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Well since it’s officially the off season for us NASCAR fans. What does that mean? It means that on Sunday afternoons we are now left with a gaping hole in our schedules. Before I get into the looking forward to next year part of this post though- I do want to talk about the awards show. I think I might be the only one who liked that they actually shortened the banquet to 90 minutes. Then again it could be because I didn’t have a favorite driver really this season.  I always found the banquet long with all the comedy and music acts and the long speeches. Keep it short, celebrate the championship drivers and the champion and then wind it up with a quick bow. That is my thought.  And I know I have said this before and I will say it again- I LOVE the design of the new Monster Cup Series trophy. LOVE IT.

What I can tell you is that when you don’t have a definite favorite driver, one that you pull for (and have pulled for for years and years) it is a lot easier to not sit there riveted to the television.  I admittedly skipped a few of the races this year when usually I was watching. And there were even a couple that I just watched the last half of the race.  My cheering this year was more about who I didn’t want to win than who I did want to win.  It was a weird place for me to be as a fan. Although I admit wholeheartedly that my little speed loving heart perked up when I heard mention that Tony Stewart might be wanting to drive some Xfinity series races on the road courses next year (I think he wants to run the roval at Charlotte mostly).  So there is that for me.

I am still not that big of a fan of the stage racing. It seems to me that we have reverted back to racing for points only now the points are on steroids because you get more of them throughout specific spots during the race. I thought the whole idea was to move away from points racing?  What I will say about the stage racing is that it DOES make the races more exciting overall because the drivers feel a sense of urgency throughout the race and not just looking at the big picture of the final checkered flag.I am not sure that this necessarily translates to more excitement on TV or in the stands but I guess an argument could be made that it does. (more…)