Well my boys of the track are back! I guess the big question looping as the Daytona 500 inches closer, can Jimmie become the first driver to ever win eight championships? Or maybe this will be Dale’s year? I’m sure missing have of last season and getting married during the off season has give Dale a new driving force. I know he didn’t leave too much dust under his tires already capturing a front row starting spot for the 500. Between Dale’s return, Jimmie’s drive for eight, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards retiring, a new title sponsor, new young drivers, and changes to the championship points, I think this season could get very interesting!
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.
Sunday was the five week mark till the start of the 2015 NASCAR Season. The Daytona 500! Normally this time of year I am on the edge of my seat waiting for Daytona but this year not so much. I guess it’s knowing that same stupid championship format is going to be there again this season that has me not looking forward to the start. I want to be excited for the start of the season I really do but I’m just not feeling it this year. Hopefully Jimmie can come back this year, maybe that will make me feel better. Him winning the championship would still not change the way I feel about this new system but I would be happy for a seventh championship. Guess we will have to see what happens this year. Maybe it will be Juniors year.
I saw on Facebook and Twitter where Jimmie Johnson has been at Disney World this week with his family. I say good for him he deserves it. But then I also got to thinking what it would be like to be there at the same time. It would be so cool if you were walking down Main Street USA and oh I just passed Jimmie Johnson. Or as your climbing into the car at Test Track and who is getting out of the same car none other than the Six Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. Or at one of the restaurants when they take you to your table there sitting at the table next to you is Jimmie Johnson and family. I still think that would be really cool!
It’s my favorite time of year! Jimmie, Dale, Kasey and the boys are back at the track! Saturday night watching the Sprint Unlimited hearing those engines roar was like music to my ears! It has been a long, cold, wait since November. To me the Daytona 500 means spring is right around turn 4. It’s going to be an interesting season, especially with the changes to the chase this year. I can’t wait to see who comes out on top not only Sunday in the Daytona 500 but also at the end of the year. Will it be Jimmie Johnson? Will it be Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Or will it be somebody else?