Welcome to the newly re-animated LastCowboys.com! Or if you happen to have been a former devotee, then welcome back! It’s been several years now since I last waxed racing, and I’m chomping at the bit to begin shoveling out the news, updates and (as always) opinions once again.
Now that I have all three of you here, I’d like to take this opportunity to make a solemn pledge to all of you diehard NASCAR fans out there. First and foremost, I pledge never to devote any space on this blog to talking about Danica Patrick’s personal life. It has nothing to do with racing. Further, I pledge to keep the filter turned off when it comes to my opinion about the goings on in NASCAR. I don’t get paid to do this, and I harbor no superfan-like feelings for any particular driver. No bias. No slant. And that opinion filter I mentioned? Hell, I lost that thing about 10 years ago. I’m just going to chew it up and spit it back out to you like a momma (er, daddy) bird.
Lots of things have changed out here in the vast cyberscape, and I’m confident that many of them will benefit all of us. For one, we plan to have some extra, fun (and hopefully extra fun without the comma!) stuff on our Facebook page for all of you, so be sure to visit us there at our home away from home. You can also hook up with us via Google+ and at Twitter, where I’ll be both enlightening and offending 140 characters at a time. That’s right, it’s going to be like the Tron version of NASCAR fan blogs….minus those cool motorcycle things and the illuminated spandex outfits. Trust me, you don’t want to see me in spandex, and I sure as hell wouldn’t add lights to it to draw even more attention to myself. After all, I can get that kind of attention with my big mouth, no?
As bandwagon loving as this may sound, I’m stoked for the 2013 Sprint Cup season. We have the new ‘Gen 6’ car, which has thankfully taken us from the Angelina Jolie version to something more along the lines of Sofia Vergara or Jennifer Lawrence. It’s new, has some more personality and way more curves. We’ve got Fords in the Penske stable again, which is interesting not just because of the manufacturer change, but also because their anchor Brad Keselowski just won the 2012 Cup championship in a Dodge. The change, of course, was by necessity, as Dodge decided to put the Cup iteration of the Charger out to pasture. It’s just as well though. Aside from a quick, bright burn from Ray Evernham’s flagship team and the recent success of Penske’s program, Dodge’s return to the sport moved further and further away from the glory of the Richard Petty era and became something more like the hype surrounding the Y2K phenomenon….much ado about nothing.
All of the above (even the new Cup car) is already old news though, and there are many more newsworthy happenings yet to come. Still, any red blooded NASCAR fan will tell you that history is very important, and I can assure you that none of that will be overlooked as you and I give this LastCowboys thing another shot. A NASCAR fan without a sense of history, whether it’s the previous weekend or the previous century, is like a baseball fan with no stats in their melon.
As always, I would love to hear from you out there in the ether. Comments, compliments and opinions are most welcome. Insults not so much, but if it saves you from taking it out on your dog, then please let me be your virtual punching bag. Just don’t physically hit me because I’m not a fighter….and I’m sure I’d bruise like a ripe banana.