Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Daytona 500

For many, the biggest sports day of the year has come and gone. However for me, it is on Sunday February 26th. That's right follks, the Daytona 500. While I'm a firm believer in the greatness of NASCAR, I have not been a very good apologist for the sport. When people ask me why I like NASCAR, I struggle to give an answer. When something is as great as NASCAR, how can I give a simple response? So for my first post in the Bummer Free Zone, I'm going to give 5 reasons why NASCAR is great (in no particular order).
#1 In NASCAR, you are not just cheering for clothes. In other sports, I have favorite teams, but I really don't know anything about the players on those teams. I just cheer for the team regardless of who plays for the team. It's hard for me to get very excited about that. In NASCAR, you root for an actual person, and because of the high amount of access to the drivers, I know a decent amount about my favorite drivers (Jeff Gordon in the Sprint Cup Series and Morgan Shepherd in the Nationwide Series).
#2 In NASCAR, you get to watch your favorite driver(s) every race. In other sports, there are 30 or so teams in a league. That means almost every game does not involve my favorite team. I can barely stand to watch baseball when my team is playing, there's no way I'm watching teams I care nothing about. In NASCAR, I know Jeff Gordon will be in every single Sprint Cup race. I don't have to wonder if I'll get to see my favorite driver on the weekend, I know I will.
#3 NASCAR begins each race with an invocation. I'm not saying NASCAR is a "Christian sport," but how often do you hear this on t.v.?
#4 NASCAR races almost always have an exciting finish. In other sports, the outcome is often known before the final minutes. In NASCAR, it is impossible to know who will win until the final llap. Even if the leader has a big lead, there could always be a yellow flag that will bring the field together at the end.
#5 NASCAR folks are easy support. Generally speaking, they are more down to earth than people in other sports. You don't hear about NASCAR folks getting arrested for violent crimes. With a few exceptions, you don't really hear anything negative about people in NASCAR. Plus, their commercials are awesome.

-- Chad, The Fellowship of the Octogon

1 comment:


Wow, I found myself agreeing with all of your points. Maybe I'm a closet Nascar fan. NAPA know how commercials might have the catchiest, most intoxicatingly feel-good jingle of all time.

Also, how about that Joe Gibbs bringing down the hammer with force on the nail of truth. BAM!!! I love me some Joe Gibbs.

That's some top shelf posting, Chad. I'm going to go get myself an otter pop. I got a hankering for some Sir Isaac Lime. Can I get you an otter pop or anything while I'm up?