If I was beautiful, I would be dressed up like this to celebrate the return of NASCAR! I'd be doing high-kicks and waving pom-poms! I'd be shouting, "N-A-S! C-A-R! NASCAR, NASCAR, NASCAR!"
I'm looking forward to everything - the roar of engines, the sight of 43 cars on the track, even hearing the dreaded "boogity, boogity, boogity". I can't wait to see good old DW and good old Larry Mac. Hey, Boys - welcome back!
So, don't try to rain on my parade with your pissing and moaning, Whiners, because it won't work.
I think the new qualifying format will lend more excitement to the pre-race activities. I think it will be fun to see how all the changes - in the car (no height requirement, different spoiler) and in the Chase - will impact the sport. I'm looking forward to a genuinely competitive rookie field. I'm curious and interested about how the personalities at SHR will meld together.
I have my favorites, of course. Jimmie - always. Junior, Danica, Kyle Larson. But I'm not fanatical about it. I won't be devastated if any of them don't do as well as I hope. I'm usually happy for whoever wins. If Marcos won on an oval, I'd be like "yay, Marcos!" If Tony gets to Victory Lane early in the season despite his heartbreaking injury last year, same with Denny, I'd be "go, Tony, go Denny!". If one of the "little guys" pulls off a win like David Ragan did last year and makes the Chase, I'd be thrilled for them. I'll be glad if the Fords correct whatever their little disadvantage was last year and get up to consistent speed.
I won't expect miracles. Some races simply won't reach 10 on the drama scale. That has never happened and it never will happen. Sometimes one driver will dominate a race, no matter how the rules are changed. Not every football game, baseball game or basketball game is action-packed either. In horse-racing, they try to level the playing field by making some horses carry heavier weights. Does it always work? Not so's you notice when one horse wins by 20 lengths.
So, thank God, we only have to make it through two more NASCAR-less weekends! Hi, Jimmie and Jeff and Kyle and Greg and Kurt and Danica and Smoke and Brad and the rest. You don't know how much I've missed you. Good luck to all of you! I'll be right there with you every step of the way.