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Pit PerspectiveTeams do their best to hold the position that they have on the racetrack, but if a driver loses a bunch of positions on a given lap, you won't see a whole lot of panic. Crew chiefs will do their best to calm down the driver. You'll also hear the spotter who is very vital to the driver's success clear him through traffic. It's very important that the spotter lets the driver know where other cars are, all around him. During pit stops, it's also important for a crew chief to let a driver know that he's clear to get off of pit road and exit his pit stall. Although it's one of NASCAR biggest tracks, there are a lot of little things that can determine a good finish.
Finish LineDrivers have to be in position to go to victory lane and then lose before they can actually win one so experience means a lot. Ricky Rudd will make his 60th start, and he's never won a race there. Only Richard Petty has more starts here at Daytona. He's as smart as anybody, and it would be a tremendous story to see him win. Speaking of the Pettys, it's significant that no Petty will be in the field for the first time since 1965, but the Pettys are resilient and will be around for a long time. If the Pettys were in danger of going out of business, it would hold greater significance, but Petty Enterprises isn't going anywhere.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.