Tuesday, February 16, 2010

And Daytona is in the books...

Jamie McMurray deserves every bit of joy he earned with the title of Daytona champion last Sunday. Brutal is the only way to describe that race. Seven hours and counting. . . if I'd been in the stands, I would have gone home long before the final green/white checkered flag. Still, everyone did the best they could with an unrepentant pot hole, and tempers were unusually checked. All in all, a good race. Now we can get down to the long season and see if JJ can keep it together. I'm all for the underdog - the Bobby Labontes in underfunded cars, Tommy Baldwin Racing, etc., but that flash of brilliance from someone coming out of Chip Ganassi's stable is cool.

Despite snow clinging to the ground, I'm thinking Spring! It's my only hope of sanity, LOL. If I can finish the first draft of SIGNS before the gardening gets going in earnest, it'll be a fitting reward for a long, hard winter of cold and icky weather.

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day. My honey and I were headed for a Daytona party, and on the way, encountered a gentleman who'd fallen on hard times. Buying him a burger was our privilege. As a country we can do more for those who need help, and it starts with us. We can't wait for the government to do the job, and shouldn't. "The Blind Side" taught some relevant lessons about caring for others, and I recommend it to everyone. Yes, we are our brothers' keepers.


Kenn Fong said...

Good post, Tracy. NASCAR needs to see some different faces in Victory Circle. The results at Fontana and Las Vegas have completely put me off Cup. Jimmie Johnson is as exciting as a white bread mayonaisse sandwich. I've grown a beard... that makes me edgy... NOT!.

It's like "Groundhog Day," I've seen Jimmie Johnson win a championship four times already and I don't need to see it again. If it were an interesting, exciting personality like Smoke or Junior or even Kyle Busch (who I'm starting to like) who won 4 in a row, it would feel different. It's even worse now since he's getting off to such a great start. In past seasons, it looked like other drivers had a chance.

I think for me the length of the season has accelerated my decision. Since I started working weekends, I discovered I can live without Cup. 10 months is a very long season. It's one thing to have an occasional race be an endurance contest for the drivers; it's another to have the season be an endurance contest for the fans.

If the 48 team runs off a skein of DNFs, and looks to miss the Chase, I will return. I'll be watching an occasional Indy race and some Nationwide and, as you suggested a truck race or two.

THX, kenn, once known as WCK

Tracy D said...

Kenn, you're so right - the season is brutally long. I'm shocked that I'm getting the Cup race on TIVO, checking it on fast forward, then deleting it. The truck races, I have to see live. Never thought I'd feel this way, but it's going to be a long, boring year if JJ cuts the other 42 off at the knees early. Yeah, he's the man as long as he has Chad. I get it. Next page, please.

The spark, now that JJ has ripped off two in a row, is definitely waning.