When NASCAR fans think about the brand of racing at Daytona International Speedway, they immediately think of those two to three wide packs pacing their way around the 31 degree banked turns.
The sound of those 43 stock cars, perculating at full song like the vocal harmonies of an acapella group, as well as the Blue Angel-like formations throughout the course of a race is one of the most exhilarating sights to see in the course of a long, 36 race season.
That said, pending changes with the Sprint Cup cars between press time and the Daytona 500 this Sunday (Live, 1 PM EST on FOX), about everyone in attendance at the 52-year-old facility will witness a different type of racing.
Drivers will still be navigating their cars at blistering speeds at over 200 miles per hour. And yes, it'll still be exciting to watch, as Thursday's Gatorade Duels and Sunday's "Great American Race" will still be a high speed game of chess.
However, those large packs of cars, strung together neatly like the canned goods found in the aisles of your local grocery store, may be nonexistent.
Instead, it'll be a case of the two car draft packs, pushing and shoving each other to the front, with the drivers' cars looking more like magnets attracting one another.
A unique spectacle, it's drawn mixed reviews with fans and competitors who grew accustomed to the type of restrictor plate racing prevalent since 1988, the first year these devices were used in the Cup cars.
Some racers, notably Dale Earnhardt Jr., liked having their destiny determined by the way of the draft. It was up to the racer to decide which car was the drafting ticket to the front and which driver had to be left "out to dry."
Others have chosen to adopt to the style of racing at Daytona, with Jeff Gordon saying per AP Sports Writer Mark Long's article, "Maybe I'm in a little bit of denial, but I keep thinking there's no way we could do that for a whole race.
"The game has changed. That's all I can say. Once you have it (knowledge of the racing), you have it, you maintain it, you apply it."
In the words of Sprint Cup Series director John Darby, simply put, "The world's not broken." NASCAR's certainly looking for ways to make the racing exciting, yet erring more on the side of sanity rather than insanity with these incredible two car bump draft packs.
Some racers mentioned how they weren't able to see the other car either ahead or behind them, particularly if a driver had to check up to cool their cars' motors or if they had to slow down.
Sure, it may have worked last Saturday in the 70-lap Budweiser Shootout, which was a mini prelude to the Daytona 500. However, it'll be a far more intense event, with the stakes being very high as well as a lot of pride, glory, and money on the line.
Although these two car drafts may have minimized the chances of "The Big One," or the multi-car crash that's usually the result of at least one driver's mistake in a large pack of cars, the chances of a grinding crash are still probable.
It's a damn tricky game of motorsports, particularly with restrictor plate racing at Daytona and Talladega. Every driver has to trust each other that they'll at least respect each other's room, that at over 200 miles per hour, split second decisions have to be made to make the winning moves.
If anybody wants to see an exercise of human patience and intellect, then it's "must see TV" to watch the racing at Daytona.
While it will likely be an afterthought in light of the celebration of the life and 10th death anniversary of the late Dale Earnhardt, to say the least, it's mind boggling to consider everything that will take place this coming Sunday afternoon.
Get used to it fans - it'll be the two car shuffle for a while and regardless of anyone's thoughts on it, it's certainly going to make as much noise and incite as much reaction as the sounds of those 43 cars hurling around the speedway in NASCAR's "Super Bowl."