Woody: 2010 A Year Full Of Promises
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
In the New Year I promise:
* Never again to say Jimmie Johnson can’t win another championship – as I’ve done the past three years.
* Not to grind my teeth so much every time a driver says “awesome.”
* To stop bashing Kyle Busch – until he bashes another guitar.
* To stop saying “aaaaaaa, how cute!” every time Jeff Gordon holds up his little angel on TV.
* To set my alarm clock at the start of every race to make sure I’m awake at the finish.
* Not to make any more Bubba jokes.
* To give crew chief Chad Knaus more credit, although I still think he’s simply the caddy that hands Jimmie his club. (I had to get one last one in.)
* Not to write a weekly “What’s happened to Dale Jr.” column.
* To write about Dale Jr. getting his mojo back and challenging for a championship.
* To find out what Miss Sprint Cup does for a living besides grin and giggle.
* Not to write more than once a week about Danica Patrick – unless she does something really spectacular like finish in the top 25.
* To do some hard-hitting investigative reporting about the Danica Tattoo Mystery.
* To have lunch with my pal D.W. and try to figure how 40 years vanished into thin air.
* To visit the new NASCAR Hall of Fame and check out all five (count ‘em –five!) inductees.
* To keep up with my old buddy Sterling Marlin, even if he doesn’t race any more.
* To cover the big story when Sterling’s daughter Sutherlin wins her first NASCAR race.
* To stop pining for the Good Old Days of racing and get used to the fact that they’re gone forever.
* To give more credit to Cale Yarborough, who won his three straight championships during an era of much harder racing.
* Not to make fun of Richard Petty’s cowboy hat, even if it appears to be breathing.
* To get out to a track and say “hiddie” to Richard, whom I’ve always admired.
* To write more about what a genuinely nice guy Jeff Burton is.
* To find out what Ward Burton is up to these days.
* Never again to count out Mark Martin.
* To let TV announcers know that they don’t have to spend an hour each broadcast telling us that “track conditions” change when the temperature drops. We get it.
* To send a sympathy card to Larry McReynolds’ grammar teacher.
* To make sure Larry knows I’m kidding – it’s refreshing to see someone on TV who doesn’t put on airs.
* To continue to pester NASCAR about its unfair treatment of Carl Long.
* To persuade NASCAR to bring back Linda Vaughn for one last Victory Lane presentation.
* To cover some races at Bobby Hamilton Jr.’s new track near Nashville.
* To always remember that, as my old sports editor said, it’s only a game.
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