|SportingbetUSA.com has installed Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and defending Nextel Champion, Tony Stewart as joint favourites for this weekend’s Daytona 500 – all three drivers are currently listed at 9-2. However, Stewart is so worried about reckless driving on NASCAR tracks this season from some of his formerly favourite drivers that he’s checking his life insurance before the big race. |
The 2006 season began only last weekend and already drivers are firing shots at each other over questionable driving according to Stewart. With inclement weather postponing Saturday’s Budweiser Shootout until Sunday, the day ended with Nextel Cup stars Jimmie Johnson and Terry Labonte having their qualifying laps set aside for rules infractions, bringing Stewart to protest that the practice of “bump drafting” – where a car from behind rams into the rear of the car in front in an effort to increase momentum and speed up the draft – at Daytona International Speedway is going to get someone hurt or killed.
'I was watching TV before we came down here and they were talking about the tribute to Dale Earnhardt,' said Stewart, referring to the fact the legendary driver was killed five years ago in the 2001 Daytona 500. 'Five years from now we're probably going to have to do another tribute to another driver because we're going to kill somebody. It could be me or Dale Earnhardt Jr. or anybody out there.'
When asked if he learned anything from last weekend’s 72-lap Budweiser Shootout, Stewart said, 'Yeah, I learned to look at my life insurance policy today (Sunday) or on Monday as soon as I can get the office open.'