Sights & Sounds of Daytona: Waiting on Mother Nature once again
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4:15 p.m. ET -- For the second week in a row, rain has dampened the track before the Sprint Cup Series race. This time fans, drivers and teams are making the most of it at Daytona International Speedway.
Many teams are watching the skies and the radar.
The number atop the scoring pylon looks good. The sky not so much. pic.twitter.com/skWElZZnoK— FrontRow Motorsports (@FrontRowNASCAR) July 5, 2014
The bad news: the sky currently looks like this. The good news: the race doesn't start for a few more hours. pic.twitter.com/ffV9t7iMot— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) July 5, 2014
Meanwhile, some drivers are out and about doing fan meet and greets, as well as sponsor appearances.
Raining outside...again, but nice and dry for a Q&A in the Daytona 500 club pic.twitter.com/caQf5Ejl2m— No. 16 3M Team (@163MTEAM) July 5, 2014
4:50 p.m. ET -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not pleased with all the rain this weekend at Daytona.
Despite the weather, drivers continue to make appearances in the fan zones.
5:15 p.m. ET -- The competitors have filed in for the weekly driver/crew chief meeting.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't too pleased with the repetitiveness of that either.
5:40 p.m. ET -- During the driver/crew chief meeting, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced Saturday night's race at Daytona will be the final race for legendary radio announcer Barney Hall.
#BarneyHall my retire but that voice will never leave me or be forgotten, smooth as silk, strong as steel, Call'em home tonight buddy !— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) July 5, 2014
Barney Hall gets a standing ovation in the drivers meeting. Tonight is the end of his legendary play-by-play career. #NASCAR— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 5, 2014
6:55 p.m. ET -- The last time Dale Jr. was at Daytona, it took a Daytona 500 win to get him to join Twitter. This weekend he's been on fire, tweeting away like a pro.
Headed to intros. Raining like heck. pic.twitter.com/ddMNsvBjCK— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 5, 2014
Drivers all hang out in this weird inflatable tunnel. At least it's dry. pic.twitter.com/OlzetNVFJ4— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 5, 2014
7:25 p.m. ET -- Driver introductions, although a bit soggy, went on as planned. BK Racing teammates Ryan Truex and Alex Bowman had a little fun with the rain, treating the driver introduction stage as a slip 'n slide.
10,000 retweets before driver intros and if it's still wet Ryan and I will make this a slip and slide for intros pic.twitter.com/pUK15V4mXQ— Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) July 5, 2014
Did it anyway. How awesome was that? #slipnslide— Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) July 5, 2014
So did anyone just see me and @AlexBRacing turn the driver intro stage into a slip n slide? I'm cold.— Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) July 5, 2014
I know someone got that on camera.. I saw about 1000 camera flashes when I did it #slipnslide— Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) July 5, 2014
Have a reward for pictures from @Ryan_Truex and I's slip and slide adventure Best picture gets a signed pair of gloves.— Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) July 5, 2014
@DaleJr thanks buddy!!— Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) July 5, 2014
@DaleJr you shoulda followed us— Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) July 5, 2014