One year ago, racing Daytona was all about having a dance partner. But this season, it is more likely the racing will be closer to a flash mob than Dancing with the Stars. Between the changes to the cars to discourage two by two racing, and the heat this race will get closer to the pack racing that NASCAR wants. Though it's possible you could see both.
"One thing about pack racing is that there is a price to be paid. Nothing is for free," said Jeff Burton. "If you put everyone in a pack, you know what that price is. I've been doing this for almost 20 years and I know the result of pack racing. I've seen it enough times to know what it is. It gets a little old tearing up cars. A majority of the fans like the pack racing, but we still have to remember what the result ultimately becomes. You're going to see those big wrecks."
The thing about plate racing is, everyone has an opinion about what they like. Packs, no packs. But is the racing any good?
“I think it’s good. I really think that NASCAR has honed in on our restrictor plate program," said Denny Hamlin. "I think that they’ve monitored the temperatures, the drafting and things like that to where the racing is as good as it’s been on superspeedways in a long time.”
So there are as many possibilities for winners on Saturday night, as there are drivers in the field. Just ask Trevor Bayne. But obviously drivers like Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer are exceptional restirctor plate racing. And this weekend, the Fords are strong, so keep an eye on Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.