Well here we are. The crapshoot that is the Daytona 500 is over. And what an underwhelming event it was. With little to no passing, there was little to no drama in the Great American Race. Not what NASCAR wanted to see during their flagship race.
That will all change this afternoon. NASCAR makes its way south and west to Phoenix, a track that will definitely feature more racing than Daytona did. And the big story of the day will be the Hendrick cars. With 3 cars qualifying in the top 10, Hendrick looks to power his way to the top of the points standings this week, and move some drivers up significantly with good finishes.
Will anyone be able to stand up to the Hendrick juggernaut? Toyota's seem fast, but their performance at Daytona will leave questions about their durability. It will be up to Gibbs racing and Waltrip racing to try to close the gap and bring some power to the front of the field.
So Phoenix should be a fun and competitive race. And after a snoozefest at Daytona, NASCAR needs a competitive race. And with the big story of Danica Patrick qualifying in 40th position, NASCAR needs some good racing at Phoenix to revive interest in the young season.