Last week I wrote a post about the get together between Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth at Kansas. This week at Talladega things heated up between the two of them again when Matt felt Joey pulled in front of him and brake checked him. Matt, on his in car radio, said “Tell the 22 I’m gonna knock him out after the race. Tell him to hide behind his daddy.”
Joey is getting to them. He is good, very good having now won three in a row and six overall in 2015. He is a good driver in good equipment and I believe the other drivers, both those still in the chase and out, believe he will win the Championship. Joey has come in to his own and I believe this signals a changing of the guard in NASCAR. A change that may have started when his teammate Brad Keselowski, at the age of 28, won the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship. The change was made even more clear when Jeff Gordon announced his retirement last year and Tony Stewart did the same this.
You have heard the expression, “Father Time is Undefeated. I believe this is true in all sports and all occupations to some extent. Sure in NASCAR an athlete has a little longer career than athletes in other sports and can even remain competitive into their 40’s but still they begin to slip.
The driver who I believe may be the best that NASCAR has ever seen, Jimmie Johnson, is now 40 and while I would like to see him win another Championship or two time is running out on that possibility. Also over 40 are Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, and Dale Jr. Drivers like Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Carl Edwards are staring the age in the face with Harvick being 39.
It is the natural way of things. These were the young drivers just a moment ago or at least it seems like it. We don’t want to see them go or their skills decline but we have little choice. Jimmie, Jeff, Kurt, and Matt have won Cup Championships the others have had great careers with many wins, made millions of dollars and live the kind of life most can only dream of but they will need to make way.
Joey, Kyle (yes still only 30), Kyle Larson, Chase Elliot, Ryan Blaney, and Eric Jones will be taking their place soon. They are young and hungry and young and young. They don’t have that thought in the back of their minds that maybe it would be better to be at home or at the beach with their family right now. The only thing that is on their mind is winning.
So I can see why Matt is upset, he still wants to win and maybe he sees himself passing him when he sees Joey?
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