NASCAR’s races at Daytona and Talladega are close, nearly bumper-to-bumper affairs every year. The tri-oval at Daytona has been the scene of crazy crashes, some that have sent parts flying into the stands. Why do the fans keep coming back?

In the first post of his new regular column on Road & Track, Marshall Pruett explains why the fans that choose to sit near the track on the front stretch of Daytona have overtaken even crazy rally fans as his choice for the bravest in all of motorsports.

Check out his thoughts here.