Writing about racing. Most of it is NASCAR, but occasionally I write about other series too.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oh No! Not another NASCAR Blog!

Another NASCAR Blog? Really?  

Yes, and why not?

While I am still a fairly “new” fan to the world of NASCAR, got serious about following it mid 2006, I have a very deep love and enthusiasm for the sport. I haven’t agreed with or liked everything I have seen, but there is always hope that things will improve. 

With what we have seen in the beginning of the 2010 season, it looks as if things may be looking up.

Favorite Drivers.
I like a lot of drivers, and I have a “Top 5” list of drivers I like. My #1 favorite is Clint Bowyer, with Matt Kenseth following a close 2nd. Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick round out my top 5. Others that are “up there” in my list of favorites are Mark Martin, Max Papis, Tony Stewart and Joey Logano. 

Least Favorite/Drivers I Dislike.
It is a new season, therefore all drivers start out with a Clean Slate. I decided last year that I don’t need to waste my time with hating a particular driver just because of something he may have done 3 years ago. So, EVERYBODY gets a clean slate. 

The 2010 Season
This looks to be an interesting year. RCR is showing signs of life, which is continuing from the end of the 2009 season. Last year was painful to say the least. Going from having all the RCR guys in the Chase in 2007 and 2008  with Clint finishing 3rd in 2007 and 5th in 2008, to none of them making the Chase last year. Painful to watch. I have a lot of hope riding with the #33, #31 and the #29. Oh, and the #3 in the Truck series, of course. 

The Obligatory Danica Commentary
One thing I have learned to view with a lot of distaste over the past few years is the media hype and sensationalism that will center around one driver. I rapidly became tired of Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007, bored with Joey “Sliced Bread” Logano in 2008 and 2009… do NOT get me started on the hype around Dale Jr. every time we turn around. 

Now we have Danica. Well, there has been some hype in the “will she, won’t she join NASCAR” over the past few years. But now that she is actually in some races in the NASCAR world? The media won’t shut up about her! 

Don’t get me wrong, I would like to see her succeed. If anything, it will help open the door of possibility to more women in the sport if she does. I was impressed by her driving in the ARCA race. That was one hell of a save when she was spun. Now that she has the ride for the Nationwide race this Saturday (which I still feel for Kelly Bires on that one. Ouch!) let’s see how well she handles the car and racing with some of the big boys. 

So For Now…
The intention is to update this blog at least 1-2 times a week. What reality dictates will remain to be seen.