NASCAR's numbers connection and more in the mailbag
So much for
Lucky for me, bad fortunetelling in 2010 hasn't stopped the mail from flowing in. Nice batch of questions this week! As always, the mailbag link above or
It's a notable difference, Barry, but it's all in what you see -- literally. If you're watching Formula 1 or Indy cars, it's much harder to see the number, which is often pasted up near the front wing. Seriously, who remembers
Stock cars are bulkier and the numbers are easily visible. When seen from the side, the number is the first thing you notice, and that makes it easy to push a driver/number association. Any casual fan can associate
It all depends on how Kurt and new crew chief
While some might scratch their heads (why wouldn't Kyle give some pointers?), I view his silence as a good thing. When two people get divorced, how often do they have good things to say about each other right off the bat? Kurt seems to be focused on what Addington did for his brother rather than what he didn't do -- and 12 wins and a "regular season" points title in just 69 starts together is a pretty nice mark on the resume. Addington knows how to deal with the Busch temper. While Kurt's older than his brother and projects a better public image in private, I've been told by several sources that he's still as high-maintenance as he was during his tenure with Roush.
The key for Penske is Addington adjusting to their engineering-heavy mold. Add the Hendrick mindset of the organization's newest driver,
As for Kyle, with a long-term deal in place the same issues remain: he's still overwhelmed by running his new Truck team and has to be a bit more mature as he adjusts to Addington's departure. I'll say each Busch will win multiple races in '10 (I see both with at least three apiece), but to contend for the championship amidst all the adjustments is too much of a stretch.
I never said JJ and Knaus weren't the best team in racing. I just pointed out reasons why they don't have a rabid fan base. Knaus has a long list of toeing-the-line violations that got him suspended. It's one thing to toy with that gray area, another to get caught repeatedly. So while I'm in the camp that still gives Knaus 110 percent of the credit, there are plenty of people out there who never will.
As for Johnson, four titles haven't changed the cardboard personality he turns on in public. By all accounts, that's not the real him, which is why it's exciting to have HBO's
Okay, so maybe I made this last question up. But it's important to note how much we've learned already: a long-term extension for Busch; Cup Series Director
I think the biggest story to watch is
You're likely to see the same scenario play out here. But while Harvick may be in a perfect position to move from Childress to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2011, it's Kahne who could prove to be the biggest wild card in Silly Season 2010. Claiming he has an offer to return to
It's a story to watch, especially if RPM-Yates struggles mightily out of the gate.
"Quote of week for me: 'lifes hard....get a helmet!' courtesy of one of A.J.'s best friends dave! Lol. Love it cause it's true."