Ever been to a NASCAR race? I thought not. Here are my top 10 reasons why NASCAR racing doesn't rock. Read on and learn something.
10.1. The sport is completely personality-driven. Drivers who have never won a race are featured on ESPN. Drivers who almost never win a race but have famous parents are celebrated like rock stars.
10. How many ways can you go in a circle? It's loud, but it's boring. How do you know who's ahead? You can't even see the race from the infield.
9. Technology is 90% of the race. An average driver in the best car has a better shot at winning than the best driver in an average car. The engineers should be paid more than the drivers.
8. The Biggest Race comes first. They call their Daytona 500 the Super Bowl of NASCAR. It's in February. It's the first race of the season.
7. The drivers are high paid pitchmen. How long until they tattoo sponsors' names on their foreheads?
6. It's too easy to get killed. Boxing is dangerous, but driving at 150 mph 6 inches from a bumper is deadly. The list of fatalities is long and depressing. NASCAR racers carry 17 gallons of liquid that is designed to explode. Most of the time it explodes properly in the engine; all too often it explodes in a fireball that endangers participants and spectators.
5. All the cars look the same. Actually, all the cars are the same. NASCAR designed and legislated the COT (Car of Tomorrow), then inflicted it on all racing teams. You can only tell a Toyota from a Ford by the decals.
4. The engines are carburetor-ed. You can buy a Fuel-Injected Anything from every new car dealer in the United States. NASCAR requires mechanical fuel delivery systems.
3. You can't play unless you're a millionaire. Despite efforts to dumb down the technology (carburetors, solid rear axles, etc.) teams spend millions in wind tunnels trying to wring out the last tiny iota of speed. Hopefully no irony gets lost; wildly expensive state-of-the-art development programs producing diminishing returns applied to cave-man cars.
2. They actually reward teams for not racing. In a strategy that would impress the US Department of Agriculture, NASCAR pays racing teams when they qualify for a race, then run one lap and intentionally drop out. Referred to as Start and Park, this strategy allows teams to avoid carrying a pit crew and avoid paying for the expensive sets of tires that wear out during a full race.
1. It's not a sport. Sure, the drivers sweat a lot and get tired during a race, but no one pays to watch me mow the lawn. NASCAR legends Tony Stewart, John Andretti, and Robby Gordon have all driven the Indy 500 race and the Coke 600 NASCAR race in the same day. Even the great Jim Brown never played two NFL games in a single day. A movement among team owners is pushing to shift the start of the Indy 500 to 11AM so more drivers can attempt this tedious double-dip.
0. The drivers are selected based on their draw. Danica Patrick couldn't win in Formula 1 and won't win in NASCAR. She's a girl and was given a car for that reason. She didn't earn her ride.
-1. A number is not an adjective. Saying something such as "The 47 car spun out and mowed the lawn." is a grossly improper use of The Queen's English. Normal people say "Car number 47 spun out and mowed the lawn."
-2. People still take this list seriously. Good grief, it's people driving in circles with other people pretending to watch.
-3. NASCAR rules clearly state that the car qualifies for the starting position, not the driver. Dale Jr. qualified on the pole for the 2011 Daytona 500, then wrecked his car and was bumped to the rear of the pack because he would be driving a different car.
-4. You can't play in the rain. All outdoor sports play in the rain. Football, baseball, cricket, Australian Rules Football, Canadian Football and even soccer all play in the rain. A sprinkle sends the NASCAR drivers scurrying for their designer golf carts to take them to their designer mobile homes.
-5. The season never ends. Yawn. Races are under-attended because the market is saturated.
-6. They throw helmets at each other. When a millionaire pitchman driver finds himself spun-out in the infield, he doffs his decal-laden helmet and hurls it toward another millionaire pitchman driver's car. That's how they fight. I've seen more aggression on a 6th grade playground.
BartenderBob on July 28, 2019:
I used to work in a sports bar. We used to call it: Non Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks. We are truly getting dumber as a people if this is what is considered entertainment. Id also wager heavily that real hardcore nascar fans voted for trump in a heavier percentage as a demographic than other 'sports'. Except maybe that really stupid one where rednecks stick their wiggly appendages into catfish holes.
