An experienced engineer, Daniel Sheflin’s career includes executive roles with Honeywell and General Electric, where he managed over 5,000 and 500 engineers and scientists, respectively. Outside of his professional endeavors, Daniel Sheflin is a passionate fan of the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints on January 14 to advance to its first NFC Championship game since 2009, and a big reason why is the play of quarterback Case Keenum. Signed to a one-year, $2 million contract prior to the start of the 2017 season, Keenum was expected to back up Sam Bradford and provide additional insurance behind the recovering Teddy Bridgewater. Instead, Bradford suffered a season-ending injury and Keenum’s play in his absence warranted him to remain the team’s starting quarterback even when Bridgewater was cleared to play. In the playoff game against the Saints, Keenum connected with wide receiver Stefon Diggs on a game-winning 61-yard touchdown as the clock expired. He finished the game with 318 passing yards on 40 attempts.
Undrafted out of college, Keenum was signed by the Houston Texans in 2013 and started 10 games for the team before he was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2015. He joined the Vikings with a career win-loss record of 9-15, but finished the 2017 season with a record of 11-3 to go along with 3,547 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.
The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo, Daniel Sheflin previously served for 14 years as the vice president of technology automation control solutions with Honeywell. An avid NASCAR fan outside of work, Daniel Sheflin looks forward to the annual Daytona 500 race.
The Daytona 500 has been held annually since 1959, and there have been 11 drivers to win the acclaimed race multiple times, including Richard Petty, who has a record-setting seven Daytona 500 championships. Below are the three most recent winners of the race.
1. Kurt Busch – A 39-year-old who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 in 2017. It was the only win he recorded in 36 races, but he also had 15 top-10 and six top-five finishes. Since his rookie season in 2000, he has won 29 races and made over $90 million in prize money.
2. Denny Hamlin – Like Kurt Busch in 2017, Denny Hamlin won his first-ever Daytona 500 in 2016. In fact, the 38-year-old won the closest race in the event’s history as he beat Martin Truex, Jr., by a mere 0.011 seconds. He won three races that season and now has a total of 31 career wins.
3. Joey Logano – A native of Middletown, Connecticut, Joey Logano debuted on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2008 and won his first race the following year as a 19-year-old driver. The Daytona 500 was one of six races he won in 2015.
Daniel Sheflin was Honeywell’s VP of Technology Automation Control Solutions from 2001 to 2015. Now retired, Daniel Sheflin enjoys spending some of his free time watching NASCAR races.
NASCAR driver Derrike Cope got lucky during the Zippo 200 in early August 2016, when he walked away uninjured from an explosion under his car. About halfway through the Xfinity Series Zippo 200 race at Watkins Glen International, Derrike Cope felt the brakes go out on his number 70 car.
Cope attempted to let the car come to a natural stop. Just before it did, however, a massive explosion rocked the car, and a cloud of black smoke rose from it. Cope, who won the 1990 Daytona 500, said, “In 35 years of racing, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that transpire before.”
Though shaken up by the violent blast, Cope walked away from the car unharmed. NASCAR officials later determined that a build-up of brake heat became trapped inside the car, causing one of the tires to explode.