There are plenty of postseason awards in NASCAR, so I figure why not add my two cents worth. But you know me, I can't just give out the "best driver" or "comeback awards", that is boring. So with out further ado, time to give out the "Backstretchies."
The Gomer Pyle Award "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise"
This has to go to the points champion Brad Keselowski. Sure BK had his break through season in 2011, be honest how many among you had him as the champion. Keselowski was able to stare down a five time champ and takehome his first Sprint Cup. Not bad for a guy who has only been a full time cup driver for three seasons.
The LL Cool J Award "Don't Call it a Comeback"
Sure he's been here for years, but after a then career best points finish of of third in 2007, Clint Bowyer has never really been a threat to win the title. Until this season. The Kansas Native finished second in the points in 2012 and was right in the points race until an unfortunate encounter with Jeff Gordon in Phoenix. Who know that making the move to Michael Waltrip would be a career changer, in a good way.
The Horatio Caine Award "Solving Impossible problems in 60 minutes or less"
Horation Caine, Chad Knaus, MacGyver. They were pretty much one and the same at the Kansas fall race. Jimmie Johnson's race seemed to be through when he hit the was with 131 laps to go. But crew Chief Knaus calmly and methodically repaired the car, not just good enough to ride around and collect points, but good enough to race to a ninth place finish. If there is a way to battle back, the Lowe's team will find it. So when it comes to the 48 team, we won't get fooled again.
The Carly Rae Jepsen Award "Call Me Maybe"
I would really like to see what Trevor Bayne can do in a race car. I mean over an entire schedule, fully funded. The kid has shown he can be a wheelman. But it it is really hard to get into any kind of rhythm when you don't run any kind of regular schedule.
The Godfather Award "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
Joe Gibb Racing land the biggest prize in silly season in Matt Kenseth. I guess there wasn't a huge surprise, JGR was able to snag Kenseth away from an organization where he had spent the last 15 seasons and won a championship. But much like Bowyer, it might be time for a change. Even though he has made the chase all but one year of it's existence, Kenseth hasn't truly competed for the cup, since 2006.
The Network Award "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
I guess you could either give this award to Jeff Gordon or Clint Bowyer, depending on whose side of this feud you come down on. Gordon claims Bowyer had raced him dirty all season and put him in the wall. Bowyer, not going to take being bullied on the track, showed off his best Usain Bolt imitation en route to Gordon's hauler. The two claim to still not be talking in the wake of the incident. But it will be hard for them to carry things into the next season. Not with both bringing championship aspirations as well.
The Jerry Lee Lewis Award "Great Balls of Fire"
Really, you had to see this one coming. Of course that could have also been said in the moments before Juan Pablo Montoya ran into a jet dryer, causing it to explode. It was truly the strangest thing I have seen on a race track. And all joking aside, it is very lucky that no one got seriously hurt.
The I'm Henry the 8th I am Award "Second verse same as the first"
Why is it that Kyle Busch is likely the most talent driver in the garage area, who continues to either miss the chase all together, or fail to compete once he's in it. It's like a broken record. Maybe it's time for him to step up to the digital age. I for one can't put my finger on it, and if Busch had the answers, I'm sure he would be more competitive. Just seems odd.
The Dumb and Dumber Award "So you're saying there's a chance"
This might be the easiest one of the day. I give you AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch. As you may remember, Allemendinger was suspended for part of the season for failing a drug test. Busch, continues to show he hasn't learned a thing after twice now being fired from two of NASCAR's top teams. Despite there less then stellar behavior, both got second and third chances this season.
So there they are, the 2012 "Backstretchies" got any awards you want to give out? Fell free to comment.