Riverbum on July 30, 2018:
There are so many things wrong with NASCAR that I don't think they can recover. Races used to be on Sunday now miss races on TV because don't know what date , time and TV channel for the event.ie football is either at 1 or 4 pm on same channel every week. Price of tickets, parking and food too high. Change rules every week. In IndyCar if bump care out of line like Busch does every week, they penalize or black flag. Need to get ride of cookie cutter cars and go back to the 1980's rules. Make a Ford racer from an actual Ford car.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on October 24, 2016:
@Anonymous , removing an appendix is hard, but it's not a sport. Living your dream is also not a sport.
Thanks for stopping by!
Anonymous on October 18, 2016:
To the people who say RACING IN GENERAL, is not a sport, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqVmilOwU4 Believe me, being in an unstable car at the limit of grip on an oval at top speed inches from other cars and the wall is not easy on you, or the car.
Here is what it is like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG9iT0F_x2M
NASCAR attracts people, people attract sponsors, sponsors provide money, money provides competition. competition provides entertainment, entertainment attracts people etc.
Bottom line, it is a method of promoting SYNERGY and its a pretty special way of doing so considering that, unless you work for yourself, all of your places of employment do this to some extent and you have bread on your dinner table. If for nothing else, we're all dead in the end, might as well have some fun! Go racing, its such a thrill. Or just enjoy you're soulless copy/paste lifestyle until you die. Life is so shitty for people less fortunate, that the people who do have a chance to do something to make themselves happy, don't. There are plenty of poverty stricken people who would take your spot and be happy as hell to be there and to do virtually anything for a smile. Rise above and focus on your dream, and don't let your dream leave you on your death bed. To racers, this is their dream.
Poll Voter on September 09, 2016:
Lotta votes in the poll.
"1791 people have voted in this poll."
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on August 10, 2016:
Haven't seen a comment in a while.
Jeff Johnson on March 07, 2016:
It's so stupid that thousands of people have read this article. That's super stupid. NASCAR fans everywhere need to know.
Jobeli on July 05, 2015:
NASCAR is stupid. What useful technology has migrated from NASCAR to normal cars? None! All the cars are the same. What the freakking point? Japanese cars are the same as Fords and Chevys? So the point here is that the cars are only billboards, there is no brand interest/loyalty etc. How can you root for a brand when they are all the same? Seriously it ain't a sport, it is an advertising vehicle. Only idiots believe otherwise.
Heydrich on December 23, 2014:
They took a good thing and destroyed it, Petty in the hemi plymouth, and ford bringing the cammer would have been great to see that face off, but whineing and interference destroyed a great spectator sport, todays nascar is rubbish my as well play slot cars
Calaric on November 04, 2014:
NASCAR is as criminal. If you are a driver, and you fight on the racing premises, you are not arrested-- had you been a fan or spectator, you would be!
If you are a famed driver as Tony Stewart, you commit (enraged-cloaked) murder, NASCAR covers you with a devised smoke screen falsifying that the victim/other driver had been using marijuana.
When drivers have been conflicting, NASCAR refuses the law officers to engage in stepping in. When Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick attacked Brad Kesloski, there stood a NASCAR official in between Gordon's car and Kesloski's. Then the NASCAR official walked away.
Oh well. What the law will not do, and what NASCAR permits and etc. Spiritual retribution will settle it all, and inflict each responsible. And at that beyond human comprehension.
As they say... karma.
John on January 24, 2014:
NASCAR IS THE MOST TOP AND POPULAR GAME IN AMERICA AND ALL OVER THE WORLD ITS MY FAVORITE AND YOU ARE SAYING ITS STUPID BECAUSE YOU ARE AFRIAD TO GET A RIDE OF IT
IsAmsStupid on September 11, 2013:
Danica Patrick was never in F1....
Me on May 05, 2013:
NASCAR sucks now but back in the 60s and 70s it was a real man's sport
wiccawest on March 04, 2013:
Don't forget the phantom cautions to get more popular racers to the front or to gather the field back up.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on February 09, 2013:
Daytona is coming up shortly. Get ready to watch millionaires drive in a circle.
Bender226 on July 16, 2012:
I hate to say it after the kind reply, but my intent was never to defend NASCAR in entirety. I actually liked most of the article, think NASCAR is pretty retarded, and took issue only to the assertion that Motorsport is not sports. I'll try moving on to some of your other articles though since I guess our discussion in this one has concluded. I also do understand formal research (being a physics student), but Wikipedia to me has been an outstanding informal source and a decent hub to look for sources on a particular subject. See you around.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on July 16, 2012:
You probably haven't done any formal research, so I'll help you out: Wikipedia is 'crowdsourced', meaning that anyone can contribute and anyone can edit it. Even you could add your own page asserting that NASCAR is a sport. Sure, there are sometimes sources at the bottom, but there's no mechanism ensuring that the author(s) of the page actually understands the sources or even took the time to read them. Wikis are not exactly 'peer reviewed.' If you want to be a real researcher, you might want to actually click on the source, read the source, and vet the source.
