Will it be Jimmie for six? Or Matt for two? Maybe Kevin gets his first? Let's find out at Homestead
Matt Kenseth is hoping he and his team will do everything they need to do be in the position to win, both the race and the Championship. He's also hoping for a little bad luck for JJ, make no mistakes.
Then there is Kevin. He's in third, and still has a remote chance to win the Championship. This could be the day we really say "where did HE come from?"
Are you following the "not an athlete" business from Donovan McNabb? We all know how our fellow featured writer, Pat, feels about this. In case you missed it, Donovan believes that Jimmie Johnson, or any NASCAR driver, cannot be classified as an athlete. As Darrell Waltrip put it, NASCAR drivers travel the length of a football field every second on the track pulling "G's" a football player can only imagine. No one has ever pulled Jimmie Johnson out of his game because he couldn't complete the 30 second drill. And besides, using McNabb's criteria, is a quarterback really an athlete? All he does is get handed a ball, pass or throw it to someone else, and they do all the work. Kyle Petty's response to that? "BOOM goes the dynamite".
Today we say good-bye to a few drivers. Juan Pablo Montoya will run his final NASCAR race, returning to the Indycar series full time next year. Ken Schrader starts and ends his final race in the Sprint Cup Series. No doubt we will still see Kenny in open wheel cars on the dirt track, but he will finish up a very successful and lengthy career. Mark Martin will also take on a different role in NASCAR, working in an advisory capacity for Stewart Haas Racing in the coming years. Will he ever climb in the car again? Who knows, but if not, it has been a great run. Bobby Labonte will also hang up the shoes, and step out of the car, although if he is anything like his brother, Terry, we could still see him driving a car sometime. And finally, Jeff Burton announce earlier this year that he would step out of the 31 car at Richard Childress Racing a year earlier than planned, in order to allow Ryan Newman to take his seat. No announcement has been made by Burton as to where he will be next year. It is going to be a very emotional day.
And to close today, I send best wishes to Eric McLure and Trevor Bayne. Bayne has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and while he appears to be mostly symptom free at this point, it wil no doubt impact how far he is able to take his racing career. Eric was out of the car yesterday once again, and after he has missed a number of races due to illness this year, it seems there is more going on with this young man than we are aware of. I wish them both well.
We are a short while away from racing, just enough time to make your final picks in the Gamecenter. If you are watching, cheering, jeering or swearing at your TV, join in. In about five hours, we crown our 2013 Sprint Cup Champion.