The Daytona 500 is billed as NASCAR's Super Bowl. Having attended Super Bowl 42 earlier this month to watch my New York Football Giants stomp out the New England Patriots' bid for a perfect season, here's an observation:
We are about an hour away from the first green flag of the 2008 Sprint Cup season, and the infield grass at Daytona International Speedway is still full of fans. Most have just watched introductions of the 43 drivers who will compete today. Others are sunning themselves on the grass, or trying to walk the 31-degree banking or stopping to sign the start-finish line with a marker. In other words, they are as close as any fan is going to get to the "locker room" of a big-time sporting event.
That certainly wasn't the case in Phoenix before the Super Bowl. In that respect, NASCAR has got the NFL double-covered.
-- John Sturbin