A return to the norm for race fans as veteran driver Jimmy Johnson won at Daytona and rookie female driver Danica Patrick had to be happy finishing eighth, although she led at times during the race.
For Johnson, it was old hat, having started in some 400 races at the sport's highest level.
For Danica, it was 500 miles of solid driving in which she stayed near the front and brushed aside critics who dismissed her as a novelty.
Meanwhile, the boost to the sport from her ascent is very real.
Jimmie Johnson Wins Daytona 500 - Danica Patrick Is Eighth - NYTimes.com