We are counting down the races until Jimmie Johnson's coronation in Miami later this month. We hit Texas this weekend then Phoenix, Miami, and beyond! Settle down Lightyear.
Just three more races until we get that ten week break to forget all that we deem wrong with NASCAR. In three months we'll be jonesing for Speed Weeks in Daytona to begin, and will have forgotten the Chase, the Dega Debacle, and JJ winning another title.
Even though I'm far from a Petty fan, there is something about seeing the Petty Blue colors streaking along the high banks. Those colors bring back great memories from an innocent time when NASCAR seemed so fair and competitive.
RPM's #44, driven by AJ Allmendinger, will sport the legendary sky blue for this season's final three races. The car switches from Dodge to Ford and the rear panels will state...."Ford in Petty Blue". Awesome.
Toyotas R Us
Look for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to switch from Chevrolets to Toyotas once this season ends. They have been using RCR engines, and will switch to JGR supplied Toyota engines next year. EGR wanted more support from Chevy, and they just can't afford to do that at this time. With Toyota bleeding red, and pulling out of Formula One, Chip shouldn't get his hopes up too high about this new marriage.
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
Surely the biggest story at Speed Weeks 2010 will be the stock car debut of the driving debutant, Danica Patrick. Litle Miss Can't be Wrong will be driving a JR Motorsports (HMS) Chevy in the Daytona ARCA race. Then, also in a JRM entry, will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race there on the day before the Daytona 500.
NASCAR will insist that she pass some sort of rookie test to be allowed in the NNS race. Riiiight! Her rookie test will consist of increasing ticket sales and TV ratings. That is if NASCAR has half a brain. And, that is open to debate.
Saving and/or Creating Jobs
The Administration released a report last week on all the jobs that it has supposedly created or saved. While these numbers are speculative at best, outright fabrication at worse, the Obama team reportedly wants to put thousands out of work by forcing Dodge and Chevy to get out of NASCAR.
This would 'save' a $250 million drop in the bucket, while trillions are still being poured out of the other end. Who did not see this coming? Most of NASCAR Nation did not, will not, drink the Kool-Aid so the Administration says, "Screw 'em."