The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
NASCAR Fan Suffers Through Death-Free Daytona 500
Originally posted 2/16/2004

Michael Waltrip's car crashes in this year's Daytona 500, a crash that didn't quite satisfy NASCAR fan Willie Jacobs
TULLAHOMA, TN - NASCAR fan Willie Jacobs sat through the NBC network's broadcast of the 46th Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon, mildly disappionted that no drivers were killed during the race. "That was quite a wreck they had there, though," Jacobs said of a multiple-car crash midway through the race that, much to his veiled dismay, resulted in no fatalaties.

"That was a close one," Jacobs said. "I thought sure [defending Daytona 500 champion Michael] Waltrip was a goner there."

The race was won by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., whose father was killed in the final seconds of the 2001 Daytona 500 in a crash that Jacobs secretly thought was "pretty cool."

"I was watching in 2001 when Dale died," Jacobs said. "What a horrible moment I'll be telling my grandkids about someday. Or course, it goes without saying that you hate to see something like that happen. Thank God no one got hurt today. I mean, as spectacular as those crashes look, they're really dangerous. So, you know, it's great when everybody gets out okay. Just great."

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