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NASCAR, Sport or not?

Posted on: March 4, 2008 4:11 pm
Whether you like it or not, nascar is recognized as a sport in the US and around the world. Nascar has grown to become the second-most popular professional sport in terms of television ratings inside the U.S., ranking behind only the NFL. Internationally, nascar races are broadcast in over 150 countries. It holds 17 of the top 20 attended sporting events in the U.S., and has 75 million fans who purchase over $3 billion in annual licensed product sales. These fans are considered the most brand-loyal in all of sports and as a result, Fortune 500 companies sponsor Nascar more than any other governing body.

Obviously, not everyone enjoys watching auto racing on tv. Just the same as they might not like watching hockey, golf, or tennis on tv. But watching it on tv isn't the same as watching a game or race live. I have heard people say that they felt the same about nascar as a lot of you here. But once they attended a race, they realized how much fun it could be. Along with how much skill, teamwork, and strategy it takes to win a race. Don't stereotype something just because you don't know much about it. You should try it before you knock it. If you try it and still don't like it, fine. That's an opinon you are entitled to.

Category: Auto Racing

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2008 7:43 pm

NASCAR, Sport or not?

Brian, great thoughts bud, i agree with you!!! Im not a Nascar fan per se, but I do see your point! by the by, great profile pic, who is she and do you have any more pics!!

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2008 3:45 pm

NASCAR, Sport or not?


GO REDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 8:43 am

NASCAR, Sport or not?

Here are the definitons of sport and athlete:

Sport - An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.

Athlete - A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts.


Secondly, the definitions state the word competitively. The drivers do compete physically and mentally with skills that are governed by a set of rules. So according to the definitions, nascar and it's drivers are a sport and athletes.
Even though you may not believe these drivers exert themselves physically as much as other sports, they still are challenged physically. Since you live so close to Daytona, go take a ride in one of the "driving experience" cars. I think you'll change your mind about how physically demanding one of these cars can be.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2008 11:39 pm

NASCAR, Sport or not?

I am going to have to say no to this.  I know they lose a lot of water weight because its hot, I know they drive fast to other cars, and I know they have to hold it when they need to pee, but driving and turning left is not a sport.  Is it extremely difficult?  Yes.  Is it hard to endure an entire 500 mile race?  Of course.  But why does that make it a sport?  I just can't see it.  It might exciting to watch in person, but why would that make it a sport more than watching a really good movie?  I like to call it a hobby, a game, or just a race, but I can't dignify calling it "sport", no matter how money is involved.  There's a lot of money at dog/horse tracks to see them race, is that a sport?  No.  I don't mind watching it, following it, or going to events, I live about an hour from Daytona, but no matter how much I do watch or participate i can't see these guys as TRUE athletes.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 10:05 pm

NASCAR, Sport or not?

My father is a huge Nascar fan. I have just recently become more of a Nascar fan. I have picked a driver and have been to 2 live races. It is way better to see it live than as boring as it is too watch it on t.v.  Though I have become a fan, I still don't consider it a sport. It is more like a competition. Besides, there is no ball or puck involved and you can't pull a groin. What's next? Cheerleading or gymnastics is actually a sport? Come on. But this is just an opinion. Personally, I really don't care who considers it a sport or not. Football is the king of sports and will forever be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2008 4:56 pm

NASCAR, Sport or not?

Def: an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.

Def: Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

By almost any definition, NASCAR is a sport.  And the drivers and most of the crew are in tremendous physical condition.  During the race many of the drivers lose up to 10 lbs because of the heat and the stress.  Most people would collapse from the exertion.

I used to deride Nascar.  By now I have driven one of those cars on Charlotte Motor Speedway; Petty has a school.  Wow.  Those guys can drive.

Do yourself a favor and go to a race, preferably one of the smaller tracks like Bristol or Richmond.  Get a pit pass.  And its absolutely one of the friendliest sports to enjoy a day.  I see angry people and/or fights in almost every other sports arena but never in Nascar. 

If you like cars, you like Nascar.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2008 7:47 pm
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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2008 7:16 pm

NASCAR, Sport or not?

The threat of danger aside, and not to say it is not a sport, if horse racing is considered a "sport" than I will concede that NASCAR is as well.  If not, it is certainly enterainment (which is what all sports should be).

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2008 3:01 pm

NASCAR, Sport or not?

Well, Jedi, I almost agree with you. First, if you have ever seen a foot camera when their racing at Martinsville or a road course, you would take off your first point. Secondly, I must say that a sport must have a defense. Racing does, golf doesn't. Golf is a hobby: a very, very expensive hobby.

For those that need more proof that NASCAR is definitely a sport, google Ricky Rudd's Subway 500 win on Sept. 27, 1998. You will soon change your mind.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2008 9:21 am

NASCAR, Sport or not?

Nascar is a sport just like any other except they drive cars around the track going almost 200mph and are inches apart from each other

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