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What did you expect?

Updated: February 24, 2003, 6:15 PM ET
By Jonathan Baum | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Daytona 500. Where nothing matters.

Or, to be more accurate, nothing which took place at Daytona International Speedway over the previous two weeks -- or even the previous years -- matters when it comes to Sunday's race.

Need evidence? Last season, Tony Stewart won the Bud Shootout. Several days later he finished second in his 125 qualifying race.

As for Sunday's main event? Engine failure. 43rd-place finish. Dead last.

Fast forward to ...

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