As soon as Jimmie Johnson Hoisted the trophy, Nascar media people got busy. Busy doing what? Well, for the most part they were busy trying to convince bored fans that Jimmie Johnson is the guy they need to love. It was bordering on a propaganda campaign.
Look, nobody doubts Johnson's greatness but, people want drama. People want to be inspired. Otherwise race-teams would build robots to drive perfectly and never make mistakes. I'm not saying that Jimmie is like a robot (not entirely) but, he's pretty boooring.
The feeling among Nascar fans lately is very apathetic and bored it seems. Bored with four-time champion Jimmie Johnson and his Vanilla personality. Ironically, this may benefit black-hat driver Kyle Busch the most.
Why? You may ask. Because, Bad-boy Busch may be the best hope of knocking the champion off. He also may be the Elixir to the squeaky-clean Johnson. If you ask most Nascar fans why the ratings are falling you are likely to get many variations that say almost the same thing.
What they are saying is, Nascar is just too Vanilla right now. So I think that Kyle Busch would win thousands of new fans if he could find a way to defeat Jimmie and "Cheatin" Chad Knaus.
Busch definitely has the talent to take the championship. But will he have the emotional stability to overcome the tough times? I think he will. I think he learned his lesson last year when he didn't make the chase. largely because he was losing his cool on the track.
The talented young driver already showed signs of maturity as the season came to an end in 2009. He showed uncharacteristic restraint when taken out by Chase Austin at Bristol back in August. He also started to make himself more available to the media after losses.
Naturally there are some hard-core haters that will never forgive Busch for his cruel and insensitive remarks about the popular Dale Jr. But hopefully, Jr will be running alot better in 2010. If he does run better, it would mean a very exciting rivalry for Nascar and its fans.
Nothing would be more exciting then watching Jr and Busch bumping and banging to the finish line week after week. This isn't as far-fetched as you think since car owner Rick Hendrick has promised to put all of his energy into getting Dale Jr back on track in 2010.
Of-course the dream scenario for Nascar and its fans would be for the 88 team to dethrone his less then exciting Team-mate for the championship. As long as somebody takes the 48 team out I will be happy....
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