It’s time for one of my favorite Christmas traditions that I have been enjoying long before Jimmie Johnson ever won his first title or NASCAR’s introduction of its Chase. I took on the job of writing a letter to Santa for those that make a living in the Sprint Cup Series so long ago that one of my first requests was for Richard Childress to get a second team so he could compete with what was then the organizations that were beginning to field more than one team.
Of course, I can only ask Santa for a few things, but we all know that it comes down to who has been naughty or nice and that is why I am not even going to bother with asking the big man in red for something for Brad Keselowski. He sealed his own fate, but I do feel the rest of my requests have a great chance of being granted. So after much thought, Santa, please consider the following:
Santa, please bring Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson a win early next season so he can race the rest of the season without the pressure of trying to make the Chase. He is as talented as any rookie in recent years and it would be fun to watch what he could do once he is in the Chase.
Santa, you brought Bristol Motor Speedway what it wanted so bad last year when you gave it a new date for its spring race. The move from March to April will only be made better if you can give it a beautiful three-day weekend that allows the east Tennessee track to showcase NASCAR’s best racing.
Austin Dillon and his grandfather/ owner had high hopes last season when they announced that they would be campaigning the #3 car again for Richard Childress Racing. Dillon struggled and the excitement of the #3’s return never came close to bringing back memories of Earnhardt’s on-track exploits. So, Santa, please bring this team some wins and a Chase run so all of Earnhardt’s fans can smile at the success of the number that is so close to their hearts.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if I weren’t asking you for some more sponsorship dollars for Richard Petty. The King got a win this season and put one of his teams in the Chase and if you would stuff his stocking with plenty of money he should be able to improve on what turned out to be a good year.
Jeff Gordon, by his own admission, isn’t getting any younger and the four-time series champion put together a year that made him a serious threat for the title. Santa, bringing him that fifth title would help him ease into the twilight of his career.
Roush Fenway Racing has struggled in recent seasons and, Santa, this is one organization that needs for one of its drivers to step up and become a leader. Greg Biffle seems to be the logical choice, but he needs you to bring him some more horsepower on race day. His team lacked the speed to run up front last year so a little more power from under his hood would be appreciated.
Chase Elliott is not yet in the Cup Series, but, Santa, you might as well put him on your yearly list because with his talent you should be making a stop at his house for years to come. All he is going to need this year is a few starts in the Sprint Cup Series to begin getting a feel for both the car and the competition that he should be moving up to in 2016.
Santa, you know that I always ask you to take care of all the race fans that have been reading this column over the years. Most of them would love a few race tickets and to see their driver make the Chase, plus you can never go wrong stuffing that stocking with a new hat and t-shirt.
Also, Santa, please bring us all a heart filled with the real reason for this wonderful season. Thanks for reading!