Never have I been so excited about the Budweiser Shootout. It signals the end of an offseason that has been dragging on and on like the movie version of The Horse Whisperer.

I am so freaking giddy that I get to wake up tomorrow morning and arrange my day around watching NASCAR.

From what I’ve seen of other NASCAR writers it seems like there should be a ton of stuff for me to talk about right now but I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’ve got nothin’. Well, sort of. The only thing I keep wondering about is how it’s gonna be once we get to the second race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

I’m planning on being there to witness it first-hand because I have to know if what Darrell Waltrip said in that wasn’t-meant-to-be-seen-tv-clip will come to pass. Everybody wants to be in the Daytona 500, it is the Daytona 500 afterall, but what happens after that?

If the number of driver headshots are any indication it’s gonna be interesting. The headshots for 2009 were released this week and there’s only 39 photos. Last year there were 52.

What a difference a year (and a crap economy) make. Although, who knows what the year holds for us, a lot can happen and change during the course of the season. I cannot wait to get this thing started.