Well, within hours of my writing this, the green flag will fall on the Gatorade Duels, marking the true beginning of the Greatest Race week. We finish with our four remaining NASCAR wishes for 2008. For wishes 10 through 8, see here. For wishes 7 through 5, see here.
Wish #4: Toyota wins. Many will hate that but many, especially in NASCAR, will love it. Why? Because it adds to the fans’ interest in the sport, to the possibility of increasing TV audiences who want to see history made, and simply because NASCAR needs something other than “Dale Jr.” to save its season. If Mikey can pull off something on Sunday, what a turn-around. If hippie-looking Tony wins, he redeems himself for the “fat punch.” Gotta love it!
Wish #3: A New Venue. NASCAR’s efforts the past four to five years shows that it still has intentions of becoming a true national sport, entering all “lucrative” markets. But will a track in Denver be the answer — given the competition with baseball, basketball, and football? Even Seattle doesn’t look promising. So where? Don’t be fooled — NASCAR’s investigating other possibilities. When it didn’t get into New York, it had Seattle and Denver in the wings!
Wish #2: Less boring races. Given last Saturday’s Shoot-out, we may just see more exciting races, even on restrictor-plate tracks. We’ll know much more after today and Sunday, that’s for sure. And, there will probably be far fewer references to the COT — just what NASCAR would like. Suggestion: DW — tone it down; we’re fans. You don’t need to sell us!!!
Wish #1: Danica sees the light. You want new faces, diversity, controversy (see last year’s ending Indy race), and someone who takes away Kasey’s sex appeal. Besides, despite what NASCAR says, it’s still a man’s sport inside the track. If the open-wheelers have the success that some are predicting, and Indy doesn’t hold onto its own drivers, Danica’s move over — especially if she wins an Indy race this year — isn’t certain but can’t be counted out.