I was working from home tonight and didn't pay that much attention to the race, so I don't have a lot of notes about the Shootout. But, here's what I do have. 7:22 PM Starting watching the pre-race and then Fox started showing some singer who annoyed me, my wife and my son, so we switched over to USA showing NCIS, the only show I currently set aside time to watch every week. Unfortunately, there wasn't as much pre-race as I thought there would be, so I missed the start. We rejoined the race when they were under caution after the first wreck. 7:51 PM I've become convinced that most of what these guys say is just to fill airtime and not actually provide useful information. Whenever Larry McReynolds talks about a driver, like Jeff Gordon, he insists on telling us what car number the driver is in, even though Jeff has never driven anything but the #24 car since he started in the Cup series. It's just more ways to fill up airtime. I think they must get paid by the word. 8:18 PM Larry Mac just said that Jamie McMurray always runs well at Daytona. In 2008, McMurray finished 26th and 32nd and didn't lead a single lap. That doesn't seem to fit the definition of running well. 8:40 PM Done with work and I can start picking apart what everybody says with more detail. 8:53 PM DW as they go to commercial: "Who says you can't go 4 wide?" I don't know, Darrell, you tell me who said that. As far as I know, nobody said you couldn't. At 180-190, Daytona gets narrow, and while it's not the best idea to go 4-wide, nobody said you couldn't do it. 9:05 PM I'm sure I'll hate it later in the season, but on 1st viewing, I love the Kasey Kahne's GPS commercial. 9:06 PM And the jingle that I liked last year, the Subway 5 dollar foot long song, has become tired, boring, tedious, and annoying and I hate it. 9:21 PM 2/7/2009 Some decent racing at the end, but the ending is the perfect example of what I don't like. The race ended at an arbitrary point in the middle of turn 3. I just don't like it. And that's it. Ho-hum beginning of the season I guess, but it's hard to make any sort of judgment as I wasn't paying close attention to the race because of work. At least DW wasn't kissing up to any of the drivers.