Daytona 500: How Will 2012 Race Look? We'll Start To Get Answers Tonight

If the rain stays away from Daytona International Speedway -- and we hope it does -- our first hints on what the 2012 Daytona 500 may look like will come in tonight's Budweiser Shootout practices.

At Thursday's annual NASCAR Media Day, hundreds of reporters asked the Sprint Cup Series drivers to offer insight as to whether two-car tandems would still dominate next Sunday's Daytona 500.

The answer? Lots of shrugs, a few wild guesses and plenty of "I don't know" replies.

As it turns out, the drivers honestly have no clue how the race is going to look. Will they be able to use the two-car drafts for several laps at a time despite NASCAR's rule changes to limit pushing? If not, will they race in a pack or just try to switch more often?

Tonight's practices should begin to give us some hints on how long the drivers can push one another -- which is the key to the entire Daytona 500 makeup.

We're about to find out together.

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