Championship formats May 4, 2015 19:34:05 GMT -5
Post by Nathan on May 4, 2015 19:34:05 GMT -5
That changed when the company I worked for moved down south an I got the chance to transfer with it.
My first real experience with racing started when my church started to take the young kids to the spring race down at The Lady in Black for the Busch Series. Took just one time going to a live race an I was hooked, the roar of those engines the smell of fuel and burning rubber,what a rush.
Used to get a lot of slack from some people at church for liking Jeff Gordon (my name is also Jeff)he was one of my favorite drivers.
Now on to your question, "How will Jeff's impending retirement (And JR and Tony)affect Nascar?"
Harking back to the days of the Rainbow Warriors Jeff will sorely be missed. When he came on to the scene he wasn't thought of very highly by some of the veteran drivers or fans for that matter. They all soon found out he had more then just a pretty boy face, man could he drive. He turned NASCAR upside down and quickly earned the respect of the older more established drivers,he didn't back down and wouldn't be intimidated.
Jeff put his stamp on NASCAR like no other driver before him and will be a shoe in for the Hall of Fame.
Tony Stewart's (Smoke) retirement won't affect NASCAR all that much, ever since he's had multiple surgeries to his leg and being involved in the death of that driver Tony hasn't been the same. I'm sure he will be in the Hall of Fame along side Gordon. Sure he could race with the best of them but I think his legacy will be more of a bad boy image then anything else. Tony liked it as long as he was the one dishing it out but always seems to cry when he's on the receiving end of it.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement will have the biggest impact on NASCAR because of the deep rooted history the Earnhardt's have in NASCAR.
I felt bad for Jr when his dad died and thought he should have been the one to take over D.E.I. but in the long run it was the best thing that could have happened and gave him the chance to over come the shadow of his father. I think Jr will drive as long as he has the ambition that drives him and as long as he's having fun doing what he loves doing racin'.
Even though some of my favorite drivers will retire that will not lessen the love I have for the sport. There's some good young drivers and there's some up an coming drivers who have yet to leave their legacy on NASCAR. It will be interesting to watch and see how that all pans out. You've got racing in your blood and your interest will be rekindled when some young driver catches your attention.
Yeah I believe it was Rick Mast that said Jeff Gordon's the reason they all had airplanes, lol. He's the last vestige of The Golden Age, the last reminder of the 90's, and honestly, a big reminder of Dale Earnhardt. I know lots of folks who, for some reason, when they see Jeff Gordon and that 24 Chevy they see Dale Earnhardt racing with him. Tony's will have an impact because he does have a big fanbase, we'll have to see who they latch onto. You're spot on with Jr, what if he and Kelly bring Jr Motorsports up to Cup? But Jeff may have a bigger impact than anyone realizes because he did bring in people who didn't care about racing before. He is still the face of NASCAR outside the confines of the sport, Jr is the face inside, but for non-NASCAR fans, it still appears to be Jeff Gordon. Jr came in and inherited much of his fanbase. Jeff created his, will those fans find someone else? We'll just have to see.
When Jeff retires I guess i'll break out my old Jimmie Johnson gear. I really like Chase Elliott, but just the thought of someone else in the #24 makes me a bit queasy, lol. Kyle Larson is good, and I like Ty Dillon as well, there's alot of good talent down there but nobody has me really excited. I guess i'll have to see how much Jeff Gordon mentors Chase Elliott.