I'd be interested to know what all you folks thought about Speed Weeks at Daytona.

I thought they were awesome. Last week I mentioned the changes NASCAR made in the off-season for the sport would be good for this year.

They did not let me down.

Kevin Harvick kicked off Speed Weeks by winning the Bud Shootout. Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne won Duels qualifying races, with both ending in photo finishes.

Next was the Nationwide race, with Tony Stewart winning in a car owned by Kevin Harvick... again, another great race!

The Camping World Truck Series race was then won by sophomore driver Timothy Peters, my personal favorite truck driver.

Finally, much to my surprise, Jamie McMurray won the 52nd running of the Daytona 500.

Was it a popular win? Yes, it was, because every so often a driver comes along who everyone likes. He might not be your favorite driver but no one dislikes him.

He's kind of like a Bill Elliott or Kenny Schrader -- everybody likes him. I am not disappointed he won.

It did disappoint me that, on lap 123 of the 500, a pothole nine inches wide, 15 inches long and two inches deep opened up in turn one. The race was red flagged for about an hour and 40 minutes.

NASCAR knew Saturday night, after the running of the Nationwide and Truck Series events, the race track was coming apart but chose not to do anything about it.

When the race finally went back to green-flag racing, it was brief because the patch on the pothole had came apart again.

The race was red flagged for a second time, this dealy for about an hour. And trust me when I tell you, once the sun went down, I got very cold.

NASCAR's bad decisions started to take a toll on race fans and many packed up their belongings and left. It had been almost six hours since the green flag had fallen, a long time to sit at any event, especially when it's cold.

Yet let me say this, all the events held at the Daytona Speedway over the past two weeks were fantastic. Excluding the pothole problem, all of the races were very exciting.

To be there is so cool. The pre-race entertainment with Tim McGraw was also good.

For me, Speed Weeks were great!

I'm truly hoping the racing season takes the cue from this promising start. I'm looking forward to many more great races this season but under much warmer conditions.

A heartfelt congratulations goes out to Jamie McMurray and his entire team, including his crew chief Bono Mannion from Connecticut.

Congratulations, too, to Elliott Sadler and his wife, who welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Wyatt, Monday.

The Sprint Cup guys are at the California Speedway on Sunday, starting at 3 p.m.

Janine Toussaint may be contacted at jtoussaint@newstimes.com.