Very few people would have thought about Phoenix if you asked them where to see the Big One in a Cup race, but there it was all over the backstretch on Sunday.
Did You Notice? The man making all the wrong moves down the stretch at Daytona was Tony Stewart?
Not since Jamie McMurray won his second race at Charlotte has someone won in their Cup career as quickly as Trevor Bayne did in taking the Daytona 500.
For the feel-good stories, for the final-lap drama, Thursday’s Duel at Daytona was more ominous in whetting appetites for the upcoming 500 and 2011 season.
Going beyond the “pairs racing” phenomenon, the truth of the matter is there’s not a whole lot that was different this time around at Daytona.
Hendrick Motorsports played crew chief musical chairs this offseason. If Junior struggles again, do you expect him to leave the Hendrick camp a year early?
Did You Notice? There’s a reason why people think that entering this season, Denny Hamlin’s experiencing a 2011 hangover?
The elder Busch has found a way, year after year, regardless of the mess that Penske may be in to get the job done.
Before the madness begins anew under the lights at Daytona this Saturday night, here are, in no particular order, my 11 wishes for NASCAR in 2011.
FACT: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Will Be (A Little) Better With Steve Letarte Alongside
There isn’t a lot of difference in speed between champions and everyone else in auto racing; and no one understands that better than Mark Martin.
Is a contract extension the right thing to do for both sides in light of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s recent performance?