Finally it’s quiet.
As everyone begins to call it a year and celebrate the holidays, the NASCAR news has slowed to a trickle. Here’s a breakdown as the 2015 Sprint Cup season slows to a halt in this week’s NASCAR recap.
Win: Roush Fenway Racing
Brian Pattie will serve as Greg Biffle’s crew chief in 2016. I always thought Pattie was underrated. He helped transition Dario Franchitti and Juan Montoya into NASCAR and got Clint Bowyer into the Chase during the last rodeo for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Bob Osborne is still in the fold working with Trevor Bayne. Nick Sandler will work again with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. again. For a team that finally started to get some traction at the end of the 2015 Sprint Cup season, it seems like the infrastructure is there to make another move or more in 2016.
By now, you probably saw the news that Judy Allison passed away. It’s easy to talk about toughness in this sport. Losing two sons in accidents and almost losing a husband due to a racing wreck is something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. The toughness displayed is worth a moment of reflection.
It’s also worth noting just how important family is to this sport. Think of all the parents, spouses, siblings and others who give of themselves to help drivers and crew teams support their racing dreams. Maybe there are only 43 teams that suit up on the weekend. There are thousands who helped make that moment possible. They deserve some credit as well this holiday season.
Draw: Kyle Busch
The bad news is Kyle Busch will spend his holiday recovering from surgery. Busch had the rods, screws and plates removed from his injured leg after that nasty wreck in Daytona last year. Doctors said the surgery was routine, but there’s nothing routine about surgery when it happens to you.
The good news is those same doctors believe Busch will be 100 percent ready to defend his Sprint Cup title at Daytona in February. As crazy as Busch’s year was (breaking his leg, becoming a parent, winning the title) Busch might deserve R&R more than any other driver on tour.
Enjoy the quiet; Daytona will be here before you know it. Have fun with your family and insert a random catchphrase here.