NASCAR 2024 Season Begins  

From a NASCAR Fan’s View

You know… I could have easily called this, “An Old Guy Looks At The 2024 NASCAR Season,” but I didn’t. Maybe I’ll wish I did later but I promise… I won’t change it. You see the reason I could is because I’ve been a NASCAR fan since I was very young. I won’t go into how young or how long ago that was but trust me… It WAS a long time ago.

I grew up in Southern Illinois and, as a youngster, we attended the races at our local dirt tracks almost every weekend. Admittedly, it wasn’t a NASCAR track but dirt track racing was very big in our area and people came to race and watch from miles and miles away. Sometimes there was hardly room for the number of cars that showed up to race but, since I was young, I only cared about the racing and the wrecks. It was exciting and my dad and I often talked about building a racecar but just couldn’t afford it. Still, that didn’t keep us from going to the races and it didn’t keep us from dreaming. A lot of people in our hometown built cars and raced and some lived close enough that I could go and look at their cars on my bicycle and dream of the day we might be able to race. Man, those were the days. We did finally get to race after we moved to Florida and, if I do say so myself, we did quire well. (But that’s a story for another day…)

I remember there were two races that were always important to us and we kept up with them by reading about them in the newspaper and magazines and then, finally, on TV. Those two races were the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. For me, stock car racing and the Daytona 500 was what I was most interested in. I remember a lot of the old names many of you have probably never heard of and NASCAR racing has changed a lot over the years but, the Daytona 500 has just gotten bigger and better and something I have stayed interested in since I was around five or so. As I grew older, I always looked forward to February and the big race in Daytona.

I have to admit that I’ve always felt, since The Clash moved to California, it just isn’t the same. I really think it is much more for the drivers than it is for the fans and they are the ones that enjoy it the most. I think the first time it was a novelty and the fans were really into it for the racing but probably more for the performances by the musicians. I may be wrong, and I am sure there are those that will disagree with me but, I have honestly seen more exciting racing at a local track on a Saturday night. It’s just that the names weren’t as well known. (Like I said, I am sure the drivers love it but, as a fan, I don’t and didn’t find it all that great. Don’t get me wrong. It was okay but I just can’t get into it all that much.) Maybe the track itself is just too small for what they race with or maybe the format is wrong. I don’t know why I react to it the way I do, I just know I don’t get all that thrilled about it. Could be it is time to try another venue, at least for me.

So, The Clash is behind us and the weather made things a bit different than the intended plan. The Super Bowl has also come and gone. Now, it is time for the Duels and then the “Big One.” I realize that could be taken more than one way. It could be talking about the Daytona 500 or it could be talking about “The Big One” as in the big wrecks that always seem to show up during races at the Super Speedways and at Daytona in particular.

I do find it interesting when talking about the Daytona 500 how people often seem to mention the fact that NASCAR Cup racing starts off with its biggest race and then follows it up with a season long pursuit for the playoffs and a Championship. It is true. Daytona is one of the most treasured races for a driver to win and it is one that is a game changer for those that have never won it.

The Duels tonight will be the first to show what the changes to the Ford and Toyota bodies have accomplished. Will those changes put the Chevys in a challenge to keep up or will they equalize the three manufacturers even more and make the racing even closer?

To tell the truth, I have no idea what those changes will make. It could be for the better for the Fords and the Toyotas and put the Chevys in catch up mode. Hopefully, and I don’t say this lightly, the changes will make things better for all three and that my friends is what the real story is all about.

All I can say is, the Duels are just the beginning and the real story will be revealed this coming weekend when the NASCAR Cup teams take on the 2024 Daytona 500.

Honestly, I can’t wait for things to really get going whether it rains and delays the big day or not…

Hey, this is Russ and that’s my view… See ya next time…
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