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With the crowning of the “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski as the 2012 Sprint Cup champion last night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the official end of the 2012 season was pronounced. I would like to take some time to reflect back upon the 2012 season as seen through this redneck’s eyes.
Back in January I made some pre-season observations that I would like to revisit to see how my predictions fared out.
I first mentioned the new addition of Kasey Kahne to the Hendrick Motorsports stable. My thoughts were that Kahne had upgraded his previous status from the now defunct Red Bull Racing. That was a mild understatement, Kahne ended the season finishing in fifth (5) place after the Homestead race.
My next observation was about A. J. Allmendinger. “The Dinger” moved from Richard Petty Motorsports over to drive the Penske Racing #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. That move was seen as a great move for his semi-stagnant career. However, Allmendinger’s performance was lackluster at best thorough the first half of the season. Then at the July Daytona race, the unthinkable happened to “The Dinger”. NASCAR busted A.J. for violating the substance abuse policy of NASCAR! For that offense, Allmendinger was suspended from NASCAR indefinitely, that was pending his successful graduation from NASCAR’s “road to recovery”.
Fortunately A.J. navigated through the prescribed program, and was re-instated back into the NASCAR fold in late October.
I mentioned that Danica Patrick would be running a full Nationwide schedule and a partial Sprint Cup schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing. Well, folks Ms. Patrick did, in fact, run a full Nationwide and a partial Sprint Cup schedule. It is WOMR’s opinion that Danica Patrick was extremely mediocre in both series, notwithstanding having mega dollars from GoDaddy.com as her financial backer, she will continue to perform in that same mediocre fashion.!
After Kurt Busch’s sudden termination from Penske Racing, and grasping onto a driving job with James Finch’s Phoenix Racing, I mentioned that KuBu’s career had taken a huge downturn. That came to fruition with Kurt having to carry the extremely underfunded team on his back. In doing so, Busch demolished his fair share of race cars, in trying to make that team competitive. Before the fall Talladega race, it was announced that he would be moving over to Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Racing in 2013. That move was accelerated, and Kurt took over the ride after Talladega. The idea was that the team needed to get a head start on the 2013 season. Unless KuBu has a change of personality his career may have only one more chance to succeed. There are rumblings that Richard Childress may be interested in Kurt for 2014!
I also mentioned that Clint Bowyer’s move from Richard Childress Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing was a step backwards for Bowyer. Man was I wrong about that move! Up until Bowyer’s arrival at MWR, that team was at best s second tier organization. However, with the addition of Scott Miller (MWR Director of Competition) and Clint Bowyer from RCR, MWR really began to gel into a winning company.
As the sun set on Homestead Sunday, Bowyer finished the 2012 season in second place in the Sprint Cup standings! Bowyer’s move to MWR was a giant leap forward!
Stay tuned for more of, what surely will be, the continuation of the 2012 silly season’s moves and grooves.
It is now only 97 days 1 hour and 29 minutes til the green flag drops on the 2013 Daytona 500!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!