I’m very much inured to the slings and arrows fired off with monotonous regularity by various members of the NASCAR pack.
“Beyond the stat itself or the records or whatever, it’s the experiences of it all that are the most important to me.” – Mark Martin
Putting aside his tendency to be a slow starter, more worrying for Denny Hamlin – and, indeed, all three Joe Gibbs drivers – is repeated issues with engines.
I can guarantee you that this week you’ll see a preponderance of “Kyle Busch can be the 2011 Sprint Cup Champ” articles following his sweep in Thunder Valley.
Consider the fast start Stewart-Haas Racing has made. We’ll start with the standings. Tony Stewart sits in second place. Ryan Newman isn’t far behind in fifth.
It’s only three races into the year, but already NASCAR is plenty full of intriguing storylines to carry us through a full season.
It’s ridiculously early to be worrying about points, but this was not the welcome back Brian Vickers was looking for.
Ironically, given the disaster that befell Denny Hamlin at the end of the 2010 season at Phoenix, he’ll probably be pleased to exit the high banks of Daytona.
For the first time in 12 attempts at the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start on pole in the season-opening race.
Before the madness begins anew under the lights at Daytona this Saturday night, here are, in no particular order, my 11 wishes for NASCAR in 2011.
I’ve been thinking – sensibly – about who would be the best champion for NASCAR this year?
While the big boys fight it out for the giant check and ornate trophy, there are plenty of other drivers already wondering about what next year will bring.