This is way too much work for a NASCAR hub.
Bender226 on July 15, 2012:
Compared to your contribution of absolutely nothing, I would say it counts for a lot more than just making stuff up, which you still haven't proven otherwise. The sources are all well documented at the bottom of the page so go ahead and scoff at Wikipedia all you want, but in the end you have made illogical comparisons and attempted to redefine words with nothing to back it up. A lot of arrogance from such a small mind.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on July 15, 2012:
@Bender226 : Wikipedia is your source? Oh, well then...
Bender226 on July 15, 2012:
"A mind sport is a sport or a game of skill where the mental component is much more significant than the physical. The official bodies that use the term have over 500 million registered users." Do your own research; looking stuff up on wikipedia isn't difficult, but I suppose it's more difficult than just making it up.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on July 15, 2012:
@Bender226 : Chess is a 'mind sport?' I am online playing Scramble With Friends just now. Is that also a mind sport?
nicomp the Troll.
Bender226 on July 15, 2012:
nicomp: You are wrong you troll. "Sport (or, in the United States, sports) is all forms of competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical fitness and provide entertainment to participants." By definition, racing cars (and other motorized vehicles) is a sport. Furthermore, the FIA is a member of SportAccord which defines the most agreed upon international definition of sports, so it seems there is universal concurrence of racing being a sport.
Every time you are called on it you make fallacious arguments about mowing the lawn, doing calculus, or other activities that you think are somehow comparable to Motorsport when they are missing the critical aspect of competition. You mentioned Chess, which is recognized as a mind sport by the International Olympic Committee, so even if racing had no physical aspect it would still be at least a mind sport. It's alright if you don't like NASCAR or all racing, but you can't make up definitions. It's easy to be smug when you make up your own reality for things you dislike/don't understand.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on May 09, 2012:
"Ed 2 days ago
Nascar is a [redacted] activity. Ive gone faster than most of them on the highway with my bike (over 200mph) thats a [redacted] more dangerous than those [redacted] in their padded cars, smoothed out rings, and walls around the ring, just in case they spin out. Those [redacted] need to form a sport; not just an activity."
You also need to find a sport. Biking at 200mph on public roads is selfish and stupid.
Mo on April 24, 2012:
As an individual who has watched NASCAR for over fifteen years (Give or take a couple of races), I have seen that it is indeed a "sport", the ignorance and vulgarity that is present on this page, shows the lack of knowledge and the assumption that what they see in front of them is not a "sport" Now, just imagine, these cars have 850 horsepower, 10,000 RPM, and weigh 3800 pounds. Indycars and F1 are lighter and tend to be more easier to handle, Stock cars are much heavier than Formula One cars, and as a result they are generally slower. Additionally, they cannot produce the g-forces of an open wheel car. A stock car's weak handling with high power output places more emphasis on car control. They are very hot, the insides of these cars tend to reach over 130 degrees ferenheit. Depending on what the tempreature is outside. NASCAR is more dangerous then open wheel because energy is absorbed by the body of the car, not breaking apart like an openwheel car. The whole "point" many of you are asking is a simple answer, its stratagy! The many pit stops the cars go through each race make it impossible to tell what the outcome will be (Though, the fastest car does win sometimes!) I'm not convincing any of you critics that you HAVE to watch it. But it is very improtant to jump to conclusions that its a "Redneck sport", so is Football and Baseball. Is hockey for toothless Canadians? Is Soccer for a bunch of wild tea drinking brits? No, but all of these have devoted fans that make up a vast majority. NASCAR is for rednecks is like saying that the Jews love money, or black people like to eat watermelons and anything grape flavored, or latinos eat nothing but Tacos and Burritos. Open your eyes peole! This is a diverse world! All of these steryotypes have been proven false. So instead of listening to what Jeff Dunham has said with his foam puppets, stop listening to the steryotypes and learn that everything is not what it seems. Auto racing is infact a sport, it may not require a great amount of athleticism as football, basketball, baseball, etc. But it (NASCAR, F1, Indy, Le Mans, touring car, moto GP, mini cooper touring, whatever) require skills that very few possess; and thats car control, hand-eye coordination, strenghth, and conditioning. This might not pursuade any of you bigots into devoutly following the series (like me) but, just remember what is in front of you isn't always obvious. The list that is shown above is purly opinion, but there are many falicies included in the compilation of this list. 10) People watch for (Believe it or not!) admiration, stratagy, and the progression. 