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Too Early for Optimism? Looking to '08.

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  NASCAR

Too Early for Optimism? Looking to '08.

Jeremy T. Sellers
Jerm's Joint
November 23, 2007

Maybe I'm sitting down to write this piece a tad too soon. After all, I'm still feeling the stinging stench and disgust from '07, so how could I possibly be looking forward to February? I suppose it would be the same as comparing it to that little league team you played on as a kid. Everytime you lost ANOTHER game, by the next one, you had gained a new sense of hope and momentum that, "We're gonna do it this time". Sometimes that worked, others, met the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result...or is it the same result? Oh well, you get the gist.

Would it be safe to say that everyone involved in NASCAR became weary and put out? I mean some serious ass-dragging? I'm not just discussing teams, owners, crew members, and drivers, but fans, sponsors, networks, and even those who manufacture collectables? The '07 season just seemed tiring. There wasn't that usual momentum after Daytona that seems to surround the sport to get it up and running for another year. (Probably had something to do with the fact they go the a real shit hole of a track like California now) The free-agency game began early, who's in, who's out, what sponsor is going to land where, who's tonguing whose asshole to get ahead, etc. At least to me, it just appeared that everyone was ready to get this season over with before it really got going.

Could it be possible that after this fiasco, coupled with the off-season, that everyone can finally manage to pull their heads out of their dung holes and get back to what they're suppose to do: race? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there is a snow ball's chance in Brian France's kitchen that it can happen. Though I do believe that if the media kept a low profile in these few weeks before the 50th running of The Great American Race, it would assist in building enthusiasm, momentum, and perhaps rebuild some fanships that were left with a terrible taste of NASCAR cock in their mouths by the '07 season. I could be wrong. It sounds crazy, doesn't it? Keep NASCAR out of the lime-light until Speed Weeks...It would help all of us involved in NASCAR to "sleep" it off and be bright eyed, and drunk for opening day.

As disgruntled as I was with the '07 season, I had to dig deep to be able to find it within myself to give NASCAR another chance, let alone, ask you to do the same. However, that's what I'm sitting here doing. Sighing with relief, staying away from SPEED on my cable, and not caring if I see another Budweiser, Miller, or Coor's logo for a while...though I still can't believe that they are going to serve Coor's as the official beer of NASCAR...I'd rather drink Milwaukee's Beast and eat a Crave Case form White Castle. (The end result is the same) Take the same kind of siesta as I, block it from your mind for a while, and recharge your batteries in preparation for '08. Don't wear a driver's shirt, hat, underwear, nothing...go casual, hide the DVR of the '07 season, and drink an imported beer for a change. (Trust me, I run a bar, there are some good ones available!) We'll see you in '08!

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