2011 was definitely one of the most exciting NASCAR seasons I can remember. The closest championship. Five first time winners. Tons of drama. With four shopping days left until Santa comes, here is a Christmas Wist List for NASCAR and it’s fans.
1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver has great enthusiasm about next season. Steve Letarte will be his crew chief. If he has flawless pit stops from his crew, and if good luck is on his side. I definitely see him winning the championship.
2. Tony Stewart Wins the Daytona 500.
Daytona has always been good to the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. He has three Budweiser Shootout wins and he dominates the NASCAR Nationwide race when he straps into the car. The 500 is his kryptonite. With Steve Addington on the pit box and Greg Zipadelli on as competition director, it’s time for Stewart to cross winning the Daytona 500 off his bucket list.
3. Kyle Busch Learns How To Play Well With Others.
4. No Riding In The Back.
The NASCAR superstars actually race the whole race at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway instead of riding around in the back.
5. Pack To Pack Racing.
No more two car tandem racing. Back to the NASCAR Cup cars racing in big backs at the restrictor plate tracks so more than just the top six cars have a chance to win.
6. The Wood Brothers Race The Whole Season.
It would be great to see Wood Brothers Racing find a way to race the whole season with the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne. They only raced 18 races last season but were only two positions out of the top 35. With Bayne racing a full season, there is no telling how many wins or top fives he could have.
7. No Start and Park.
Start and Park teams are able to get full sponsorship and factory support to actually race.
8. No Rain Delays.
Mother Nature is definitely not a fan of NASCAR it seems. My wish is no races get rain delayed in 2012. Nobody at the track wants to sit around and watch the jet dryers race no do the fans at home watching on TV.
9. No Races Get Rain Out.
Oh Mother Nature, you love to tick NASCAR fans off. In 2012, no races would get rained out and have to run the next day or much later in the day. NASCAR fans have to go to work to pay for the obsession and can’t get back to the track or watch on TV.
10. Better Pit Speed Limits.
Several drivers complained of the pit lane speed limit violations during the 2011 season. Jeff Gordon stated back in late August that drivers game the pit road system that allows for timing between sections of the track to moniter speeds. Perhaps more in-road sensors are needed for that already expensive system.