Here's to you, Daytona ...

February, 26, 2012
02/26/12
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Note: My bosses on the television side charged me with capturing the essence of the annual pilgrimage to Daytona for a new season. The piece will air throughout Daytona 500 weekend. I wanted to share the script with you:

Only the rarest of pillars stand firmly on a foundation of sand …

For, sand is fickle …

Individual grains are loose and free in the ocean breeze … or are swept away with the tide …

But packed hard by pressure … sand molds as solid as stone … confirming Big Bill France's vision that Daytona's Beach would provide the foundation on which he would create NASCAR …

Daytona's legend evokes visions of Spring Break bikini beauties … and Harley-clad bikers. … And its racetrack wields a checkered flag so powerful … it propels he who captures it directly into immortality …

Or in an instant, history becomes heartbreak …

And therefore, Daytona's Beach is the ultimate destination point for NASCAR fans …

Here the cadence of 43 handcrafted steel chariots marching is your pulse … the roar of 200,000 breathless brethren your heartbeat. … And so every February fans from the farthest reaches of this great NASCAR Nation load up their dreams and make the pilgrimage …

Daytona marks a new beginning … an empty canvas with infinite possibility …

None has dipped his brush … no one is ahead … no one behind. … All are equal in status and in opportunity …

The same goes for us … the fans. … With the dawn of every season … the longest … coldest … most excruciatingly dormant months of our year are over … and we burst like spring's first bud with the boundless hope of excellence …

So to that hope I raise my glass to you, Daytona …

Cheers.

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