What is a number? To Matt Kenseth fans that No.17 is everything. Go to a race and ask members of the Junior Nation all about change. A number in NASCAR is a powerful thing.
Last Friday, when Roush-Fenway Racing put out a press release that the 2012 Daytona 500 Champion would be getting a number change, NASCAR fans all over the country started to freak out. I had people asking me on Twitter and even at church during mass if Jack Roush was really going to change Kenseth’s number 11 races into the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Then there were the people asking me if this was going to be just for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, similar to what Jimmie Johnson did in 2011 with the No. 5.
For the first time in my short writing career, I had no clue what to tell people. I was just as stumped as they were. When members of the NASCAR media asked Kenseth about it on Friday during his media availability at Darlington Raceway, even he was stumped.
On Monday morning, the question was finally answered and if you had Matt Kenseth driving the Fifth-Third No. 17 Ford Fusion, you win! Read the rest of this entry »