I don’t get to watch NASCAR as much as I used to but I still root for Jimmie Johnson to win every week. It’s strange right now to have NASCAR without Dale Earnhardt Jr racing right now. But I guess it is a taste of things to come he is not getting any younger. What might have been even stranger is watching Jeff Gordon sub for him a few times. For me it was odd seeeing Gordon drive somthing other than the 24 car and subbing for an Earnhardt. I know they were teammates over the past few seasons but to me it was still odd.
Well Jeff Gordon’s last Daytona 500 is over and he did not win. In fact he was part of a big last lap wreck. I was a little disappointed with how the 500 ended but it is what it is. Not a big Joey Lagano fan but it could be worse. And it looks like it will be sometime before the Busch brothers are back on track. It looks like Kyle will probably be back before Kurt but we will have to wait and see. I am not a Kyle Busch fan, but I do feel bad for him, on the eve of the Daytona 500 to break your leg and foot in an accident and have to have surgery, wow! For a diehard racer like Kyle that has to be tough. This pretty much hurts his chances of making the chase this year. Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr were so close but not close enough to grabbing another Daytona 500 victory. Onward and upward, Atlanta is next.
As always I am a day late and a dollar short but I guess that is how I am going to live my life. So a few weeks ago Jeff Gordon made a shocking announcement. This will be his last full season in NASCAR. Wow! I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I heard that one! Not that I am a Gordon fan but he is giant in the sport, like him or hate him. I don’t see him leaving NASCAR though. I think he will do like Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, and Darrell Waltrip before him and find a spot in the TV booth somewhere. And I think that would be a good job for him. He will have the best of both worlds still be in NASCAR but with not as much of the travel so he can spend even more time with his kids. Now just because this is going to be Gordon’s last year that does not mean I want him to win the Championship this year, that is something for Jimmie Johnson and only Jimmie Johnson to win in my eye.
Friday night the newest NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion was celebrated. I never in my wildest dreams thought Kevin Harvick would be a Sprint Cup Champion. Well actually I refuse to accept him as a champion because I refuse to accept the new chase format. I’m not sure which driver would have won if it was still the old chase format but that is beside the point. If it was Harvick then it was Harvick, but then again it could have been someone else, it could have been Dale Earnhardt Jr or even dare I say it Jeff Gordon. I hope this new chase format is not sticking around.