Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Wishin' on 2014
Good old 2013 was a pretty good year as far as NASCAR was concerned. And although it really isn't nice to be greedy.....in my heart I'm REVVIN' FOR SE7EN with Jimmie in 2014. If that doesn't happen, then I'm wishing for Junior to win his first Sprint Cup championship to prove all the doubters wrong, not to mention, automatically making it an especially memorable season for NASCAR - not to mention that he's a good guy and it would make him so happy - not to mention that he and Stevie have worked so hard to upgrade their program over the last few years.
Still in Cup, I'm wishing that Kyle Larson wins Rookie of the Year. That is probably unlikely because we all know that Pop-Pop will pull out all the stops for Austen. I'm not sure Ganassi has the resources to compete with a Richard Childress on a mission for his grandson.
I'm wishing a win for Danica in 2014 and in general, a improvement in her points position. I think she made decent progress last year but this season needs to show a jump in performance. (That's not only true for her but for SHR in general).
I'm wishing for a full recovery for Tony Stewart by Daytona and for a win in the 500, adding a huge milestone to his career. I'm also wishing that the Stewart-Haas team provides us as much drama as many expect them to.
I'm wishing that Martin Truex, Jr. does as well with Furniture Row as Kurt Busch did and that A.J. Allmendinger takes JTG Daugherty to a new level.
I'm hoping Brad Keselowski makes it back into the Chase in 2014. That team is certainly good enough. I think 2013 was an aberration....and there was maybe a bit of hubris about being the champion. Some people can handle accolades without becoming too full of themselves, like Jimmie. Brad, not so much. Now he'll have to be a scrapper again and that role suits him better.
In Nationwide, I'm wishing NASCAR would come down with a rule that Cup drivers cannot drive for their Cup teams. I'm not expecting it to happen....but I'm wishing. I'd love to see a bunch of newbies celebrating in Victory Lane.....instead of just Kyle and Joey and Brad.
I've never been as interested in the truck series as Nationwide and Cup but I think and wish this will be an exciting year with all the young faces like Brent Moffitt, John Hunter Nemecheck, German Quiroga, Darrell Wallace, Jr, Ben Kennedy, Ryan Bolaney, Max Gresham, Jeb Burton and others. I also wish for the rumors to be true about Nelson Piquet, Jr. running a full season for Joe Denette. I thought Turner-Scott yanked him away from trucks and put him in Nationwide just as he was hitting his stride and it retarded his progress.
In the IndyCar series, I wish Will Power, the perpetual bridesmaid, would finally win a championship.
In Formula 1, my heart is totally with Kimi Raikkonen.
So, there you have it. They aren't my predictions, because I'm terrible at predictions, but they are my wishes for the racing season of 2014..