Some highlights of yesterday's conference call with Fox's NASCAR announcers leading into Sunday's Daytona 500 (as provided by the network):
Darrell Waltrip on Jimmie Johnson's chances of winning a fourth straight championship: "Three in a row is pretty special because only one other person, Cale Yarborough, has ever done it in the history of NASCAR. If you win four championships in a row, you have put yourself in a class by yourself. Until somebody proves to me they have what it takes to do what he and [crew chief] Chad Knaus can do, which is make no mistakes in the last ten races, I'm going to bet on Jimmie Johnson."
Mike Joy on how NASCAR's opportunities: "There are several start-up teams, like Joe Nemechek's and Jeremy Mayfield's, that didn't exist 30 days ago. In Mayfield's case, he didn't arrive with an established team for the Daytona 500, so he put a team together. Every person working on his car now was laid off last fall by a team. Every problem creates an opportunity somewhere else."
Jeff Hammond on the unique relationship between Johnson and Knaus: "When it comes to Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus, they have the most one-dimensional team. They're all thinking alike, they all react as one. They don't beat themselves. They are about as perfect a race team you could draw on paper."