Two days down at the World Centre of Racing, and everyone is ready for some racing.
That was the theme at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday.
He made is long awaited return to his Sprint Cup car for Sprint Unlimited practice. With the shouts from the fanzone, or the media presence following his every move are any indiction, the racing world is happy to have him back.
While he is a good natured fellow, he won't hold his punches if the media is a little pushy as we all found out at the media day when he was repeatedly asked about the Petty comments on his driver Danica Patrick.
Either way, he was full of smiles despite the dozens of photographers and videographers waiting for him in his garage stall. I know as I waited for Smoke to show up, I was a little nervous.
One thing I am incredibly surprised about is the lack of practice these guys actually do. I suppose in all my iRacing experience, I know that being behind another car at 199 miles per hour is pretty scary on a computer, but in real life….I can only imagine.
If you think it looks spectacular on TV, come to Speedweeks and see it for yourself.
Tomorrow is the first of five race days during Speedweeks 2014. I am pumped. Technically, there is no clapping in the press box, but I have to say I am rooting for the Stewart-Haas contingent.
Who are you pulling for?