the Charlotte North Carolina area where the majority of NASCAR teams are based; it wasn’t without a little drama for some however.

“We were smart, repositioned our plane to Charlotte-Douglas,” reigning Sprint Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson said.  “The trip from the hangar to the runway was exciting.  They hadn’t plowed any of that.  I thought I was in an off-road truck for a while trying to get out to the runway.” MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.