Just about anything can – and does – happen at Daytona.
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Short of a rhinoceros charging the field as the pack comes into the tri-oval, just about everything you can think of has happened during Daytona Speedweeks at some time or other.

In fact, some of the more curious instances have now become anecdotes that we tell with a shrug – and wouldn’t be surprised if they happened again.

It seems at Daytona, just about anything is within the realm of possibility.

We’re not in the business of predicting a driver’s performance, but after closely observing the sport for so many years, we do know a thing or two about what could ensue. And last night proved us right, or did it?

Every few years, Clint Bowyer will spend part of the last lap on his roof. The cool thing about Bowyer is, not only does his roof-sliding make for a big show, but he emerges from the car with a smile on his face and a joke for the camera.

There will be fire. The fire may not be (and hopefully isn’t) related to a car that’s competing for the trophy. Could be the jet dryer. Could be the pace car. Could be a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral.

Darrell Waltrip will make an obscure song reference. During the Duels broadcast, Waltrip busted out with The Tractors’ gem “Baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train.” (Which we kinda liked because we’re the same company that makes Lionel trains.) One can only hope DW brings some Kentucky Headhunters to the FOX booth on Sunday.

Feuds from left field. So maybe the Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough dust-up wasn’t that unpredictable – and it sure made for some historic television when they started slugging away. But Danica Patrick and Richard Petty? In a billion years, we never would have predicted these two would be linked in a verbal duel that has been prolonged by Tony Stewart offering his own cars to settle it once and for all.

Off the track, Daytona is just as unpredictable. Last year one of our Racing Collectables Club of America members smuggled a flying squirrel into our Daytona club dinner (no joke).  A couple years before that, we hosted the great Bobby Allison during Speedweeks and he ended the night by selling his own die-cast from the trunk of his car (to the delight of our club members and ourselves). This year, we’ve already seen someone win the first prize in our new Golden Ticket contest from the Danica Patrick merchandise hauler.

As for what other out-of-the-ordinary events will happen between now and the end of the Daytona 500, it’s anyone’s guess.