Hokie wins at Daytona
This afternoon Jimmy Johnson was the driver who finished at the front of the Daytona 500 field, but it was a 1998 graduate of Virginia Tech who was guiding the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet team to victory lane.
After Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knauss, was suspended for cheating this past week, team engineer Darian Grubb was selected as his replacement. Grubb is a native of Floyd, Virginia and, according to the Roanoke Times, attended VT from 1993-1998 graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. Today was Grubb's first race as a NASCAR Nextel Cup crew chief, though he may get another shot at it next week if NASCAR extends Knauss' suspension.
In other Virginia NASCAR news, Emporia, Virginia's Elliott Sadler finished the Dayton 500 in 4th place after an up and down day that saw him lead the race at one point then fall well back in the field before regaining position towards the end.
Other Virginia drivers Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, and Hermie Sadler finished 30th, 32nd, and 40th respectively.