The Frontstretch: What We May Never See in NASCAR by Brandon Daun -- Wednesday July 6, 2005

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What We May Never See in NASCAR

Brandon Daun · Wednesday July 6, 2005


We’ve seen a lot of surprises in NASCAR’s storied past. Every week, something will happen at the racetrack that will leave fans and the media something to talk about all week long. Often times, thousands of fans will continue to hope for an occurrence just to be disappointed again and again. For example, for countless weeks and through several second-place finishes, fans kept wishing for Kasey Kahne’s first win, only to have to wait a year and a half after his Nextel Cup debut to witness the feat. But let’s face it, there are just some things in NASCAR that we will likely never see.

Something we will never see is a Ken Schrader “retirement tour.” This guy loves to race, and his life revolves around four spinning wheels. He is one of the oldest full-time drivers on the circuit, and shows no signs of slowing down. When Schrader feels his time behind the wheel has come to an end, it seems that he won’t want to keep reminding himself with a retirement campaign. Even if he does end his Nextel Cup career, he will surely race in the Busch or Truck series for several more seasons, and continue to make appearances at local speedways throughout the country.

I strongly believe that the M&M’s racing team is incapable of racing a car with a bad looking paint scheme. Even back to the days of the 36 car in the late 1990s, M&M’s racing always seems to have the hottest looking paint schemes on the track. Even after Sadler’s trip through the infield Saturday night, the paint scheme was still the best looking car on the track. The team may not be regular visitors to Victory Lane, but they know how to keep their car looking good all race weekend.

Is Michael Waltrip capable of making a bad commercial for his sponsors? I don’t expect to see Waltrip fail to please his sponsors or his fans any time soon. If anything, the commercials done by Waltrip and Dale Junior provide some relief during race breaks in the action. I don’t think any NASCAR-related commercial can be funnier than seeing the two struggling drivers of DEI try to sell NAPA Auto Parts or Domino’s Pizza.

In regards to the Busch Series, I truly believe that we will never see ppc Racing and the number 10 car return to championship contender status. Everyone remembers the days with Jeff Green and Scott Riggs just a few years ago, when if the 10 car wasn’t running up front, it meant that it wasn’t running at all. Now, the car is sponsorless and Michel Jourdain hasn’t had the stellar rookie season he had hoped for.

These are just some of the things in NASCAR you may never get to see. But it’s that hope against hope that always gets us to keep watching.

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