What Are Your Thoughts on NASCAR?

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NASCAR 1NASCAR 2The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It may come as a surprise to long time readers, but I actually like this sport. Oh sure, I’ve had a go at America for claiming to have created sports such as baseball, and sure, I often find a way to ridicule their sports, usually by proving they didn’t invent them. But nope, you know what, I’m not going to do that, this time. NASCAR is American and it’s quite good. The raw adrenaline of the thundering cars, the crashes, the spectacle and the fact that the rookie of the year in 1989 was named Dick Trickle. Brilliant…

Stock car racing began during prohibition, when bootleggers ran bootleg whisky. They needed cars. Small and fast so they could evade capture from the fuzz. These cars were modified for better speed and handling, as well as hidden space for the loot. Soon, the drivers came to love the tight and twisty back roads. By the 1940s, these cars were faster, lighter and stronger. And it wasn’t long before the drivers began racing their cherished vehicles.

In 1947, NASCAR was founded by amateur stock car driver and gas station owner William France Senior. In 1949, the first official race was held at North Carolina fairgrounds. Fonty Flock took second. God, I love NASCAR driver names…

NASCAR cars today are meant to resemble the humble American sedan, and they can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, in front of huge crowds. These cars are required to have only three stock parts. The bonnet, the roof and the boot lid are the most commonly chosen. Bit of a cheat, no? Surely ‘stock’ should be something mechanical. I mean, how many types of roof are there?

And NASCAR loves an acronym. They introduced SAFER barriers, or ‘Steel and Foam Energy Reduction’. Sounds like they came up with the word and then what it stood for. Come to think of it, one could say that about ‘NASCAR’, too.

King Dick Petty (giggle) has won more races than any other driver, 200 of them. But how do he and the other drivers go to the bathroom? The races are very, very long, after all. And there are no pit stops. Apparently, some just ‘go’ and cover the puddle up by pouring a strong smelling drink on it like Gatorade. Like, ewww…

Yes, NASCAR is brilliant, energetic and fun. It’s pure Americana. And its history is littered with drivers like Boris Said, Lake Speed and Swede Savage.

What more could you want?

Ciao :)(:

1) The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race held in Daytona Beach, Florida (credit: wmmo.upickem.net)
2) The real reason why men love NASCAR (credit: wallpapersnation.com)

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