Race Fans ~ Start Your Predictions
It’s Daytona Week which means the 2019 season is finally here.
New cars. New drivers. New Teams. New Sponsors. New Rules. New Leadership. New Hope.
After this race it will be out with restrictor plates and in with the tapered spacers, so even the air intake will be different in 2019. Heck, even the Race Director is going to change.
We have the qualifications and the Crash, I mean Clash behind us so we’ve had a look at what’s in store. Now comes the fun part. It’s time now for 2019 answers to the questions beyond the burning question of “Who will win the 2019 Daytona 500?”
Will the Mustang have more success than the Camaro did last year or will Ford drivers struggle? If what we’ve seen is any indication, they’re going to do all right.
Which driver will be the points leader at the end of this “regular season?” Kevin Harvick would be my pick.
Who will be crowned 2019 Cup Champ? Can Logano repeat? Will Johnson win his eighth? Will we get a new champ? Logano looks strong as does Johnson but I think we’ll see a new face this year.
Who will be the first to have a win taken away by the new DQ rules? NOTE-NASCAR is missing out not getting Dairy Queen involved as the “Official Post-Race Inspection Sponsor” I give the nod to Kevin Harvick only because William Byron has to win first to have something that Chad did get him disqualified.
Who will get a points paying win first - Jimmie Johnson or Chad Knaus? I’ll go with Jimmie.
Winless driver from last season who gets in Victory Lane first-Jimmie Johnson or Denny Hamlin? Again, I’ll go with Jimmie.
First driver to win for each make?
Driver with most race wins this season? Kyle Busch
Which Driver gets their first ever win first? William Byron
Car make with most wins? Ford by a nose
Will NASCAR be sold? Not this year...
The great thing is we have 36 races ahead to get the answers to those questions.
What do you think? Put your predictions in the comments below and we’ll have some fun and come back after Homestead and see who got the closest. It’ll be fun.
Predictions are fun. It’s an opportunity to take a chance... another chance to compete. Like most things, a chance to be bold or measured. Be serious or silly. Doesn’t cost a thing but a few minutes and some key strokes. So have some fun, take a few minutes and let us know your predictions for 2019. If we missed a question, be sure to include it. It’ll be fun.
Then there is one final question-the most important one this 36 race season will answer. Think about this one long and hard before you answer this one.
Will NASCAR find their way?
Earlier this month, NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated that “We probably lost our way.” In light of all the removed bleachers, empty seats, anemic car counts, exiting sponsors, gliding-like-a-rock TV viewership numbers can best be summed up in one response - “Ya reckon?!?!?”
As I read Mr. Phelps’ remarks I couldn’t help but think of the story about that wise old sports sage Yogi Berra. As the story goes, “Once Yogi was driving to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York with some other players. After passing the same landmark three times a fellow player named Joe Garagiola said ‘Yogi, you’re lost’ and he replied: ‘Yeah, I know it. But we’re making good time, ain’t we?’”
We’ve made incredible time over the last dozen years or so.
2019 is full of changes which have been discussed by numerous writers so far, including our own PattyKay Lilley. Will those be enough?
So what do you think? Will NASCAR find its way?
We’ll know for sure in 36 races. We’ll get an indication this Sunday.
Race Fans... Start Your Predictions.