After watching the Auto Zone 500, at California Speedway, I find myself absolutely and positively energized for the rest of the season. There is no Cup race next week, so that energy may turn into anxiety, but for now, The Rev is revved up.
Okay, so my driver finished in absolute last place, due to a blown engine. Smoke is one of those drivers who can make up for a disappointment and make it look like a walk in the park. So I’m not worried about that. Tony “Smoke” Stewart is all smiles about the way his car and his team were working before the engine blew. “We are a lot better off now than we were at this time last year,” he said.
But it isn’t just the #20 Home Depot racing team that has me fired up. Even though the race itself wasn’t all that exciting to the average fan, it showed many exciting things to look forward to for the rest of the season. For example, in the 2004 season, it took Brian Vickers nearly 24 races to realize he wasn’t the only car on the track. Then last year, it seemed that he had to learn the same thing again, but it only took him 18 races to stop running over the cars in front of him. At California. he seemed to have already gotten it, a predicater that this subject of a future “I Really Want to Like” article may come into his destiny this season.
Why am I interested in drivers I don’t care much for? Competition. When the competition is good, the racing is good. When the drivers and teams come to their full potential, the potential for great racing can be realized. It may be too early to tell, but from the looks of things in the California race, it’s going to be a great season.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Posted by RevJim at 16:58