9)Pit stratagy again, proves this wrong! Many races have been won after the race was dominated by one driver, but as Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson proved, this is not true. Jeff lead 328 out of 500 laps at Martinsville a couple of weeks ago and Jimmie lead 78 laps, but thanks to Clint Bowyer diving into the turn and wrecking both of them, Ryan Newman won with only two laps lead. 8) The Daytona is called "The Super Bowl of Stock Car racing" because the opening race has a unique place in history, NASCAR was created in a hotel just down the road from the 2.5 mile oval, where races were held on the beach. The history is what makes it the biggest race. 7)The drivers are high paid from the team and contract with the sponsor, without the sponsor, the team does not exist, that is why you see such emphasis put into acknowledging the sponsors. 6)It is a dangerous sport, but isn't there a risk in any sport? NASCAR has not had a death since Dale Earnhardt sr. The new cars actually are the most dangerous (Due to an increase in the speeds) but carry foam, extra roll bars, and the driver's seat being situated more in the middle (3-4 inches more then the old car) Elliot Sadler can thank the safety very much after he pulled 82 g's in his wreck at Pocono in 2010. 5)Because of safety and leveling the playing field so nobody cheats, the COT makes all the cars look the same, but the car body being introduced next year, makes it look like the real thing. Do you really expect them to race actual street cars on high banked ovals? 4) They USED to be carborated, the switch over to the EFI fuel injected ingines took place at the begining of this season, 3)and 2) The expenses are true, no one said there is a cheap alternative (Only about 50-60 teams in the country try to make it) How do you think Hendrick motorsports got to where it is today? They had to start somewhere, and that is what you see with "Start and Parks" I hate this rule, but when the economy is as tough as it is, these rules have to apply. 1) A sport is any physical motion being used to compete against others. Thats enough to be defined as a sport in my book. 0) Umm.. Drawn? no no, it is a very tight market to get a driver, many are picked up from sprint car racing. Danica is an exception (Indy Car by the way)she generates so much buzz and money/attention, that it is hard to ignore that. For a woman, she has done a ton in motorsports.
Take in consideration of what I have listed, you may feel better about yourself! ;)
Driver -1 on April 22, 2012:
Ok sure NASCAR did some dumb thing from when sr. Was at his best but does that mean we must say Its dumb no sO we should let it be and stop posting crap I hv a NASCAR collection that I am proud of!!!!!
smzaman on April 22, 2012:
I thought one of your points would be that the races are all pretty much the same...going round and round. There doesnt appear to be much difference between the various circuits. Of course, I've never really bothered to watch NASCAR (how could a person do that if he/she loves F1) so perhaps there's something about those circuits that I'm not aware of due to my proud ignorance of NASCAR. I'd appreciate it if someone explained that to me.
Artic on April 20, 2012:
Funny comments about NASCAR. There, I capitalized it all. And most sports are just stupid. We watch them for some reason. Its hard to justify anyone making millions when all they are doing is a game. Yes, they can do it better than me but that doesn't make it right. And I do walk away from watching when it all gets too stupid.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on April 18, 2012:
@MasterB : You make good choices.
MasterB on April 18, 2012:
nicomp, thanks for the laughs, I 100% agree. You're my hero
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on April 16, 2012:
"You said that all the cars are the same, yet it is 90% technology that wins it? That's a contradictory statement right there"
NASCAR decreed all cars to be the same. Not my rule.
"Sure, it can get boring, but you obviously know little to nothing about how those athletes in the cars are feeling. "
I don't know what the fry cook at McDonald's is feeling either, but that doesn't make it a sport.
"Constantly pushing the machine to the limit, and that's the sport in it. "
I push my lawnmower to the limit every week, that doesn't make landscaping a sport.
"Go do some research. Maybe go to a race."
I'd rather chew on aluminum foil, but thanks for writing.
Wcb on April 16, 2012:
To the author, to say NASCAR or car racing isn't a sport clearly just shows how ignorant you are. You said that all the cars are the same, yet it is 90% technology that wins it? That's a contradictory statement right there. Sure, it can get boring, but you obviously know little to nothing about how those athletes in the cars are feeling. Constantly pushing the machine to the limit, and that's the sport in it. Knowing the limitations of man and machine and then pushing them. Go do some research. Maybe go to a race.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on April 16, 2012:
@Hippy: F1 is a hobby of rich people, like wine or politics.
Jesus was a hippy from United Kingdom on April 15, 2012:
I like the way you make thi8nkgs upand assert them as fact while claiming anyone else is wrong.
F1 is not a sport. :lol:
You might want to look up the definition of the word "sport".
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on April 14, 2012:
@Evan: I'm not doing it because I'm not stupid.
By the way, who said it was easy? Calculus is not easy, but no one will pay to watch me do it.
Evan on April 14, 2012:
If its so easy why aren't you doing it?
herro on April 12, 2012:
the funny words made me to laugh thanks you
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on March 30, 2012:
shut up 95 minutes ago wrote:
"nicomp i bet you can not even last 30 laps in a race so shut your (childish expletive) mouth!!!!!!! Shut your mouth you do not know how hard it is to be going 200 miles an hour!!!!!! with 42 other drivers in front and next to you and behind you it must be pretty hard to not crash."
Hello, 'shut up', if that is indeed your real name. Thanks for writing. Here's what you're missing...
1. It's easy to go 200 miles an hour. I've done 400 mph at 12,000 feet while eating peanuts and drinking a little can of Ginger Ale.
2. Many activities are 'hard', but still not a sport. Chess is hard, probably extremely hard for you. Poker is hard. Words with Friends is especially hard if you have no friends.
3. I drive to work every day with 42 untrained drivers in poorly maintained vehicles all around me. It's called I75 and it's much more dangerous than NASCAR. However, it's not a sport and no one will pay to watch me do it.
Come back any time. I'm happy to set you straight.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on March 28, 2012:
Lighting McQueen is not real.
Bob on March 28, 2012:
Lighting McQueen does not agree with this list :p
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on March 23, 2012:
No, F1 is not a sport either. But thanks for stopping by .
mark on March 23, 2012:
A F1 driver you has to be an Athlete for all the G-force in every curve.
A Nascar driver can be FAT MAN!
hahaha on March 15, 2012:
This is funny. Nascar IS stupid. It has actually been scientifically proven.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on February 28, 2012:
"You can't tell me that you could drive 200 miles per hour in a circle you probably couldn't even drive that fast in a straight line."
I can't hang drywall either.
Jason Scott on February 27, 2012:
NASCAR is awesome and if you don't like it don't watch it.
Callie Mears on February 27, 2012:
You can't tell me that you could drive 200 miles per hour in a circle you probably couldn't even drive that fast in a straight line. All you are is jealous and you wish you were one of those drivers. I don't understand how you like watching football or soccer or any other sport like that because all it is is a ball going back and forth back and forth, now THAT"S boring.
Barecat on February 27, 2012:
Why is it there is hardly any mention of the car makes. Its all about the driver and the sponsors. This just pisses me off
bowtieg on February 24, 2012:
Tell you one thing. You want to talk about stupid?...Grown men on a grass field with shoulder pads and helments running in to each other!..ha!.. Now thats boring and stupid!
Ello on January 10, 2012:
You do know that the cars have the same performance. They do have setups, but doesn't make the car faster. It just sets the car to the driver's liking.
mike marado on December 31, 2011:
if you are a lap down .you are a lap down.that is all that their is to it.
tony on November 04, 2011:
Nascar is the only sport that makes golf look exciting. Are you kidding me? Open wheel racing is somewhat exciting but nascar is retarded. Who are their fans? Rednecks.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on September 19, 2011:
@A bit Confused:
"There are plenty of sports and hobbies that I could care less about, but I don't criticize others for what interests them."
NASCAR is not a sport. I don't think it's a hobby, either, because participation requires millions of dollars.
"Many of the men that make up NASCAR pit crews are former college athletes."
Irrelevant. Pit crew men not drivers. That's like saying football is a sport because the ball boys play soccer on the weekends.
"Get yourself a pit pass at a race and you will realize that these guys are big dudes."
Again, irrelevant. Also incorrect. The average height of a driver is 5' 9". The average weight is 159. Brad Keselowski is 5' 10", 155. I weighed more than that when I graduated from high school. Jeff Gordon is diminutive. I can see big dudes in the checkout line at Wal Mart.
