When the Coke Zero 400 had run its course, at close to 3 on Monday morning, all the weary Sprint Cup teams loaded up the cars, most of them damaged and some destroyed, for the long drive home, knowing they would have to get ready again for testing and then a race in Kentucky next weekend.
Big One? Daytona International Speedway had four of them in its rain-delayed summer classic, and even though 29 cars finished, most of them were ill-equipped to race again any time soon.
The most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won, and the most successful, Jimmie Johnson, finished second, and yet the overriding emotion, even for the winner, wasn't joy. It was relief.