|08/29/19||DIBENNEDETTO NASCAR'S ROCKY BALBOA|
|06/26/19||FROM JOURNEYMAN DRIVER TO HALL OF FAMER|
|06/18/19||WINNERS NOT ADDING UP|
|05/25/19||THE 600 IS STILL A CROWN JEWEL|
|05/15/19||NEXT TWO WEEKS COULD BE TOO GOOD|
|04/10/19||WALTRIP A TWO-WAY HALL OF FAMER|
Daytona Diary: Day 1
There's nothing like driving into Daytona International Speedway. I like to always use the Turn 4 tunnel because if there are any cars on the track, it's really cool to feel them thunder over your head as they rumble down off the banking. As you drive up out of it at a steep angle, you see nothing but sky and then you hit the top and, as your car levels out you find yourself surrounded by the infield campers. That's when your anticipation starts to rise and it's right then you start to get goosebumps a new season really is about to start.
First thing I did Saturday morning
It was hard for me to get used to seeing Truex's name about a door with the number 19 instead of 78. Felt the same when I saw #1 with Kurt Busch's signature instead of Jamie McMurray. Then there was Matt
Perhaps, though, the craziest thing was seeing Chad Knaus stroll through the garage wearing a #24 team shirt instead of the #48 he had worn for 17 seasons. It felt weird seeing that, it really did.
A little bit later on the track went "hot" with the one and only practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Things were going along pretty tame until Chase Elliott squeezed Ryan Newman, which set off a four-car crash as Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin joined in. It showed us again how unpredictable restrictor-plate racing can be. It was a small, 10-car pack and all the drivers weren't really pushing it that hard and yet they still wrecked.