Aside from the terrifying Nationwide wreck and the hype around Danica Patrick's pole, the Daytona 500 was kind of boring. Lots of single file racing, few passes, little excitement. The afternoon saw 28 lead changes among 14 drives, down from 74 and 22 in the same race just two years ago. Worryingly, it was also the big-stage debut for NASCAR's Generation-6 car, which replaced the much-criticized Car of Tomorrow after six years. But drivers were willing to give it the benefit of the doubt—Daytona is a restrictor plate track, and this past Sunday in Phoenix, the hope was that the Gen-6 would finally be able to show its stuff.
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