Obviously, a 36 race schedule is a lot for a driver to put his mind to. They spend every Sunday from February to November going 300, 400 and 500 miles competing for trophy. When the season ends, we fans thrive for more NASCAR. Insane isn't it? We love hearing the random outbursts of new stories that fill the silly season part of it with twists and turns of who is quitting, who is going to another team and oh you can't countdown unless you're traveling the circuit every week.
I like counting down right after the off season starts. Two and a half months of a long and cold dry Winter with a shorter day? Of course until then I have plenty of YouTube of old races I can watch, news articles out the wazoo, Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channel 90 gets stale really quick. No, I'm still not allowed to countdown. Although, why do I? Is it because I'm that compulsive, weird, Insane?
Denny Hamlin a couple of weeks ago tweeted "Unless you travel every week on the @NASCAR schedule, you are not allowed to countdown the days until @DISupdates." That's a word for word tweet that he sent out. My first thought was "Whoa, Denny I respect the time you put in in one season where you need the time off, but I'm not one of those fans that would tell a driver he should drive all year round. Which brings me to my next point. There are two types of people he is pointing out. The first, fans who countdown for the love of their sport and two, the fans who think because drivers make millions of dollars they should compete every couple of days. Now I'm not pointing out the second crowd or the first.
Denny Hamlin is more than entitled to his opinion whether on Twitter or other social media, but when you tweet saying you cannot countdown to the 500 unless you travel and then he won't at least see why people are upset by his words. It's because he is putting down the fan base a whole when in fact most of true fans respect what he is saying, but the reason we countdown in the off season is because we just love our sport way beyond what a sane person does.
That's why I don't have to watch Denny Hamlin as my favorite on Sunday. Being a longtime fan of the sport and an investor, I really feel I should be allowed to invest it as I please.
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