I know I am. For many NASCAR fans, including myself, that anticipation leading up to the Daytona 500 is almost palpable. The fact that it's finally February makes a tingle go up my leg. Hey, Chris Matthews has President Obama, I have NASCAR!
I'm anxious to see how the new rules for the plate tracks (Daytona and Talladega) are going to play out in the actual races. I'm really hoping to see a break from the tandem drafting we saw last year. Some drivers liked it, some didn't. Some fans liked it, some didn't. I didn't.
My biggest problem with tandem drafting was the total dependence of a team mate or drafting partner. A driver could do virtually nothing on his own. If the guy he was drafting with couldn't run well, neither would he. He either had to find a new drafting partner, or drop out of contention. To me, that's not racing.
After Daytona, I still miss the show going to Rockingham, but I guess that's what's called progress. Either way, I'm just ready for all the excitement that Speed Weeks brings, because it signals something meaningful to look forward to every weekend!
Let's light this firecracker!