Bandwagons are illus ional mysteries.
There are no definitive pictures, sketches or photos. Anyone can be a part of the bandwagon.
The only requirement is that you must jump on.
During a race weekend the Sprint Cup garage is truly where the action is.
At any given moment you can stop, look around, and be treated to a panorama of today’s NASCAR.
A simple check of visual acuity will tell you who the reigning Sprint Cup Champion is, where each driver stacks up in points, and which drivers carry the burden of go-or-go home.
During speed weeks at Daytona, a trip through the back side of the Sprint Cup garage is where you would find the go-or-go home rides of Derrick Cope, Joe Nemechek, Michael Waltrip, Casey Mears and the car of a young kid named Trevor Bayne.
Bayne made it clear during qualifying that he wasn’t going home. Running a fast lap of 185.445 mph secured the outside of row 1, until Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped him to third.
After finishing 19th because of a last lap crash in his Gatorade Duel, Bayne would settle for a 32nd starting position in the Daytona 500.
By now just about everyone around the world has heard the news about the outcome of the Great American Race.
Winning the Daytona 500 is the difference between I am here and here I am!
Construction of the Trevor Bayne bandwagon began right about the time the checkered flag waved.
It’s quite possible the shape and size was determined by the amount of space occupied by friends, media, sponsors and fans.
Who, or what, drives the bandwagon can also be considered an anomaly. Those entities driving the positive side are almost certainly jockeying for position with those driving the negative side. For Trevor Bayne, both carriages will carry many occupants.
No matter which bandwagon carries the majority, it doesn’t mean it’s the right one for the bandwagon namesake.
In this case, Trevor Bayne, his handlers, or advisors, have many options and many decisions to make in the coming weeks. Those decisions have to be what’s best for him, and may not be what’s popular with the bandwagon construction crew.
Being thrust into a career change because of one successful event can be very costly and damaging, especially if the one being thrust is not ready, or even worse, not capable of handling it.
Previous Daytona 500 winner Derrick Cope, and Sprint Cup single event winner Brad Kezelowski had similar bandwagons constructed for them.
Bandwagons are a dime a dozen, made of opinionated materials and painted with water colors.
Unfortunately, bandwagons also come without warranties.
NASCAR will head out to Phoenix in a few short days. Construction on the next bandwagon begins soon.