An Archived al asifyouknow classic article from the 2008 season. Enjoy.

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJuly 31, 2009

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 10:  A race fan wears a hat made from a case of beer and cans during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Centurion Boats at the Glen at the Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2008 in Watkins Glen, NY.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Let me just tell you ahead of time; this is my lame attempt at a sarcastic and humorous look at NASCAR. Not one of you might find this funny but, well, I'm laughing.

If you're a new NASCAR fan and have been watching the races and learning the rules as you go, you may get certain ideas on the rules of passing. Based on half of the races this year, you may come to the conclusion that passing a race car—either over, under, left side, or right side—is actually against the rules, except when there is a wreck or a pit stop.

A new fan may also get the idea that the tires used on these race cars are discount retreads, much like the ones I buy for 40 bucks for my old junker. After all, they have one thing in common, they explode . That new fan must be wondering, why would they put a discount tire on a six-figure race car? Curious, isn't it?

Kind of like all those drivers and crews who apparently live in the same neighborhood or are somehow all related. The announcers on most NASCAR broadcasts are always talking about how they know a driver's dad, and how his uncle was a good friend, and how he did some dirt track racing back in 1958 with their grandmother. I wonder if the fan feels like they're intruding on a family event.

That rookie fan must also get very confused by the judgments on rules by NASCAR. The rulings usually have more loop holes than credit cards' APR formulas or my mortgage papers.

Last but not least, they must be thinking Dale Jr. is at least 50% owner of NASCAR, since just about 50% or more of the paying fans at the track wear green and go nuts whenever number 88 leads a lap or two.

I'm glad this is my 30th month as a NASCAR fan. It was very confusing at first, but now I get it. It is what it isn't. confused ? Yea,so am I.