Picture of the Day February 9, 2009Mt. Mansfield was missing Sunday morning2009 NASCAR PREVIEWPosted for Monday February 9th...................
As we look into the crystal ball, what do we see?
THE TOP STORY OF 2009
The top story of 2009 will be the top story of the off-season: The Economy. There were so many driver changes and mergers that you really do need a scorecard to see who is driving what. And in the process, a lot of people got laid off. The top flight teams should be able to hold their sponsorships for the year. The interesting bit will be the lesser teams, and the drivers. How long can a sponsor continue to put money into a car and driver that continually finishes outside, say, the top 25, or 30? If they aren't in the top 35 in points, then they risk not making the field. There may come a time when some races may not have a full 43 cars. I see this happening with the races out west, not so much in the southeast.
As for the fans, why go and spend a ton of money at the track when you can stay home and watch it for free? Look for some empty seats, or some real bargains to get people in the stands.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
The three contenders that I know of, are Joey Logano, Scott Speed, and Marco Ambrose. Logano seems like the odds on favorite, at 18 years of age, being the new Wonderkid, and inheriting Tony Stewart's #20. I'm not so sure. Scott Speed has been around, a little while anyway, with a not so great F1 career, but having success in the ARCA series last year. I think it might be close.
SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
I think everyone is expecting Tony Stewart to have trouble with his new team. If he can stay consistant, and finish in the top 10 in points, that may be the surprise of the year.
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
Mark Martin running full time in the #5 Hendrick car. After being a part-time player the last couple of years, he could make a run for the title.
Is it possible for Jimmie Johnson to win 4 in a row? You almost hate to bet against him, but..............
If Kyle Busch can repeat the year he had last year, but not fold up when the Chase starts, he might have a chance.
Carl Edwards may have the best chance of upstaging the field. A lot of people can think he will win.
Jeff Gordon, Dale, Jr., Matt Kenseth, are others that if they can be consistant, can make a run for it.
I'm picking Edwards.
Stand on the flag stand, toss a penny into the air as they come down to complete lap 1, and whoever the penny hits, has a chance of winning it. Harvick and Newman were both surprises the last couple of years, so it's anybody's race.Tony Stewart starts his new team off on the right foot with the win.
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