The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gets off to an unofficial start this week with testing for the Daytona 500. Many drivers will be looking to experiment with different setups and strategies on the newly-paved two and a half mile super speedway.
Testing is the first opportunity for new crew chief/driver combinations to get familiar with each other and is also a chance for new spotters to adjust to the intensity of restrictor plate racing.
This week will also be critical for new drivers in the Sprint Cup series.
Steven Wallace will be embarking on his first NASCAR Cup race at Daytona, and he will be under the microscope from the first time he drives onto the track this week. The week will include cat and mouse games between the better teams and plenty of reconnaissance among the teams attempting to check out each other's equipment.
Believe it or not, anyone who tunes into Speed this week will have a tough time turning the channel.