There was an article brought to the attention of a lot of the top NASCAR writers who are extremely passionate about our sport. This article was written by a foul mouthed male who apparently had nothing to do but scream his opinion in an article laced with profanity from start to finish. If you all don't mind I'm going to refute every one of his points and this may shock him...but I won't be using any profanity.
Firstly, I don't understand why he chose to bring politics into his argument because just because a lot of NASCAR fans might be conservative enough not to vote for a bozo like Obama, doesn't make us terrible people. As far as it being the most boring, pointless, needless etc waste of time since the Titanic sequel, well I say you're misinformed. Just because YOU don't like NASCAR Miguel doesn't mean that the close to 100,000,000 people that follow the sport every week hate it.
My biggest problem with your temper tantrum is that you say NASCAR isn't a sport, which is absolutely not true. NASCAR drivers have some of the most grueling off season conditioning programs of any athletes in any major sport, and yes NASCAR is a major sport because it has the largest fan base in the United States and can seat about three times as many people at its "Super Bowl" than the actual Super Bowl does, so yea Miguel you're right NASCAR is pointless and boring and that's why the Daytona 50 draws the best ratings between major sporting events year in and year out.
NASCAR is more of a sport than any of the other 4 major professional sports because these sports all have something called a BENCH during the game. Football players who are involved in every play only are active for less than 10 minutes of the actual game because the other 50 minutes is spent waiting between plays. Baseball you stand around in the field 90% of the time. In the NHL you maxout at maybe 25 minutes of ice time in a 60 minute hockey game and in the NBA even the top players miss 6-8 minutes every game. What happens if a NASCAR driver parks it for 6-8 minutes? He goes about 10 laps down and ruins his entire day, that's what happens.
NASCAR drivers have the most tight knit teams to work with because everything has to work so carefully together or the entire weekend ends in disaster and the driver NEVER gets a break. Now I know you're going to be screaming "WHAT ABOUT CAUTION FLAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Even during cautions the team is talking to the driver about what going on and if the driver "takes a break" he can't give the team proper information not to mention its about 140 degrees in those race cars so it's no picnic to be stuck in there for about four hours every Sunday.
It's an entire team effort to win a race, you're idea to shower the car in milk is just ridiculous. The driver muscles the car to victory lane, but he's able to do that because his team gave him a car that was capable enough to run up front and contend for the win.
Look I'll be the first one to say that NASCAR fans aren't exactly drinking Kool-aid during the races, especially if they're spending the weekend in the infield. But even with the amount of alcohol at a race, they're far more fights in the stands of hockey games than at a NASCAR race. I can't remember ever hearing of a Kevin Harvick fan lighting a car on fire because his driver won the Daytona 500 like crazy hockey fans do when their team wins the Stanley Cup. I know it's exciting and all, but you can call us rednecks all you want to, but compared to NHL fans, you guys are the rednecks and we come off looking great.
We all have our favorite driver but we can co-exist with people who don't like the same driver because we're civil human beings and the NASCAR community is one of the best out there and s much as you like to call us rednecks, it is a pretty safe environment for children to be around. The drivers are friendly, take time for their fans and do tons of work in the community and not to mention that our ATHLETES are far more accessible than athletes from any other sport in the world. NASCAR drivers aren't just athletes, their human beings. You never see Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin sign an autograph while working, but NASCAR drivers will sign hundreds while practicing for the Daytona 500. You probably don't think so Miguel, but that's what the southern folk call Class..something you might want to bring to your next argument.
We're going to keep our AMAZING sport in the North, South, East, and West of this country for a very long time because whether you want to admit it or not its 100 times more popular in the U.S than hockey will ever be and we're die hard fans because even in our economic situation we continue to show up to each race 100,000 at a time if not more to support our favorite driver.
I actually have to thank you Miguel because your arrogant opinion gave me the opportunity to write the feelings of 100,000,000 people into this article and personally thank each and every one of them for helping build the greatest spectator sport to what it is today, and I know each and every one of them will continue to follow the sport just like I will.
Again I don't know what possessed Miguel to write his article but maybe if we all think really hard we could come up with a decent reason.
Not a chance because THIS IS NASCAR: HOW BAD DO YOU GOT IT?
I have it really bad!