I'm still not sure what the central narrative has been this race week. Danica Patrick needs to crash less. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is less like other drivers than he would have been a decade ago. A rainy day notebook.
There's no central narrative this year at the Daytona 500 except the changes to the cars. No real arc of interpersonal drama, no rising conflict Aristotelian or Chekhovian or even Hatfield/McCoyian.
It's the annual drama that is Daytona. Jeff MacGregor is on board to chronicle the spectacle from the buildup and aftermath of the "Great American Race."
A Northeasterner ponders the confluence of the Daytona 500, the NBA All-Star Game and spring training in the strange state of Florida.
The biggest star in NASCAR has been dead 10 years. I never met Dale Earnhardt, but I know his ghost. So do you.
The Daytona 500 was bigger and sexier than ever. But that wasn't just a pothole that delayed the race. That was a NASCAR metaphor.