What changes on the motor speedway races are we to see with the Daytona 500 nearing its arrival, expectations for the new NASCAR season are among all-time peak in terms of the sport and influence. Even without a single drop touching the new Electronic Fuel Injectors being placed in all cars, predictions all across the motor speedway are rampant with high expectations on many sides along the curves and contours of the speedway racing tracks.
Michael WaltripRacing, led by the Martin Truex Jr. has their sights set on some more seriousness. NASCAR veterans Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin also add some promise to new hopes for the team coming off a 16 Top-10 appearance no-victory effort. Kurt Busch is now the shining star for Phoenix Racing, the team flies as he flies. An incredible driver, he’s expected to make some noise come the 2012 season, but should the understaffed effort and Busch’s attitude get to him, it may make for serious trouble.
Let’s talk crew chiefs. Kicked out of Tony Stewart’s championship-winning team, Darian Grubb is hoping he can go the distance and pull off another ridiculous job with the likes of Denny Hamlin. Some are even giving Grubb the advantage of the break-up on the motor speedway. Also with something to prove is Junior. Junior is looking to shake off a 129-race winless streak, dating all the way back to 2008 with his first season under Hendrick Motorsports. However, with new crew chief Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sure to say sayonara to that streak very soon.
But before Junior can break that motor speedway streak, they’re saying Danica Patrick has a greater chance of winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, showing up her Nationwide Series team owner. Aside from stellar sponsor backing, Danica’s performance in the Nationwide Series is actually quite similar to Junior’s numbers from back then, despite Junior’s two Nationwide championships. These factors could hit a breaking point sometime and maybe even make for a most interesting rivalry which can certainly only spark up the interest in the Sprint Cup motor speedway-activities.
And the last but perhaps most impressive is the two young gunners carrying the Penske racing legacy. Brad Keselowski and AJ Allmendinger will now build off the brand legends like Rusty Wallace helped brandish. Also a new face in an old staple is AricAlmirola now rocking the legendary #43 that Richard Petty built off of. 2012 is a time of transition and change. And one we should embrace.