15 Replies to “Why People Watch NASCAR®”

  1. Meh. That’s about as silly as plastering your party logo on a frisbee — which has been done.

    But here’s the amusing thing:

    Crashes like Carl Edwards’ this weekend are fairly out-of-the-ordinary in NASCAR. They aren’t normally that spectacular.

    Those kinds of crashes are much more routine in open-wheel racing like Indy, F1 or Champ.

    So if people only watch for the crashes, why aren’t more people watching Indy, F1 or Champ?

    Maybe there’s more to this.

  2. It’s slowly becoming more international.

    There are more Canadian, Mexican and European drivers in NASCAR now than ever before, and European speedways have begun to pursue the opportunity to host NASCAR races — although I don’t fully expect NASCAR to bite.

  3. NASCAR is the perfect manifestation of late capitalism. There’s absolutely nothing much to it as a sport, and you get to sit on your arse and consume and pretend you’re having “quality time.” A huge expenditure of resources for absolutely nothing in return.

  4. OK, then, I’ll put it to you this way:

    When some maniacal teenager is able to bring his car to a screeching halt rather than run you ever, tell yourself that NASCAR doesn’t offer anything but meaningless spectacle.

  5. When some maniacal teenager is able to bring his car to a screeching halt rather than run you ever, tell yourself that NASCAR doesn’t offer anything but meaningless spectacle.

    The only time that’s ever come close to happening to me is when the teenager doesn’t yield the right of way or drives right up unto the sidewalk.

    I’ll gladly attribute *that* to NASCAR.

  6. “When some maniacal teenager is able to bring his car to a screeching halt rather than run you ever, tell yourself that NASCAR doesn’t offer anything but meaningless spectacle.”

    I guess they don’t have driving schools in Patrick Ross’ twisted world of Hillbillyism.

  7. Nascar has about 75 million supporters, Roman Catholicism has over 1 billion followers. Math isn’t your strong point Tomm or is it research? :}

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