The Frontstretch: Top Ten Things I Want To Say About The 2008 NASCAR Season by Jeff Meyer -- Wednesday November 19, 2008

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Top Ten Things I Want To Say About The 2008 NASCAR Season

Jeff Meyer · Wednesday November 19, 2008


10. Brian France could disappear off the face of the earth tomorrow and no one would notice. Well OK, we would notice because someone with some competence would be running the show. However, this guy has been here five years now and still, every time he speaks or appears in public, you are left with a profound sense of waste. This guy is not bright enough to tie the laces on his loafers. Oh, that’s right; loafers don’t have laces!

9. The ban on testing will not save the teams one bit of money. As it has been pointed out on this site before, the teams that could afford testing will spend it some other (possibly more expensive) way. The teams that couldn’t afford massive testing, well, they ain’t got the money to save anyway and are only hurt further.

8. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. This is either the start of something better than either had by themselves – OR – a massive train wreck waiting to happen. DEI was a once proud and formidable contender in the Cup garage that has become nothing more than an “also ran.” Chip Ganassi Racing, which never really was anything super special in the Series, also seems to have a super fast revolving door when it comes to personnel. Me, I’m standing aside and betting on the train wreck.

7. Sponsors and NASCAR. If NASCAR truly wanted to help the teams, they would put a “freeze” on any company becoming the “official” anything of NASCAR. They should direct them instead to various teams that need help. Stop stealing the limited dollars that are out there. NASCAR is NOT losing money. They are just not making as big of PROFIT as in the past. They should facilitate the union of struggling teams and companies that want to invest. Brian even has a company to make a profit from that, too … it is called Brand Sense. Look it up.

Four words: Grand Theft Auto Race.

6. Kyle Busch. What a year! All I will say about Kyle is…thank God for Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus!

5. Regan Smith got screwed! I still say Smith was forced below the yellow line by Stewart at Talladega, robbing him of his first victory. If that weren’t enough, Smith was named Rookie of the Year for 2008 and still has no set car to drive in ’09! Here’s hoping his current contract allowed him to keep all the prize monies for the ROTY award so at least he won’t go hungry.

4. My “Best T-shirt I’ve Seen at a Race” award goes out to an unknown fan at the Nationwide race in St. Louis. It simply read – “Kyle Busch Sucks”! This guy got more cheers than Kyle gets boos every time he came back to the stands with a beverage!

3. Jimmie Johnson is no Cale Yarborough. Yes, J.J. and Chad are very good. There is no denying what they have done. However, when a sport has changed the point system as drastically as NASCAR has, it’s like saying the ’07 Patriots were better than the ’72 Dolphins simply because they won more games!

2. Thank you, Dale Jarrett, for being my NASCAR hero for all these years. If you thought Tony Stewart got a bit teary eyed last Sunday, you should have seen me during the spring Bristol race!

1. The best thing about the whole 2008 season? Meeting a very special and beautiful Canadian nurse whose favorite driver is the same as mine! At least that will cut down on future arguments on Sunday afternoon as to whose driver is best! Thank you, NASCAR!

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU must go out to all the faithful readers of the Top Ten! Whether you agreed with my lists this last year or not, you kept on coming back. I hope it has been entertaining. Thank you very much!

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11/19/2008 07:42 AM

Well, you can bash Kyle all you want, but he brings excitement to the party!

Excitement that is sorely need in that joke of an organization called NA$CAR!

Oh, by the way, I see Baskin Robbins now has a Jimmy Johnson line up of ice cream!

They have: THE JIMMY JOHNSON ICE CREAM, plain vanilla!

They have: THE JIMMY JOHNSON MILK SHAKE, plain vanilla!

The have: THE JIMMIE JOHNSON MALTED MILK, yep, plain vanilla!

Gee, how exciting, just how very exciting!

GO KYLE! You got screwed when the points were “re-adjusted”!

11/19/2008 08:16 AM

Ya, the old point system would have given Jeff Gordon 6 titles by now, 6 times most in total points. The old system would have given Shrub the title this year with his overwelming point lead he had. But you still have to admire the compitition now days, it is closer than ever.

