February 8, 2007
Daytona -- The Daytona 500 is the biggest race in Motorsports.
Since 1995, television ratings at Daytona have been the highest for any auto race of the year, well surpassing the traditional leader the Indianapolis 500.
The Great American Race is just about ready to drop the green flag on another season.
The drivers at the track Thursday for media day.
The non-championship-points event Bud Shoot-out is Saturday night, with the big race next weekend.
Having the biggest race of the year the first week of the season is unique to Nascar.
Dale Earnhardt Junior has one Daytona 500 victory to his credit, taking the checkered flag in 2004.
Jimmie Johnson finished first at Daytona last season, and went on to win his first series championship.
Earnhardt says the prestige that accompanies a win in the 500 stays with a driver forever.
"A win here solidifies your name in the sport," says Earnhardt. "It's a great moment. Probably the greatest day in your life, if you're a race car driver."
Last years Daytona 500 attracted over 20-million viewers.