Look, racing is a numbers game. At the end of the day, it’s all about where you fall in line when you cross the checkered flag. I felt the need to preface this because I’m about to drop a massive Tanked bomb and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
Tanked looks at the rider that the most team managers trusted for the MXD team, but produced the lowest return on investment. And for Daytona, it just happens to be one of the baddest dudes on two wheels, Ryan Sipes.
The 36 year old jack of all trades showed up for a SX shindig and promptly qualified 11th fastest overall. Sitting at the minor investment level of $43,000, Sipes was the second most hired rider for Daytona on 48.2% of teams, trailing only Tomac.
With a solid start in the heat, it looked like a fantastic gamble. Then the T Bone happened. An LCQ is no place for a 36 year old man in the 250 class. Oh wait, a red flag, followed by a direct transfer. Sipes was flexing his gnarly ways for his team owners. But that was the high point. I’m guessing after 687 red flags, the pain caught up with the 264 and a 21st place finish for 4 points ensued.
And the season long trend continued; you just can’t trust anyone in the 250 class.
So there it is, probably one of the gnarliest dudes on the gate is bringing home Tanked honors from Daytona.
I'll see you Tuesday night for Retro SX, then Saturday night we kick off 3 races in 8 days. Let the chaos ensue!