Modern-day 500 more fizzle than sizzle

Don't call the Daytona 500 NASCAR's version of the "Super Bowl." Call it what it is: a big-budget, made-for-TV exhibition that disappoints more than it delivers.

Updated: February 17, 2009, 1:42 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR should stop awarding points for the Daytona 500.

Or at least stop calling it "our Super Bowl," which it isn't.

Not anymore, and not by a long shot.

Call it what it is: NASCAR's smash-hit extravaganza preseason exhibition.

NASCAR has always shot for the show above all else, and now that's what it's got in its showcase event: a show. That's all.

This is not meant disrespectfully toward Matt Kenseth. His win here Sunday night was no more, ...

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