The spirit of the season is all about giving. I believe in life’s long term the more you give the more you get. Well we expect quite a bit from NASCAR during the year so in the spirit of the season I wish to give a little this time around. Here is my gift list for the stock car world.
Jeff Gordon: That fraction he is missing to visit victory lane more often.
Mark Martin: More fun like he had this year and that elusive championship.
The Milwaukee Mile: A solution to their financial woes.
Nashville Fairgrounds: A lifeline.
Steve Addington: That missing magic at Penske Racing.
Stewart-Haas Racing: The talent and good fortune to keep impressing me.
Roush-Fenway Racing: A GPS system to find their way back to the fast lane.
NASCAR Modifieds: More television time.
Richard Petty Motorsports: Some stability and a solid foundation.
NASCAR: A marriage between the sport’s original fundamentals and the modern-day financial benefits. I know this is not easy.
Juan Pablo Montoya: His first oval track stock car win.
Kyle Busch: Cup championship contention.
Sam Ard: Good health.
Richard Childress Racing. The 2009 season to do over.
Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski: Some oil and water.
Danica Patrick: Patience and an open mind.
Indy 500: The earlier traditional starting time. Selfishly I would love to see more drivers attempt ‘The Double.’
Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Success with their new management that can help return the track to its once high status.
Short Track Drivers: Opportunities in the professional leagues based on talent and not on their ability to bring a sponsor.
North Wilkesboro Speedway: A successful return to the racing landscape.
Former NASCAR team employees: Employment and financial survival for their families. And as a stocking stuffer: some sense of loyalty returning to the industry.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr: A ladder he can use to climb out of his ditch.
Start-n-Parkers: Full time sponsors.
Jeremy Mayfield: A peaceful and resolving 2010.
Newer fans: A deep sense of the history of auto racing. A lot happened before you discovered the sport, but welcome to the party nonetheless.
James Finch: Another Cup win.
Talented veteran drivers: Competitive rides instead of picking up field filler seats simply to maintain a presence in the sport.
All Weekly Home Tracks: A business plan to increase front gate sales, not back gate sales.
Jimmie Johnson: Socks. What else can you give the man who has everything?
Jim: My heartfelt thanks for giving me a weekly platform to practice and learn about writing. This has given me a new avenue to stay involved in motorsports that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Bump-Drafts readers: My appreciation for checking in, reading, and offering your own comments and opinions. Without fans, there is no racing or bump-drafts. Thank you.