Welcome back, race fans.

I don't know about you, but I'm very ready for the new racing season to get started. NASCAR has made some good rule changes over the winter months that I think are going to be great for this sport.

So, let me get everyone up to speed on what some of those changes are and things to watch for.

Last year, NASCAR told the drivers they couldn't bump-draft in the corners at Daytona and Talladega and that made for some pretty boring racing.

This year, the drivers can bump-draft all the way around the tracks if they want; that's going to create some great racing.

They're also going to a bigger restrictor plate at Daytona and Talladega, so the cars will be faster.

Some time in March, the wing on the back deck lid of the cars will be replaced with the spoiler they used before the Car of Tomorrow (COT) was created.

The modification should help the car handle better for the drivers, again resulting in better racing.

Last season, most of the races didn't start until three or four in the afternoon and TV ratings were way down, so NASCAR has decided to go back to more consistent starting times.

All the daytime races will start at 1 p.m. This should make it better for the fans and the race teams.

Daytona International Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway have both taken out some of their seating because the haven't sold out in a few years, and most of the race tracks have lowered ticket prices. You can now get a seat at Daytona for as little as $55.

Did you hear Carl Edwards, Elliot Sadler and Jimmie Johnson will all become first-time dads this year?

Elliott's wife is due to deliver a son any day now (and may have by the time you read this), and Carl's wife is due with a daughter on the day of the Daytona 500, which is Feb. 14.

Jimmie's wife is due in July.

And Jeff Gordon and his wife recently announced they are expecting their second child.

Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne's contracts with their existing teams are both up at the end of this season.

Early rumors have Harvick moving to Stewart-Haas Racing and Kahne possibly going to Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). Those two story lines could get very interesting, so stand by for more on that.

I hate to say I told you so, but I did.

Danica Patrick has signed up with Junior Motorsports to race a limited schedule for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Nationwide series.

Does anyone think there is a race team that can knock Hendrick Motorsports from the top of the pylon this year?

Stewart-Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, and Penske Racing all believe they can.

We'll see.