Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A Salute to the Busch Series

Ok, so I'm searching for a relevant image to place on this post and this is what I came up with. Not exactly what I was looking for, but it jumped out at me. Maybe because it's a very good likeness of Stewart or maybe because I own the previous versions of the game or it could be the thing I've been thinking about...2008. Yes, 2008. Bring it on!! Not that I'm trying to speed up the time because it goes fast enough as it is. I've recently received AARP junk mail with solicitations to get me to sign up and all the good reasons why I should do so. Like I really need that!! I don't ever consider myself anywhere near AARP status... whoever told these people to scare the begeezus out of unsuspecting "young" 50 year old males? Okay, I've gotten off on a tangent and the subject, although relevant to "time" but not necessarily old age.

I decided to change the logos on my sidebar today. Why today? I really don't have a single answer for that. We still have a solid 8 weeks left in '07, and this year has been good to me in many ways. One reason is, the '07 NASCAR season has been one of the craziest ever with more changes than the weather is here in the Northeast. Then I read stuff about how NASCAR has lame ideas to change the Nationwide series.. [that's the only logo I could find]... I agree that something needs to be done, but it's not even the Nationwide Series yet and they're calling it that by name. The Busch Series was founded in 1982, but it goes back to the days of the old Sportsman series of the 1950's. It wasn't until 1989, that NASCAR changed the rules requiring cars to use current body styles, similar to the Winston Cup cars. Now they have ideas of changing the cars to Pony's with a COT format. I just feel that the Busch league needs a proper salute and a farewell. It's been around for a long time and has given new, young and talented [sometimes not so talented] driver's a place to learn and possibly make the big league. It's also provided us diehard racefan's another venue and has made a ton of money for the France family and Bruton Smith. What they need to do is make things easier for the single "Minor" league only car owners. They talk about changing the point system so Minor league regulars can win the championship's, but then if they move forward with drastic car changes half, or more, of these teams won't have a prayer with the amount of money it'll take and these changes are said to come as early as '09. It's all good in theory, but where is the logic or MONEY?
They could always try this.

Goodbye old friend. It's been a pleasurable journey. I just hope your Successor brings about the positive change you so deserve.


Anonymous said...

couldn't agree more with your comments on the Nationwide series...embrace the AARP with that card you get discounts:):):)

vroom said...

I got my first AARP junk mail recently...it scared the Tony Stewart out of me!!!

RevJim said...

It scares the Paul Menard out of me every time I get AARP mail, and I've been getting it for four years, now. It just goes in file 13.
I never thought of the Busch series as the minor league. The minor league is the Grand National and Elite divisions, along with Pro Cup and ARCA. Busch/Nationwide isn't for beginners. Lee Petty, Ralph Earnhardt, and Ned Jarrett all raced regularly in that series when it was called the Sportsman Series, so I wouldn't tell any of them it was the "minor leagues."
NASCAR has said that the 2008 schedule is set, and that there will be no changes, so there should be no problem seeing both races at NHMS next year.

Racefan57 said...

I agree with you Jim.. the Busch/Nationwide series is not the Minors, that was just my way of writing to distiguish the Busch Series from the Nationwide Series as a generalized manner of respect to the Busch Series.

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