1. When you wreck the Most Popular Driver, you get booed and called a “dirty driver.” When the Most Popular Driver wrecks you back two weeks later, he is praised for “standing up for himself.” Do not attempt to make sense of these two statements.
2. Most NASCAR fans are less interested in what happened than who did it.
3. That’s because “fan” is short for “fanatic” and fanatics are generally not the most logical people on the planet.
4. Fans root with their hearts, not their heads. And that is a wonderful thing, even though it makes them a little crazy sometimes.
5. Hang around this sport long enough and you will hear the words, “Red flag! The wall is on fire.”
6. Kevin Harvick is lurking like a vulture on a low branch right now. He’s not the hottest driver in NASCAR, but he might be the hottest driver on Sunday night. And that’s all it takes.
7. Of all the drivers I expected to see shed tears in Victory Lane, Matt Kenseth was ranked 272,603rd. And it was awesome.
8. Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., arrived in NASCAR at the same time. And it is somehow fitting that they appear set to leave together, as well.
9. I hate the fact that Kenseth is effectively being forced out of his ride, in favor of a younger driver. And if I was Joe Gibbs, I would almost certainly make the exact same call.
10. Complaints are a dime a dozen. Solutions are tougher to come by.
11. All you Hendrick-haters, enjoy it while you can. Because Jimmie and Chad aren’t going to take this lying down.
12. Father Time is undefeated.
13. During driver introductions, the best thing to hear is cheering. The worst thing to hear is not booing, however. It is silence.
14. Kenseth telling “Dad Jokes” in the post-race press conference? Pure gold.
15. Those who dislike the “winner take all” championship format at Homestead Miami Speedway are too young to remember when the late Dale Earnhardt showed up at Atlanta Motorsport Speedway for the season finale wearing the champion’s leather jacket he earned two weeks earlier.
16. Or when Jimmie Johnson showed up at Homestead Miami Speedway needing to finish 27th to clinch the title. #Exciting
17. Trevor Bayne hit the wall so hard, it hurt ME.
18. There are two kinds of NASCAR fans; those who say they get charged-up by the wrecks, and liars.
19. Brad Keselowski is playing with house money this weekend at Homestead. And that should worry the competition.
20. Daniel Hemric and Cole Custer raced their asses off Saturday in Phoenix -- with a playoff berth on the line -- and nobody got wrecked. Nicely done, boys.
21. My guy is a saint. Your guy is a jerk. Nothing will ever change those facts, so stop expecting it.
22. This sport needs more guys like Landon Cassill and Matt DiBenedetto. You know… goofy.
23. “What goes around, comes around” is more than just a cliché. It is the truth, especially in a sport as volatile and testosterone-rich as stock car racing.
24. Avoid clichés like the plague.
25. Ryan Blaney is going to be a huge star in this sport.
26. The same goes for Kyle Larson, Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Suarez and a bunch of other kids under the age of 23.
27. In fact, I’m not sure NASCAR has ever been as flush with outstanding young talent as it is today.
28. No offense, but remember when guys like Kevin Conway won Rookie of the Year in the Cup Series just by showing up for some of the races?
29. Austin Cindric is an aggressive, rookie driver whose exuberance and desire to win sometimes put his fellow competitors at risk. This pisses of some of those fellow competitors, who did exactly the same thing when they were rookies.
30. Many of those fellow competitors seem to be harboring grudges against young Mr. Cindric, which is disconcerting for anyone betting on him to win the 2017 Camping World Truck Series championship this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway.
31. Is it just me, or does William Byron have that “All American Boy” thing, down-pat?
32. If Chase Elliott wins the season-finale at Homestead, it’ll be okay with me. The kid’s due.
34. And while we’re at it, Brendan Gaughan parking it in Victory Lane in what is (almost certainly) his final NASCAR start would also be a bit of a heart warmer.
35. JR Motorsports has quietly assembled an Xfinity Series dynasty. Compared to where they were five years ago, three cars in the Championship Four is an amazing achievement.
36. Kyle Busch is getting along with everyone this season, and contending for a championship. Those two statements have something to do with each other.
37. In sports, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you earn. If that were not true, Martin Truex, Jr., would be a MENCS champion by now.
38. And Elliott Sadler would have a half-dozen Xfinity titles on his mantle.
39. You cannot feud with your fellow drivers and win a championship at the same time.
40. Austin Cindric, read No. 39 again.