The waiting is over. Tonight at 8 ET on FOX, the NASCAR season kicks off with the running of the Budweiser Shootout, a non-points dash for cash that will certainly be high intensity.
So what can you expect to see? Consider this your cheat sheet for when the green flag drops this evening.
1. How fast will they go? Excitement was in the air during Friday night’s practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway as 10 drivers were able to break the 200-mph-lap barrier, led by a blistering-fast 203.087-mph lap by Joey Logano. So what will we see tonight? NASCAR officials said they would watch speeds in today’s Daytona 500 practices, so it seems unlikely they’ll change the restrictor plate size. So strap in tight and enjoy the combination of a new surface that lets drivers go three-wide (at least) and cars going over 200 mph. (Spencer: Drivers at full throttle to start year)