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Why I Really Hate NASCAR

Posted on: February 11, 2008 12:12 pm
 

NASCAR is king here.  Placed above South Carolina Gamecock and Clemson Tiger football, much bigger then Carolina Panther football, NASCAR rules here in a way no other sport does.  Everywhere you look, you’ll see decals, bumper stickers, jackets and shirts, proclaiming their favorite driver.  It is something you cannot get away from.  In the news, the start of NASCAR season surpasses anything and everything, even the lead up to March Madness.

NASCAR is nothing new to me, especially since my stepfather was a big Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt fan.  Add to my sister and brother-in-law following the circuit for Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jarrett, it was difficult not to hear about it.  Yet it was something I really never could get into.  I knew enough to be able to carry on a conversation with my mechanic, who at that time was repairing something or another on my car on a weekly basis.  My limited knowledge of NASCAR could have been seen as a blessing in disguise, since he seemed to have taken pity on me and took care of my car at a lower cost. 

Yet it wasn’t until I moved south that I picked up a disdain for the sport.  Seriously, a gut-wrenching, cold-sweat hate for NASCAR developed when I moved here.  It had nothing to do with the cars, the fan worship or the accents.  It had everything to do with what seems to be a secret fantasy of being a NASCAR driver for quite a few adults here.

Okay, truth is that the city I live in was rated as the top city in American by Men’s Magazine, when it came to the worse drivers in America.  Yep, I live in a city that has the dubious distinction of having the crappiest drivers in America.  It’s really not uncommon to have 3 or 4 major accidents occur at the same time on the highways here at rush hour.  We can blame it on the weather, however, this occurs when the roads are dry and the sky is bright.  Can you imagine when it rains?  (I’ll give them a pass on the rare snowy days).

For as bad as the driving seems to be in the offseason, there tends to be a noticeable difference come NASCAR season, especially on a Monday after the race.  It is then that the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon wannabe’s seem to come out.  The morning commute turns into a jockey for pole position.  The normal speed limit no longer exists and the State Troopers just tend to stay out of everyone’s way (unless it’s close to payday).  Everyone seems, at least for the morning rush, to want to outdo the other drivers in typical NASCAR style.

This morning I was once again reminded how it is when the race season begins, down around here.  For a full 40 minutes, as I was driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone, trying to shake the guys that were riding my draft.  I found myself screaming obscenities as I tried to use the bank to pass a car in front of me, only for a gray hair old lady (yes, older then me) to be cackling at me in her rearview and shoot me the bird as she cut me off. 

It’s going to be a long summer here.  Not sure which is going to be worse, the drive in to work on Mondays, or that the lyrics to “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” will be playing over and over and over in my head every Monday until the end of the season.

Go granny, go granny, go granny go………….

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Humor, NASCAR
 
Comments

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2008 1:42 pm
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

While the driving on 485 does seem to be a bit ridiculous.  It is not NASCARs fans fault.  Remember to be driving to work on Monday morning you have to have a JOB.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2008 7:06 pm
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

Well BigDaddy, I do tend to rant...lol.  I wouldn't say every NASCAR fan has their house and truck on blocks...of course, depending on where you go in West Virginia and Tennessee, I'm sure you have an opportunity to see quite a few homes that way.

 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2008 7:04 pm
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

Thanks for the info Ultrajer3. 



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2008 1:15 am
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

Now that's what I call a rant. Great to read about another person who had the misfortune to be stuck south of the Mason-Dixon line. My crappy company sent me to West Virginia and then to Bristol, Tennessee. Until then I hadn't even given Nascar a second thought but as soon as you head South, forget about it. The only thing crazier than a Nascar fan is the 35 year old freak who takes their date to a high school football game still wearing the old varsity jacket that won't button because their gut is too big. So to all of you who enjoy turning left all day do us all a favor and get your house and truck off of the blocks in your front yard and go away!



Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2008 11:25 am
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

Here is a list of sports that require resources:

Football - Mowing the grass, painting the field, killing animals to make the balls, concrete and construction materials to build a new statium every 6 years for every team rich enough

Baseball - See above

Soccer - See above

Motorcycle racing, snowmobile racing, kart racing, drag racing (every level), lawnmower racing, Saturday night dirt racing (every class), boat racing, RC racing, hydroplane racing, on and on and on

NASCAR is just maybe about .0001% of America's polution problems.  Maintaining stick and ball statiums probably contribute more that NASCAR does.  There are only 36 races a year at the top level, there are 162 baseball games per year per team, thats a lot of fans driving to and fro from there games and mowing the field before every game. 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2008 5:04 am
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

nybites,

I'd agree except...the drivers that are on the roads at the time I am aren't kids.  Alot are adults, some older then me.  The speed demons that I've noticed aren't the teenagers but middle aged men.  The driving in this age isn't really no different then when I was a teenager in the 70's.  Wasn't drag racing on the strip big in the 50's and 60's?  

The teen years now, really aren't more different then when we were growing up.  There were always kids who rebelled, fought the system, fought their parents.  Why did alot of young men want to emulate James Dean?  The problem is, they make cars go faster now then they did then. 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2008 4:55 am
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

LOL plaid,

Wellllllllllll....I kind of have an idea about what they do to Gordon fans.  And I do like NASCAR fans, just not NASCAR...lol.




Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2008 2:00 am
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

Mum,

I think NASCAR stands for what is wrong with today's youth, and part of the country. We will never be good enough to drive 200 mph in  circle......... besides that was not my life's ambition. I still have the Nova SS I bought in 1981, I was a gear head, but never did I put other drivers at risk by my need for speed. Granted we all sucked as drivers when we turned 16, but over time you learn to adjust to road conditions and drivers around you. I was not 16 in 1981 I was old enough to know when I could spin the tires, when I had to chill.  Basically these idiots see Billy Joe Bob Slimjim driving on Sunday, they emulate thier hero durring the week...... HUGE difference between playing fort with sticks and becoming king of the hill, then becoming a race car driver on the road. Also some of the video games like Grand Theft Auto is absolutely sending the wrong message to our kids, they half-belive the game they are playing is like the real road.

Historically Boston has some of the worst drivers on the planet, maybe that has changed over the years, but I see enough drivers from Massachusettes on a daily basis to still think they are near the top. I think it sucks that you have to go to work in fear of your life, 18 year old idiots should not have Subaru WRX's that go 150 MPH. Quick story, just read it over the week-end. A young 16 year old girl was out with friends and had an 11:30PM curfew. The guys who drove her from one party to the next had no concern over her curfew, so she hopped into a car with someone she casually knew and some other girls near her age. This driver, 18 year old idiot, had one of those Subaru WRX's and had been caught on several occasions doing double the speed limit and reaking havoc on the road. Well he went into court on each occasion and got his charges dropped from reckless driving to Speeding, he retained his license. Anyhow, this jerk has these girls in his car and tries to be hero and get the girl home in record time................ Crashes doing around 120 MPH on a road posted 35MPH, all 4 passengers die, a woman is seriously injured in the car he side-swiped as he lost control and flipped into the air......... The poor dad of the girl is distraught, and rightly so. He is going around to schools telling the story so maybe somebody listens and thinks before they become another statistic. I hope you have safe and happy commutes, stay away from the Youngins, let them have the fast lane, it leads to HELL anyways, why stop thier progress.




Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 9:06 pm
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

 If you find your Tony Stewart stickers have been replaced with Jeff Gordon stickers, you'll know I found your car.ouch.  Do you realize what they do to Gordon fans? You really dont like nascar fans do you? lol



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2008 6:29 pm
 

Why I Really Hate NASCAR

I have been to one NASCAR race.  It was in Atlanta and was a see of Budweiser and sweat.  Nothing but noise and everyone trying to keep track of who's a lap down and why Jimmy-Ray's not drafting with his teammate.  I'm sure it's just as strategic as any football game in their fans' minds, but after the fly-over by a Stealth Bomber, it was all downhill for me.  And this from someone whose company sponsored one of the vehicles (much to my surprise) and had a fantastic hospitality tent.  Sorry, jlee, I just can't support your belief that it's more of a "cultural event," plus I saw a couple of fights while there.

Bring on the FINAL FOUR!!!


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