"The g force takes the wind out of you..."
By that logic, flying a fighter jet is a sport. Is being an astronaut is a sport?
"You remind me of the kids in high school who talked trash about the guys on the football team but never had the balls to show up when practice started in August."
We agree on that point: football is a sport.
A bit Confused on September 19, 2011:
It's funny that you say you don't care. You obviously care enough to take the time to criicize something that you know nothing about. Why would you write an entire article on something that doesn't matter to you? There are plenty of sports and hobbies that I could care less about, but I don't criticize others for what interests them. To each his own!
Many of the men that make up NASCAR pit crews are former college athletes. They are on 3-4 day workout schedules and are expected to perform under pressure. Get yourself a pit pass at a race and you will realize that these guys are big dudes. I also agree with Wikiolo on his/her comments. I would like to see those that criticize racing jump behind the wheel of a car that goes 200mph on race slicks. The g force takes the wind out of you and the car feels like it is may spin on you at any given time.
You remind me of the kids in high school who talked trash about the guys on the football team but never had the balls to show up when practice started in August.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on September 13, 2011:
WIkiolo 14 hours ago
"You guys are the most (redacted) retarded people I have heard of, besides liberals.
How can you say that soccer is a sport when i can kick a rock go get it and then kick it again. Also, nascar takes balls that most of you do not have and never will. You would probably (redacted) you pants if you were going 200 mph. Also, football, I can take a break ever 8 seconds, rest for 15. I forgot to mention that I can sit on the sidelines and suck oxygen for 10 min. Finally, just because its dangerous doesnt mean its stupid and the cars are very safe. This obviously shows how much you understand about racing."
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on August 26, 2011:
@The Bing : We don't watch it and we don't care!
The Bing on August 25, 2011:
capitalized...you got me on the spelling.
The Bing on August 25, 2011:
NASCAR (properly capitlazed) is a great sport and don't watch it if you don't care.
Nascarfan24 on August 10, 2011:
Well, lets look here. I am a fan of nascar, F1, and
Le Mans series, so i am not biased against any series.
All the cars look the same in F1 too.
Nascar is much different than the other two forms. Yes, the tracks are oval, but they are not all the same. In fact, Each corner on one track can be completely different from the next.
How do you know who is in first? look at the tower. duh!
So what if "the biggest" race comes first?
Its easy to get killed? How many people have died in F1? ALOT more than in nascar.
If technology is 90 percent in nascar, then F1 must be 300%
Lets look at my take on nascar.
I enjoy nascar because unlike in F1 or Le Mans you get to know your favorite driver much better.Nascar races are held regularly, every sunday, around noon, with the exception of about 8 night races which are held on saturday nights. The schedule is much easier to keep track of than in the other series. The racing in nascar is much closer than in any other form of racing. the average margin of victory in nascar racing is about .8 seconds. Not to mention that there are twice the amount of cars on a smaller track than in F1. Another reason is that its OK to put someone in the wall in nsacar. If a driver is pissed at another driver, that will happen. This also adds to "knowing" different drivers. And let me tell you, some dont like each other, and that keeps things interesting.
Whats not to like? Sounds interesting to me.
Nigel on June 26, 2011:
F1 is not boring compared to NASCAR. How? You do more than go in circles and the probability of severe injuries are equally the same. Tyres and the design of each F1 car is especially important; from wings, to diffusers, KURS, DRS, to tyres. Now mix that with turning both left and right, braking from 200mph to 50mph, not just 200mph to 150mph in NASCAR. Think about when each driver has to pit in the right moment, how the most little mistake in qualifying could mean the difference between 1st and 2nd. Each millisecond is vital. And most importantly, the drivers make the difference. The most talented driver can make a really bad team come through the ranks. Examples? Brawn. They won the first season they entered simply because of the experience drivers and an experience ex-F1 driver leading the team. Juan Pablo Montoya could not cut F1 and that's why he is now doing NASCAR. He couldn't handle the cars, he was to unreliable. In NASCAR, anyone with a basic IQ of 70 can drive a NASCAR. It's just pedal down, pedal off and keep the steering wheel to the left.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on May 23, 2011:
@ Sean: No, it's not a sport. The car qualifies, not the driver. If the driver qualifies, then wrecks the car, he goes to the back of the pack in his 'new' car. If the driver gets a boo boo, the new driver stays in the same starting position.