Doug Scholl
11/19/2008 09:56 AM

Hey Douglas

For a guy that hates NASCAR and what the writers put on here, you sure do spend alot of time tearing these two things apart.

Great Job Jeff! I’m sure that as the offseason progresses and economy finds a bottom I’m sure come Janurary there will be enough news to start a ten things before speed weeks open.

Glenn Heard
11/19/2008 10:18 AM

I agree with Douglas, above.


(and yes, I have been following Nascar since the ’60’s)

don mei
11/19/2008 10:37 AM

It’s difficult for me to agree with Douglas about anything..:), but seriously, he’s right about Kyle Busch. The kid can drive the wheels off a race car, and lest we forget, that is what its all about. So he’s outspoken; who cares? Think of the good side. Imagine the rash Brian France would have if Kyle won the title!!!

11/19/2008 12:14 PM

MrPriest, you are wrong. The winner would have been Carl Edwards with Shrub finishing in 3rd 250+ points behind.

Kevin in SoCal
11/19/2008 01:02 PM

Douglas, its Jimmie, not Jimmy.

11/19/2008 01:25 PM

REFER TO JAYSKI.COM TO FIND Classic Points positions which will show the final points standings under the old system.

11/19/2008 01:30 PM

The classic system of points would have Carl leading Jimmie by 16 points and Kyle in third, 252 points behind Edwards.

11/19/2008 02:15 PM

The 07 Patriots were better than the 72 Dolphins. Here’s a good question, what do us Jr. fans do if he doesn’t make the Chase next year OR can’t do better than say 5th?? I know I’m starting to get just a tad frustrated.

11/19/2008 03:38 PM

Numbers 1 – 9 should be repeats of #10. Unless the France family stages and intervention and boots Brian very soon, NASCAR’s future will mirror CART’s.

Kevin in SoCal
11/19/2008 04:08 PM

I have an idea for you, Frank. Start rooting for a driver with more talent and the ability to drive for 400-500 miles instead of only 200-300. LOL

11/19/2008 04:19 PM

You are a world class Jerk. Caps intended. KB may not be the smoothest operator, only one of the top 3 drivers.

11/19/2008 09:46 PM

DEI should just do the opposite of the norm. Everyone is looking to sign the next new thing.

Maybe DEI should sign a crew of veterans.

Ricky Craven, Todd Bodine, Kenny Wallace.

What the hell! Right.

11/19/2008 09:53 PM

Hey, did anyone notice that Kyle was very mediocre in the chase even when he didn’t have any problems? For most of the year he was absolutely unbeatable in cup racing then all of a sudden he is back to his old Hendrick self. Wonder if that suspension issue that Nascar had a problem with here while back mentioned on Jayskis had anything to do with it? Like I said, he was very mediocre in the chase and never a contender most weeks so something had to change. Funny, though, never seen much publicized about these suspension issues either by the media or Nascar. Guess Nascar was kinda embarrassed that they had been taken for so long this season. Another thing, didn’t see many announcers, commentators, writers questioning how all of a sudden Kyle was not running like he had all year. Some things just make you go hummm!

thomas dalfonzo
11/21/2008 09:12 PM

NASCAR 2008. Thank god it is over. Here are my takes on the year that was:

It should’ve been the Kyle & Carl Show going into the finale. Kyle Busch’s car was tampered by Brian France himself because Kyle was beating Brian’s golden boy, Jimmie Johnson.

Carl Edwards should be the 2008 champion. He won more races than anyone.

I hate Jimmie Johnson so much!!! I hate Brian France to the fullest!!!!!!

DEI died the day than Dale Jr. left. Actually, DEI died the day that Dale Earnhardt did.

Dale Jr. needs to take his daddy’s play book and read it start to finish. If Dale Earnhardt Jr. would drive more like his old man, he would win races and championships.

NASCAR dictates who wins races (Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon) and who doesn’t (Regan Smith and every other driver who has raced in NASCAR).

Kick Brian France out of NASCAR already and hand the controls to me. Oh, and kick Jimmie Johnson out of NASCAR as well.

I close with this question. Which sounds worse: Brian France’s Dysfunctional NASCAR Series, or the deaths of NASCAR and the American auto industry?


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