Stewart and Hamlin had the dominant cars on Saturday night and as the laps wound down, everyone had their eyes trained on the front four cars that had broken away from the field: Stewart, Kyle Busch, Hamlin, and Johnson.
A debris caution with less than 10 laps to go, put everyone on edge. I could feel the mood in the crowd change, everyone knew what was coming.
A double-file restart and the one thing that I kept hearing from others around me was, "watch Kyle Busch."
As the race restarted everyone in attendance had not paid for a ticket, they paid for standing space.
The pack roared through turns three and four, Kyle Busch made a masterful move to take the lead from Tony Stewart.
This time the crowd, that wasn't standing there with their mouths hung open and wondering what the hell just happened, cheered the youngest Busch brother.
Yes, cheered him.
Through turns one and two, down the backstretch and headed for the final two turns, once again I could feel a shift in the crowd as Stewart got closer to the No. 18 back bumper.
Off turn four and just one mile from the checkered flag, Kyle Busch was suddenly staring me in the face as his Toyota slammed the wall.
The crowd erupted.
Stewart took the checkered flag, Busch took a beating and the crowd took it upon themselves to applaud the finish. No doubt there were the fans that cheered because Busch didn't win the race, but others such as myself were applauding what we had just seen.
Every driver walked away from the Daytona Demolition Derby but the fans didn't walk away or stop screaming until at least 30 minutes later.
Upon climbing out in victory lane Tony Stewart officially became the Most Popular Driver in NASCAR.