It seems like only yesterday we were crowning the final champions of the 2011 season, and now we are literally days away from this Saturday night’s kickoff of the 16th season on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

On tap for the season opener will feature the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series and the ultra-competitive Maverik Modifieds. They will be joined by the Super Stocks, Hornets, and the H&R Equipment Figure 8 Trains.

I always look forward to the first event of the season because everyone is on the same field when it comes to points. Of course that all changes as the season continues onward, but it is still interesting to watch a team or two suddenly “figure it out” and become a championship contender.

The one thing I have learned about sports is that when you can put together the right combination, with a little luck your way, you become an instant contender for a possible championship.
And the teams that will put together a true title run are those who have worked vigorously throughout the winter to make that happen. These are the programs that during the week of the season “thrash” on their cars to keep them competitive. The bottom line is, you have to. You have to stay ahead of other teams who also have their eye on the prize.

Remember, guys just don’t take their cars home after a respective night of racing and put a tarp over them and that’s it. You have to work on the car to try and get better week in and week out. Not to mention you have to be willing to try new things on the car to make it better.

So, make your way out this Saturday night to Rocky Mountain Raceways to help kickoff the 2012 season in style.

Russ Sala Jr.

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