NASCAR fans, I'm really trying to be a cheerleader for the sport I love so much, but it's been challenging.

I've agreed with some of the changes NASCAR has made for this year and have tried to stay focused on the positive.

I've expressed how unhappy I was with the two-by-two racing we saw in Daytona and Talladega. To me that's not racing, it's riding.

Now, I want to point out some of the things surprising me this year.

The season started off with the biggest surprise so far. Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 for the famed #21 Wood Brothers Racing.

That was a nice surprise.

At the end of last season, Richard Petty Motorsports didn't know if it would be around this year.

Thankfully, Mr. Petty was able to secure sponsorship for his drivers, A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose.

Allmendinger is currently 11th in points and I believe it's just a matter of time before he ends up in Victory Lane.

Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon were both able to break winless streaks, but Gordon is back in 17th in points and Kenseth is currently holding on at 10th.

A lot of race fans thought Denny Hamlin would be Jimmie Johnson's biggest competition this year, but he's just 16th in points.

Kyle Busch, one of Hamlin's teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), is making up for Hamlin's bad luck.

Another surprise is JGR teammate Joey Logano, who is off to a rough start in his sophomore year.

I expected more from Joey.

The Fords surely are making a comeback, thanks to the new FR9 engine. Carl Edwards is leading the points in his Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing. That's got to be making the folks in that organization very happy.

And how about Regan Smith finally winning his first Sprint Cup race at Darlington this past weekend? That's great.

Last but not least, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems to be getting back on track. That's great for racing in general and for the Junior Nation fans.

The Sprint Cup guys are in Dover this Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX.