The one thing that is always the case with any restrictor plate race, especially in the last three years, is that the real racing happens in the last 25 percent of the laps.
The first half drivers ride around, just log laps, and then the next 25 percent of time is establishing where drivers want to be for the final run to the front. Then, GO-TIME hits.
As was seen tonight, when go-time hits, things get wild.
But one thing that is rare at these races is seeing someone dominate, utterly dominate, from flag to flag. On this night, even with a green-white-checkered to decide the winner, that dominant car was Jimmie Johnson's Lowe's Chevy, which he appropriately called "White Lightning."
No matter who was behind him, no matter who tried to pass him, when that car was out front, no one was getting by.
Johnson becomes the first driver since 1982 to sweep the Daytona races, and makes up for his unfortunate finish one week ago. If anyone is to take this title, the one they have to beat is clearly the 48 bunch.
His win tonight also paid dividends for one writer, who made a strong move to the front of the standings thanks to his correct pick. At the same time, a couple writers took a fall thanks to some wrecks both middle of the race, and in the late going. It also meant a new writer at the top of the list, which is actually the only other writer that has led at some point this season.
Take a look at how everyone stands following the Coke Zero 400:
Rob Tiongson (631) Tony Stewart finished 2nd (1)
Patti Rodisch (608) Jeff Gordon finished 34th (0)
Kelly Crandall (586) Matt Kenseth finished 33rd (1)
Sal Sigala Jr. (574) Jimmie Johnson WON (1)
Billy Fellin (567) Kevin Harvick finished 3rd (1)
Michael Hirshbein (560) Kyle Busch finished 12th (2)
Dustin Parks (544) Danica Patrick finished 14th (0)
Rob Blount (540) Matt Kenseth finished 33rd (1)
James Broomhead (520) NO PICK SENT (1)
Kara Martin (496) Tony Stewart finished 2nd (0)
Ryan O'Hara (496) Jeff Gordon finished 34th (0)
Misan Akuya (471) Jamie McMurray finished 7th (1)
Christopher Leone (420) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 8th (0)
Next Race: The "Summer Series" on TNT continues next weekend, but after what Daytona provided, this summer is just heating up. These past five races have seen a triangle, a high-speed beast, road course, 1.5-mile traditional track, and a restrictor plate monster. Now, NASCAR is hoping for a little magic.
After Daytona, NASCAR is going north to part of the country that is known for some great lobsters. It's even been made into the actual trophy.
Up next, the "Magic Mile" known as New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Writers, try not to pull any tricks that are more suited for David Blaine, Sigfried and Roy, or David Copperfield. But, have your picks for the Camping World RV Sales 301 turned in by Thursday, June 11, at 10 p.m. ET.
Note: Selection article will likely be posted Thursday night due to travel obligations the following morning, so deadline is extremely critical.