In the draft of the Daytona 500

Going in circles, changing mechanics, but unable to predict a winner

Updated: February 24, 2012, 3:06 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

At 6 o'clock Friday morning it's all seagulls and solitary walkers on Daytona's famous speed beach. The birds flap and squawk and the rhythm of the surf washes in and out across the hardpack as dawn boils up behind the clouds. The boardwalk attractions are still dark. The palms rattle, dry as paper. And I'm still not sure what the big story of this 500 weekend will be.

There's no central narrative this year except the changes to the cars. No real arc of interpersonal drama, no rising ...

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