In 2010, I am thankful for…
Jamie McMurray’s wins in the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, and Charlotte’s 500. In a day and age where The Chase is shoved down our throats this team showed that winning races still means something. The Earnhardt-Ganassi group just happened to pick three of the biggest ones of the year to bag.
A Tight Championship Battle. I am not a fan of The Chase. But taking the system for what it is and accepting that this is how the crown is decided, it did make for an exciting title showdown. Three teams had a legitimate shot at the Cup when Homestead went green.
Jimmie Johnson’s five straight Cups. As I write this today and you read it, Johnson fails to move the needle. Very few racers have embraced the Chase system. But I cannot help but wonder if generations from now, Johnson might be revered instead of criticized? I am thankful I have witnessed five straight. I was not alive when Richard Petty won 27 races in 1967, but I’ll bet it was something to see. Now that is a big part of NASCAR history. In its day, he must have had his detractors too.