Another NASCAR season is officially over, and now is the time as for us fans to make our own pit stops, and begin to search for the many golden nuggets that the drivers have left behind.
Storing up our own private treasures gives us the chance to cherish the memories in our own hearts and minds, since each one of us had a different agenda coming into the 2009 season.
Each season we put some very high expectations on our drivers, and as we witnessed some were met with flying colors and far exceeded what we ever thought was imaginable, and of course there were those that fell short according to the standards that we set before the season started.
When the decision was made to follow the driver that we felt would have a successful season, we chose to stick by him just like in marriage, for better or for worse.
NASCAR is a very high energy game of cat and mouse, which has more ups and downs than our modern day stock market today.
We have all experienced the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, and most of all the thrill of victory, along with the agony of defeat.
In defeat came the growing pains, the pains of watching your favorite driver give it his all, only to fall short.
In victory came the bragging rights, and you were able to hold your head up high, and let the rest of the NASCAR world know that your driver was the best out there for that week.
So as the 2009 season is already in the books, it's time to look ahead and get ready for the same emotional rollercoaster ride that it has been for the past 60 years.
Now is the time to take our memories and head to the basement to rejuvenate before heading into Daytona after the New Year in February, as we gas up and get four fresh tires so that we too are ready to run the race.
Take the time to cherish those special moments that you and your driver shared for the past 36 weeks, and relive each one them in the confines of your own mind, because they are yours, and no one else’s.