It's going to be really odd to watch the Daytona 500 WITHOUT the likes of Jeff Gordon. He retired last year of course, and now he will be in the announcers both.
For someone that remembers watching him win in 1997, and then win again in 1999 and 2005, and make a ton of top tier finishes at Daytona, this really will be a new era for NASCAR without Gordon.
Also, with Tony Stewart out with an injury, it will be very interesting to see if someone like last year's winner Joey Logano can repeat, or if another seemingly nobody can take the reigns, and start this Jeff Gordon-less era off in a completely different direction of names we come familiar with near or always at the very top.
Feels like the dying of the 90's greats of racers. Hopefully the newcomers make it just as exciting.
So much for Chase Elliot replacing Jeff Gordon. Crashed at lap 18. Done for the race:
Pole-sitter Chase Elliott wrecks early at Daytona 500
Crazy finish. Closest finish in Daytona history! ------