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What message would you write to your favorite driver?

Not sure we'll ever get tired of jet dryer jokes.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- At Daytona International Speedway, there are windows for fans to look into each driver's garage stall from the infield concourse. Not only are those windows a vehicle for those on the infield to catch an up-close glimpse of what teams are doing to their cars, but it's also become a way for fans to scribble messages to the teams and drivers on the windows.

Mostly, the messages are words of encouragement for the 500 and express a fan's love for his or her favorite driver. Sometimes they're funny. Sometimes they're incompetent. Or sometimes, drivers don't have any messages at all.

The scribbles on the window are a mishmash of proper grammar and slang. Some people have realized that writing backwards makes it easier for teams to read them.

On Friday, Danica Patrick said she was pretty sure there were some cool messages on her window and said she was going to have to take a look at all the writing. It's certainly the most cluttered window -- it's only rivaled by Tony Stewart's and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s. (There was one message as of Friday night on Casey Mears' window, unless Germain Racing has Windexed the window over Speedweeks or something.)

Whoever wrote this note professing love to Danica wanted to write backwards so that Danica could see it, until he or she gave up about halfway through.

Ricky Stenhouse's window actually had fewer Danica jokes than you would expect, though major points to the person who signed the window as Danica Patrick. Unless it was, you know, actually Danica, and then that would be really awesome.

As you can see from the picture at the top, drivers' names are listed at the top of the window so that you 1. know exactly whose garage stall you're looking at and 2. have a handy reference guide in case you want to write your favorite driver's name on the window and forget how to spell it.

This Jimmie Johnson fan didn't take advantage of that.

And neither did this Trevor Bayne fan, though Johnny could be forgiven for thinking about Batman and not the former Daytona 500 winner.

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