Man, it feels good to actually be recapping racing once again.
This NASCAR offseason has certainly been an interesting one, with new cars, new events and even new relationships ("Stenica," "SparkleHouse" or whatever else you want to call Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s romantic two-car tandem). But in the end, whether you're a writer, a racer or just a fan, two months of gossiping and speculation can't replace the thrill of covering the races themselves.
We're still just under a week away from the Daytona 500 and the official start of the Sprint Cup season, but we got a taste of what to expect with Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited. Returning to the polesitter-centric format of years past, the 19-car event was a welcome return to action, it and foreshadowed good things to come this season.
Here are the six greatest takeaways from the first 75 laps of the year.