Just throwing it all in a pot here and mixing it up. Get ready to ride the rollercoaster of what goes through my head while thinking that racing season is still too far away.
. . . I hate name changes and it’s going to be a bad year for name changes. Not only with the new Sprint Cup Series, but there's also the Nationwide Series and then there’s the Camping World East Series. None of them are exactly rolling off the tongue just yet. Give me until at least August before I’m used to them.
Then again, by then, with the way things have gone the last few years, the plans will probably already be in place for more name changes for 2009. And I’m going to say it right now, Camping World East Series? I am so not a fan of that name.
. . . Who knows what’s going on at the Waterford Speedbowl? Not really exactly sure on this end. Are there talks going on concerning a sale of the facility? It definitely looks that way. Will it remain a racing facility? Seems that way. Maybe Phil Smith knows. One thing that’s certain, I know if I was a racer who has spent the winter preparing and investing money into a car for the Bowl, I wouldn’t be thinking the greatest thoughts right now.
. . . So Ted Christopher is heading South for another shot at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Jan 26-27. Christopher will share the Southard Motorsports Daytona Prototype ride with Shane Lewis and Bill Lester. It’s well known around these parts that Christopher has a knack for success in open wheel New England style in Modifieds. Could he be sharing some chats about another form of open wheel racing with another one of his teammates in the Prototype? Word has it that former IRL champion Tony Kanaan could be a late addition to the Southard lineup in the car.
. . . Two things I’ve recently realized that all in the world need to know. Emerald Breakfast Blend Trail Mix absolutely rocks. Don’t even doubt me on this one because if you do you’re so wrong. It’s just heavenly. Finish it off with a Nestle Treasures dark chocolate truffle and you are so good to go. Ah yes, quality nutritional tips from Uncle Shawny. It's not an apple, orange and bag of chips lunch, but really, what is?
. . . So what happens to 17-year old Middletown native and Joe Gibbs Racing developmental driver Joey Logano if NASCAR decides to invoke an age minimum in the Sprint Cup Series? I’d imagine that’s got to be kind of a scary thought for Logano and Joe Gibbs Racing. I know a certain NASCAR official who has already boldly predicted that Logano would be the Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year in 2009. I’d say he wasn’t going out on a limb on that one. Hard to imagine though seeing Logano spend the next 4 seasons in the Nationwide Series. Really, that would be simply ridiculous. A minimum age of 21 in the division would mean Logano could not run a full-time season in Cup until 2012.
. . . NASCAR has hired a new Whelen Modified Tour media coordinator. Maybe that means the division really might be around after 2008.
. . . The last time I had a Starbucks DoubleShot Espresso was Nov. 11 after pulling an all-nighter after a UConn football game at Cincinnati and taking an early morning flight home. Ah yes, the joys of overdosing on caffeine during football season, especially when trying to get to Sunday afternoon races after Saturday football road trips. Oddly, I miss that rush.
. . . Gotta love all the stories about Casey Mears being the forgotten man at Hendrick Motorsports. Really, how must it feel right now to be Mears behind Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and now Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Can you say research and development team?
... The password is: Broomstick.
. . . Ok, tell the truth, you really need that Jeff Malave autograph to finish off your collection of Stafford Motor Speedway’s toughest finds. Well if you’re one of those still searching for that gem or others, you’ll have the chance to have your dreams fulfilled January 26th at TSI Harley-Davidson in Ellington. TSI will host a “Meet the Drivers” event at their store at 398 Somers Road in Ellington. In addition to Malave other drivers expected to attend include Willie Hardie, Michael Bennett, Rick Charette, Todd Owen, Norm Sears, Corey Hutchings, Woody Pitkat, Tom Fearn, Dillon Moltz, Scott Foster, Jr., Sean Foster, and Chris Matthews. Oh and by the way, if you want a free pass into the track all summer then pony up for that hog you’ve been dreaming of. Anybody that purchases a motorcycle that day will receive a complimentary general admission season pass to Stafford for the 2008 season.
. . . New lights will be shining this season at Thompson International Speedway. Props to Don Hoenig and the gang over there, for making the investment in what is a much needed improvement at the old track. One look at any televised night race at Thompson over the last few years has shown that the view on the backstretch has left a lot to be desired.
. . . It's that time of year when I really miss hanging around short tracks 3 days a week. Wait, I take that back, that usually starts round about October. What's going on Walt? Maybe this year I can finally win a Newky. I'm not holding my breath.
. . . Speaking of awards, got word this week that yours truly has been nominated for a Speedy Award at the SpeedwayExpo. I’ve got no hope. The consigliere is on the list too. He is of course still riding the high of recently winning the Maine motorsports writer of the year award. Hmmmm, can you say valedictorian at summer school? Now if he could just keep up with the other blogs up in north country maybe that ribbon he’s so badly in need of would arrive.
Shawn Courchesne, 1:18 p.m.