Much-delayed Daytona 500 pop quiz

Mon, Feb 15
PotholeAP Photo/Russell WilliamsNASCAR and track officials examine a pothole in the track during the Daytona 500.

How closely did you watch Sunday's Daytona 500? Page 2 has a pop quiz:

The best part of the race was …

A. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s desperate, last-lap charge from 10th place to second.

B. Winner Jamie McMurray kissing the Daytona ground in joy.

C. A pair of delays totaling 2 hours and 25 minutes to fix a pothole.

Answer: C. It's always nice to catch a long nap during a sporting event.

The worst part of the Daytona 500 was …

A. Tony Stewart, perpetual Daytona bridesmaid, didn't even crack the top 20.

B. Jamie McMurray cried in Victory Lane. A lot. Also at the news conference. A lot.

C. We didn't get enough Danica Patrick coverage.

Answer: C. Thankfully, the new channel, DNN, should be launching any day.

The pothole was probably caused by …

A. Recent heavy rains in Florida.

B. The track surface hasn't been repaved since 1978.

C. A diabolical plan by NASCAR to push the end of the race into East Coast prime time.

Answer: C. But that whole "30-year-old pavement" thing might be a better explanation.

The biggest surprise was …

A. Jimmie Johnson dropped out with a broken axle on Lap 185.

B. Kyle Busch didn't get into a postrace fight with another driver.

C. NASCAR allowed a "male enhancement" product to sponsor a car -- the No. 37 ExtenZe Ford Fusion.

Answer: C. Oh, the humanity.

The 2010 Daytona 500 was NASCAR's biggest PR disaster since …

A. Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough fought on national television in 1979.

B. The Great Goodyear Brickyard Tire Debacle of 2008.

C. When Jeff Gordon sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley Field and called it "Wrigley Stadium." Ouch.

Answer: B. But we still can't get that song out of our heads.