Aside from Denny Hamlin suffering an injury that likely will keep him out of competition for six weeks, Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway is just what NASCAR chairman Brian France wants the sport to look like.
Chevrolet may have pulled out of NASCAR had the governing body not developed the new "Gen 6" car that returns brand identity to the sport. "It would have been a good chance," Rick Hendrick said. "As a matter of fact, I'm sure they might have."
Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola aren't just part of the fitness movement among NASCAR drivers, they're taking it to a higher level, running a half-marathon Sunday morning before Daytona 500 qualifying.
NASCAR's Robin Pemberton said during Friday's "Gen 6" test at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he doesn't anticipate another manufacturer joining Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota in the "foreseeable future ... the next year or two."