What the Golden Globes is to the Academy Awards the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 is often a precursor to the Sprint Cup Daytona 500.
If that is the case this year, watch for everyone to behave themselves on Sunday — well at least until the checkered flag flies to end the race.
In a fierce battle with 2012 Cup champion Brad Keselowski in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford (see finish-line photo below), Regan Smith won on Saturday driving the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet by .013 of a second while half a dozen cars were wrecking behind the two of them.
Trevor Bayne, the 2012 Daytona 500 winner, finished third in the No. 6 Roush Racing Ford with Kyle Busch — who led the most laps in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota — fourth.
Veteran Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
“This means a lot,” Smith said. “It is a great way to start the season — a win at Daytona.”