A few weeks back, I was thinking about starting a thread about the overall "like-ability" versus "unlike-ability" of the current top level cup drivers (Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harwick, ?) and decided that the old "It's not you... It's me" probably applies, so I didn't do it. But since Kevvan took the leap above (thanks Kevvan - for what it's worth, I think it's a very interesting thread, so thanks for posting.)
I just never found myself rooting for any of these 4... and I could probably name another 10 or 20 more.
I hate to say it, but I guess I've become a situational fan... meaning when it gets down to the last few laps, I pick a favorite, and hope he wins... You know... something like, I guess I'd rather see Larson win than Joey Lagano... or see even somebody like Aric Amirola win over Kevin Harvick. Not sure why, but at the moment I guess it seems like the right thing to do.
I'm thinking that it's probably nothing that Busch, Logano, Keselowski or Harvick are doing wrong, and that it's just another sign that I am no longer in the sweetspot when it comes to being in the target group of Nascar cup fan. At this point, my being a fan is pretty much just to DVR some of the races, and fast forward through all commercials and most of the race as has already been documented plenty of times in past posts.
I'm not going to buy anyone's shirt... Probably not going through the hassle of attending anymore cup races live..., but honestly, I don't think it has much to do with my lack of interested in the current head of the Nascar cup class.
I think it has more to do with what I used to respect and admire about Grand National Stock Car drivers was I accurately or inaccurately believed that everyone of them knew every nut and bolt on their cars (and if they didn't, then they certainly did at one time when they were working their way up the ranks.) I have a lot of respect for folks that are really great mechanics, who also can drive racecars. I'm sure there are a few, but I can't think of anyone currently at the cup level that I can say that about for sure. I think that is the real reason why I can't seem to find a favorite to root for.
I do find a level of satisfaction when I see Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell because of the tie in with dirt track racing, but I'm still not buying any shirts or tuning in specifically for them the way I might have back in the day for say... David Pearson. It's nobody's fault - I'm just not the target market anymore.
On another note, I do think that Kyle Busch's running of trucks and Xfinity has done major damage to both series. He's smart for running them. I think it keeps him sharp and way far ahead of his competition as far as track knowledge/how to adjust for changing track conditions. But again, the reason I'm not attending Camping World Truck events or Xfinity events, or buying shirts isn't because of Kyle, but he isn't causing me to tune in as much as I might if he wasn't running those series, and I think I'm not alone.
We do live in a society that likes to create heroes, and then sometimes even enjoy seeing them struggle for a time... and then take great enjoyment watching them make a comeback. I think a lot of us did this even with Kyle Busch when he was recovering from his broken legs. I know I was glad to see him return and felt good to see him back as strong as ever. But for me, with Kyle running trucks and Xfinity, he is hurting the ability of the drivers on the front end of that... who many of us will never hear about, and who will never get their moment in the spotlight... who instead of wins, end up with a few 2nd place finishes... which most of the time, won't even get on the radar. Instead of tuning in to see how somebody's career is progressing, folks tune in and get real tired hearing the heads telling us about how thrilled we should all be to be able to watch Kyle Busch rack up more "Nascar" wins.