Daytona 500 in fits, starts and fires

Updated: February 28, 2012, 9:40 AM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8:35 a.m. ET

DAYTONA, Fla. -- By the time I boarded the plane in Florida Monday evening, the Daytona 500 was three laps old. Jimmie Johnson had crashed out and was already doing television interviews. After that I flew nearly 1,000 miles from Orlando to New York; waited 20 minutes for my luggage; stood in the longest line I've ever seen to get a cab; rode 14 miles home in moderate to heavy nightclub traffic, and walked through the door just in time to watch another two ...

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