Mike Bliss Drives No. 36 Wave Energy Drink Chevy Into Daytona 500 (Daytona Beach, FL) February 11, 2010 -- Mike Bliss took home 13th place in the No. 36 Wave Energy Drink Chevy during the second Gatorade Duel Thursday putting the car into...
Mike Bliss Drives No. 36 Wave Energy Drink Chevy Into Daytona 500
(Daytona Beach, FL) February 11, 2010 -- Mike Bliss took home 13th place in the No. 36 Wave Energy Drink Chevy during the second Gatorade Duel Thursday putting the car into Sunday's Daytona 500. This marks the second straight year the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing car has qualified for the Daytona 500 by racing its way into the field.
Bliss raced his way into the 500 despite having to go to a back-up car due to a crash in Wednesday's final practice session. The back-up was the same car that Scott Riggs drove into the 2009 Daytona 500, but due to the timing of the crash the team was unable to get any practice laps in before Thursday's Duel.
Despite having an extremely loose race car, Bliss was the highest finisher of the cars required to race their way into the 500.
"That was a ride, I'm telling you," said Bliss. "I like slipping and sliding. It's fun. It's better than being wide open all day. It was loose, but it didn't matter. I had to stay in front of all those guys. Tommy (Baldwin) and all the Wave Energy Drink guys worked really hard getting this car ready. It wasn't very close, but it handled just like the one I wrecked. I'm really fortunate that I had a really fast race car."
When asked about the final few laps of the race, Bliss added: "I was really loose in but, you've got to run hard into the corner. Outside was the place to be. But, I was way too loose in, so as soon as I took the white (flag), I took the bottom. I went to the bottom. I didn't want to wreck the thing and I knew they were way back there--so I went to the bottom and it was a lot different race track on the bottom."
Bliss will start 28th Sunday in the 52nd annual running of The Great American Race.