This has been a tough year to be a NASCAR fan. Five of the first seven Cup weekends have had weather issues at least one of the days. The 2014 season has turned into the NASCAR Drought Relief Tour. Or, as our friend Jim Utter opined, the NASCAR green initiative is apparently about growing grass.

Rain delays aren't fun for anyone: teams, officials, media or fans. But, let's be honest, of that group, the only ones not being paid to stick around an extra day are the fans. At Texas, I was really impressed with the crowd that stuck around for Monday's race. And, it was a Monday that was not a holiday. In fact, it appeared to me, that the Monday crowd was bigger than the crowd they had Friday night for the Nationwide race.

NASCAR fans tend to travel from longer distances to get to the events than in any other sport. That makes the weather delays (and the go home or stay decisions) even more challenging for fans. So, after late Sunday nights at Daytona and Bristol, and a Monday show at Texas, let's all do a little anti-rain dance, give the fans a laurel and hardy handshake, and see if we can get a few weeks to go off as scheduled.