In surfing about the web yesterday, I found an article on NASCAR.com called Pointing Out The Questions That Matter written by Joe Menzer. He came up with a list of questions to be answered, then proceed to provide an answer. Well- I have decided I want to answer them too because I don’t necessarily agree with his answers:
1. A streak? Or something more? (speaking of Kyle Busch)
Try talent, mixed with the right team chemistry, it’s amazing isn’t it? I don’t think Kyle clicked personality wise or driving style with with the HMS powerhouse duo of Gordon and Johnson. Kyle clicks better with JGR and mostly with Tony Stewart’s driving style. Also, streaks will only take you so far. I know there are a lot of Kyle haters out there, but the kid’s got raw talent. Don’t believe me? Look at him in the truck series and the nationwide. This is not to say that he isn’t a little too cocky and pushy on the track…but that is youth speaking there. His driving will mature just like he will.
2. Where art thou, brother?
Yeah most fans will remember the great Busch brother war of the all-star race. However- haven’t you ever been mad at a sibling? Sometimes you don’t always take it out in the politest of ways. Its called family. You should try listening to radio communications between Jr. and Tony Eury Jr sometimes. They talk to each other the way family talks to each other. Working in a college gives me this insight. I can’t tell you how many times I hear students talking to their parents on cell phones and you can ALWAYS tell. ALWAYS. Family doesn’t tiptoe around worrying about what is said and how its going to be conceived. Family usually tells it like it is. That being said, family doesn’t have to be blood. I notice that Tony Stewart and Greg Zipadelli’s radio communications are pretty darn close to family too…this was particularly evident to me during Darlington.
3. Where’s Tony?
Menzer’s answer to this question kind of ticked me off. Why did he insist on insinuating that Tony Stewart is “old”. He is about to turn 37. That isn’t old by any long shot. Yes he is considering his options as his contract will expire at the end of the 09 season, but that does not make him old. If it does then Greg Biffle is ancient. And Robby Gordon too. Oh and Jeff Burton. Kyle Petty. Let’s not forget Jeff Gordon who is just a few months younger than Tony. Call the senior citizen’s home now to get them all spots.**
That being said Tony is in the top 10 in points and has had a lot of top ten finishes this season already. The season is still fairly young and Tony always seems to do his best racing in the summer. Hopefully this season will be no different. As I have been telling my friend the JGordon fan…there is a long way between now and the chase and a lot can happen.
4. Will Junior’s winless streak ever end?
Law of averages says eventually yes it will end. Sooner or later the moon and the stars will align in the correct pattern and Junior will get his win. Will it be this season? I couldn’t tell you. I can tell you that his equipment definitely seems stronger this year with HMS than it was last year with DEI. I don’t know if he is just not clicking in the Gordon/Johnson team or if it is just bad luck. It’s too early to tell. The bigger question is, who will get a win first Gordon or Earnhardt. I am putting my $5.00 on Gordon.
5. What’s up with last year’s Coca-Cola 600 winner, the not-so-mighty Casey?
No one was hoping Mears would break out after his Coca-Cola 600 win and start winning more than me. Obviously that didn’t happen. I don’t know why. If he wants to win he has to step it up. That’s all that can be said there.
6. Where did he come from? (Speaking of David Regan)
David Regan may currently be 12th in the standing, the better question is, can he stay there. The magic 8 ball says no.
7. Are Jimmie and Jeff about to get it together again?
Short answer is YES. They will be bringing “it” to Charlotte. HMS is having a bad luck streak. It will end and soon.
8. Who will win the All-Star race?
My money’s on Tony Stewart of course. However, if it isn’t Tony? It will be Jeff Gordon. That’s my prediction and I am sticking to it. Of course you should know my predictions are based soley on gut feeling…which is why my fantasy team sucks on ice. It is also why I lose the football pool ever year.
(by the way…these opinions? They are mine.)
**This visceral reaction, of course, has nothing to do with the fact that Tony Stewart is just a few years older than me…nothing I tell you.