As soon as a paying crowd forms to watch me mow the lawn, I'll agree that NASCAR is a sport.
Sean on May 23, 2011:
People are so ignorant, who cares if it's all left turns? Ovals are harder than Road Courses because you are driving at a constant high speed, NASCARs also are in a pack the whole race, making it close racing, Indy cars and F1 split apart.
It IS a sport, a sport does not have to be a stick and ball sport. Saying NASCAR is all Rednecks, drunken idiots, and left turns, is the same as saying Football is Steroid taking Black men handling balls up and down a field. I see more people drunk at football games and at house parties rather than at NASCAR races.
hater on May 22, 2011:
I would love NASCAR if they made right hand turns instead of left.....NOT! NASCAR is a joke! Great HUB!
jdb44 on April 27, 2011:
All auto racing is stupid, not just nascar. Yes, it does take skill, but does that make it entertaining? No, it does not. It takes a lot of skill for me to write a paper on judicial decision making, but are you going to see that on ESPN, I think not.
Piero on April 06, 2011:
Agree with most of your list. But just for the sake of precision: Danica has never raced -and will never race- a F1. She'd be ridiculously off the pace.
Alex on March 23, 2011:
I'm doing a persuasive essay/speech on why we should get rid of nascar...i need a bibliography though and I don't know why I'm having a hard time with that
Steven on February 27, 2011:
Your an idiot
Phoman on February 25, 2011:
your entitled to your opinion, we all acknowledge that, but the simple fact is.....if you dont like it, dont watch it.
ns1209 from UK - England on February 25, 2011:
You got it right - what is the point of driving in circles and how is it a sport?
10aeinhorn from West Chester PA on February 16, 2011:
awesome hub. NASCAR is dumb.
Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on February 08, 2011:
I very much like your point about how all the cars are the same. The fiberglass bodies always bugged me, didn't people used to race real Challengers and Cougars? In any case, NASCAR has one redeeming factor: it bores me less than baseball and football.
ummm? on February 07, 2011:
you know Danica Patrick races Indy car not F1?
Tina Boomerina from Seattle (and the world) on December 27, 2010:
Nascar is like those race tracks you had as a kid. Pretend you put tiny mice in the metal cars and glued their little mouse paws to the steering wheel. Then, you would put a bunch of drunken mice around the track.
The person with the remote control (not a mouse) is in control of the car and can win if he can spin his tiny car off the track and put some of the drunken mice into a coma.
Never been to Nascar. I would like to see LeMans or whatever the European ones are called, but I don't want to sit with thousands of drunken American mice.
And, I sure as heck don't want to watch mice racing in circles on a flat-screen TV.
F1 on August 10, 2010:
Niko. NASCAR is stupid.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on July 21, 2010:
"It's pretty easy to tell whos ahead if you are paying any attention, even if you are not paying attention you can look at the scoreboard.... "
Actually, it's not. When a car passes another car, there's no way to tell if they were on the same lap or not. The cars look the same before and after the pass.
""The Biggest Race comes first"
Try playing the Super Bowl in August and see how that works.
""It's too easy to get killed"
When was the last time someone died in a NASCAR race? It's been a while... "
It hasn't been that long. The SAFER barriers were added in response to drivers bring killed. Anyway, since when did we start judging the significance of human deaths in recreational activities by how long ago they took place?
""Danica Patrick couldn't win in Formula 1"
She never drove in F1, She did win in Indycar."
She won an Indy Car race in Japan after this article was written. Otherwise she has flamed out and embarrassed herself and her team with her immature behavior. I wouldn't want he behind me on I475, let alone on a race track. She has a ride because she's a cute girl.
J on July 21, 2010:
I do agree that it is not a sport. I don't like sports. I just like auto racing(including NASCAR, Indycar, F1 and just about any others).
"How do you know who's ahead?"
It's pretty easy to tell whos ahead if you are paying any attention, even if you are not paying attention you can look at the scoreboard....
"The Biggest Race comes first"
"It's too easy to get killed"
When was the last time someone died in a NASCAR race? It's been a while...
"Danica Patrick couldn't win in Formula 1"
She never drove in F1, She did win in Indycar.
canuck on June 13, 2010:
Flush a bag of skittles down the toilet. It's only takes a few seconds an you get the same effect.
