CUP: Thursday Daytona Notebook

[Thursday 8:46 am ET]

TOUGH SLEDDING – The Gen-6 car offers opportunities for adjustment and speed gains, Jimmie Johnson said, but he added that the “toolbox” is small. “We have far less tools today than at Homestead,” he said. “We still have opportunities to find things, but the reward is so small. You’re finding half a 10th (of a second) at best. You have to stack up four or five things to get an advantage.”

[Thursday 8:29 am ET]

PRETTY OBVIOUS? – Asked if there were early indications that the Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-Danica Patrick romance was taking shape last year, Joey Logano said, “Yes. Ray Charles could see that one coming.”

[Thursday 8:20 am ET]

DAYTONA MEDIA DAY ARRIVES – The drivers are here. The television cameras are here. The bright lights are here. It’s Media Day at Daytona. For much of Valentine’s Day, drivers from all three NASCAR series will face hard (and sometimes not-so-hard) questions from news media representatives about Speedweeks and the season to come. It’s time to get rolling…

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for and has been covering motorsports for 31 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.