I have been as antsy for the 2014 season to start as I can ever remember being. I am sure most Tony Stewart fans know that feeling I am talking about. Hopefully it brings back our beloved driver into the driver’s seat where he belongs, where we love to see him. Since his injury at the beginning of August I know that I personally struggled to maintain much of an interest in the 2013 NASCAR season. It was hard for me to get into it on that personal enjoyment level. Yes my driver’s car was out there being piloted (mostly by Mark Martin – but also by Max Papis and Austin Dillon depending on the race) and yes my driver happens to also be an owner so I had other teams to root for, but it felt much like watching football feels to me. I am vaguely interested in what is happening but not personally vested in it. I miss that feeling.
That said- there is still the unknown for our driver. How will he be able to physically be able to handle the car? The 500 is a long race. He will only have been in the car a bit for the practices and Sprint Unlimited. I know he is chomping at the bit to get into the car and drive and I honestly can not blame him- I WANT him in there too…but part of me worries it is too soon, he’s not healed enough, etc. Because I am a worrier- that is what I do. So this fear of the unknown is knot one.
But now- NASCAR is switching everything up this season. (more…)