Mike on May 27, 2010:
Alot of those arguments could be used against Formula 1...
ricky on May 06, 2010:
i love NASCAR
Bolthorn on April 30, 2010:
I agree completely with the article. Its not a real sport. Even if it was, you could never see the best athletes in it. The limitation of access created by the money needed to participate on any level of car racing rules out most anyone with athletic aspirations. If running required high-end access to money, nobody would know the name Usain Bolt and the world record for the 100 meters would be a couple seconds slower. We have know idea who the best drivers are, we only know who the best drivers with access to loads of cash are, and I just don't happen to care.
LOLNASCAR (O_o)~ on March 30, 2010:
why do so many people dislike nascar? nascar is so much more extreme of a sport than any other - i mean, its so hard to drive for 4 hours. le mans and daytona 24 pales in comparison against nascar. cause, driving 4 hours in a straight line is very, very tough.
oh wait, they have turns! left curves. wow, in a race car DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY to handle high speeds, you need an insurmountable amount of skills to handle such a tough car, like that dodge charger pictured below. (boy, i should go to the dodge dealer and buy a charger, looks like it can do 200mph). good thing downforce and racing slicks are allowed, otherwise it will be so very hard for PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVERS to drive in a straight line with the occasional left curve and not hit the wall. because, its very easy to hit a stationary wall while driving in a straight line or curving slightly left - those smooth left curves can easily surprise one not ready for it. that is why you can add more weight to the left side - i just cannot stress enough how hard those smooth left curves can get!
good thing at some strai- i mean oval tracks, the turns are banked over 30 degrees (you spill a cup of coffee at 20), just in case the drivers can't turn like they were supposed to. this is due to the extreme amount of g forces drivers get introduced to - usually half that of f1. nascar therefore welcomes many drivers retiring from f1, and drivers who are not fit enough for f1, to participate in nascar.
the most exciting part i like about nascar is the pit stops. wow. can you just imagine what the driver has to do? he has to stop (O__O)!! like, they made changing tires so awesome, the pit crews even have their own pit crew challenge tv show, where you can watch them change more tires! clearly the guys at f1 and especially rally racing can learn a thing or two about these nascar pit guys - like using 5 lug nuts instead of 1. and those idiots doing rally racing... who needs to rebuild a whole car in 30 mins - that isn't what a pit crew is about - its about changing tires, sticking something into a hole (fuel), and maybe tweaking some aero fins. that's hardcore right there.
and changing gears! like, damm so hard man. cruising at maximum speeds requires so much more shifting than almost any other automobile sport on earth.
and don't forget about the passing! so much strategy involved! (should you pass? or not pass?)
and those engines, mmm mmm. 2.4L, 19,000rpm fuel injected? try 5.7L, 9000rpm carb. no technology is better than the one named: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
and last but not least, don't forget how exciting it is TO WATCH AS A SPORT - its just so damm exciting to watch! where else can you watch a train of cars tailgating each other in a circle for 4 hours... that's just pure entertainment right there, hands down. its almost like watching a train set do its thing, or watching the water when you flush the toilet for 4 hours (*__*)....
niko on January 28, 2010:
try to get in a narrow cockpit running at almost 200 miles per hour with the wall dangerously by your side for 3 to 4 hours, pit stoping, changing gears, fighting for positions, and racing avoiding dying, they fought a long way carreer since little boys to get there, they deserve that millions they win after races.
Stan Fletcher from Nashville, TN on January 04, 2010:
Nicomp, you nailed it man. I just don't get it. If I don't get to actually drive one of the cars, I'm not interested. Nascar and soccer. Two of the most boring sports to watch.
Flightkeeper from The East Coast on October 22, 2009:
Nicomp, what would southerners do without Nascar?
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on October 19, 2009:
@ralwus: Jus' keep turnin' left. ;)
ralwus on October 19, 2009:
I always thought so too. All the same points. I do like the sexy chicks though. The only plus. LOL I love a good demolition derby.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on October 19, 2009:
@50 Caliber: Watching the 'highlights' does save quite a bit of time.
50 Caliber from Arizona on October 19, 2009:
The folks from the south are gonna cry...... Me, I love watching million dollar cars getting destroyed so just make a crash reel for me... cuts my wasted time down to 10 or 15 minutes.
nicomp really (author) from Ohio, USA on October 18, 2009:
@habee: LOL. People from all political positions can agree on this one.
Holle Abee from Georgia on October 18, 2009:
THANK YOU!! My sentiments exactly!