Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Still Waiting....

If you have not seen the new NASCAR commercial, you've got to go now and take a look. It is terrific!

Unfortunately, not so much for Go Daddy's Super Bowl commercial featuring a darling little puppy who gets lost, finds it's way home and is then sold! Why anyone in their right mind thought this would be an appealing way to sell Go Daddy products is beyond me. Watch some Budweiser commercials, Go Daddy, then try again!

Speaking of Go Daddy, that means Danica, who is in the last year of her contract with Stewart-Haas. I know lots of Danica haters would laugh and stomp with glee if her contract wasn't renewed but I just heard that Gene Haas said they are planning to stick with her. As long as Go Daddy is willing to foot the bill, why not? Yeah, all these team owners hope to win championships but first they have to have a team and having a team means having a sponsor. We call NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers the 43 best drivers in the world but are they? Really? All of them? Or are they the dozen or so best drivers and another 31 who are lucky enough to have sponsors, especially those whose sponsors are also their families and will fund them to the bitter end?

The biggest news out of NASCAR this off-season is that this will be Jeff Gordon's last full year of racing. NASCAR without Jeff Gordon. It's almost hard to imagine such a thing. But as I hear it, he will be going to the broadcast booth and that should give us some particularly interesting insights.

I personally admire anyone who chooses to go out on top. I do wonder a little though if he wasn't encouraged to make this choice to create space for Chase Elliott - not that I think Rick Hendrick would ever push him out if he didn't want to go but maybe Chase breathing down his neck helped him make his decision. HMS did lose Brad Keselowski because they didn't have a slot for him. I don't think Jeff wanted to pull a Mark Martin on the Chase deal.

Many kudos and congrats to Chip Ganassi and the whole Ganassi team but especially the NASCAR pair, Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson, and Jamie even more especially as the designated winner of the Rolex 24. Wow, what a coup for Jamie and it shows us again just how talented young Kyle Larson is in any type of vehicle he's put in.

As I write this, it is 24 days until the Daytona 500 but I'm starting my count from when the first cars are on the track to practice. It doesn't have to be a points race or even a race at all - just the sights and sounds of race cars flying around a circle. I want to see those familiar faces and firesuits and paint schemes and some that aren't so familiar. Yes, I even want to hear Darrell Waltrip say, "boogity, boogity, boogity".

In the meantime, I guess I'll listen to the endless controversy about under-inflated footballs. Bah! Tell me about under-inflated tires, and maybe I'll listen.