Jamie McMurray was a sitting duck on the final lap at Talladega, leading a high-speed train of cars with Dale Earnhardt Jr. filling up his rearview. Then a crash froze the field.
With a victory in the Daytona 500 and two landmark wins at Indy, Chip Ganassi enjoyed a monster 2010. What does he do for an encore in 2011?
Daytona 500 winner ... Indy 500 winner ... Brickyard 400 winner. Chip Ganassi's sweep of America's three majors of auto racing was as improbable as it was impressive. Thanks to Jamie McMurray.
What's the problem at Ford Racing, and Roush Fenway Racing in particular? Not engines, not chassis, not aerodynamics, not drivers, not crews, not money. Jack Roush's explanation? Computers.
What did team owner Chip Ganassi do when he became the first owner to win the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in the same season? Deflect credit ... again.
We didn't just have a good race at Talladega on Sunday, we had a great one. How great? Hats off to NASCAR, because it was among the best ever.
Pothole issue aside, Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 produced a pleasant surprise. NASCAR removed the handcuffs ... and the drivers delivered.
Those were tears of joy on Jamie McMurray's face after the Daytona 500, and why not? He won the biggest race of the year for a new team and in one of the most thrilling fashions in recent memory.
Jamie McMurray won the race Sunday at Talladega, and Jimmie Johnson won the title. Oh, not officially for Johnson, not yet. But it will take a miracle to catch him now.
NASCAR blog from Daytona
What did Ed Hinton learn from Daytona 500 Pole Day? The real racers are back, and so are the simpler, happier times.