Happy New Year Faithful Reader and Fellow Fan! I hope this posting finds you ready and excited to face a prosperous and happy 2014!
I know it’s been pretty quiet here lately. After the re-launch of Bump Drafts back at the end of May, we had been going great guns and then suddenly slowed in the late Fall. Allow me to explain: I’ve forgotten how time consuming my play-by-play gig kept. The good news is that the Cascade Christian Challengers football team won the Oregon AAA championship. Just one week later, basketball season started with four preseason tournaments, keeping the writer busy, not to mention all that comes with the fulltime job as a TV/radio sports reporter and news writer. With all that being said, Bump Drafts isn’t going anywhere, and as many of you know, I am also writing twice a week over at All Left Turns, which also revived after a short quiet spell.
With that out of the way, my friends, I ask the question: what is the one thing in NASCAR you would like to see happen if nothing else comes to pass concerning your dreams, wishes and desires? Feel free to be specific.
For me, beyond the general wish of consistently good racing, I think this fan’s wish is to see NASCAR wunderkind Kyle Larson earn multiple wins and take the series by storm. NASCAR needs an infusion of new blood. Not just new blood, but relevant new blood. From here, this writer sees a need for a young fresh face to come along and carry the touch, and bring the sport to a new generation. In this humble opinion, Larson just might be that guy.
Other wishes on the list include multiple wins for Dale Earnhardt Jr. It’s too much of a stretch to call him an underdog, but would be nice to see the loyalty of his huge fan base rewarded and for the haters to get off his back.
As strange as it sounds, I am also rooting for Jimmie Johnson to win his seventh championship. To be honest, I’ve never been a real Johnson, for no other reason than he wins all the time. This time though, Johnson is on the verge of history. He’s quality racer and a quality guy, and it’s time to make room at the top.
A partner to that wish is my wish that Johnson gets raced hard for it. It would be cool to see the likes of Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jr., Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski offer up a spirited challenge to make it the most interesting chase ever.
I am also wishing for success for Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing. I love the underdog, and to that end, I love FRR. Truex is also somewhat of an underdog after what went down at Michael Waltrip Racing, all of it (in my opinion) beyond his control.
It would also be fun to see Stewart-Haas Racing, with their new lineup, shake things up a little bit, well actually, a lot in 2014. a return to the track by Tony Stewart will be welcomed, and it will be intriguing to watch how Smoke, Happy, The Outlaw and Danica all co-exist.
That’s what’s on my mind this morning, how about you? I always look forward to hearing from you.