NASCAR: Is it more than left turns? I say yes! See if you agree

Steven Dunlap, staff writer

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NASCAR, what can you say about it? The acronym is Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks. Well, that’s the exact opposite. NASCAR is a lot more difficult than you may think. Here are five things that may change your mind about the sport.

  1. It’s a redneck sport. Probably the biggest misconception of NASCAR, is that it’s redneck oriented. More and more drivers come from many different backgrounds. Joey Logano, the youngest race winner in history, is from Connecticut. Darrell Wallace Jr., is an African-American driver, and Kyle Larson is a Japanese-American driver.
  2. Drivers aren’t athletes. This isn’t true. Carl Edwards is probably the most athletic driver of them all. Every time he wins he does a backflip off the side of his car. Six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson is a triathlete. In addition, the cars get up to 120 degrees during a race, and the drivers spend hours only inches from their competitors. I mean, have you ever done that for 600 miles?
  3. It’s only left turns. In the top-level series of NASCAR, there are two road courses. The first is Sonoma, a 12-turn track, including seven right turns. Then there’s Watkins Glen, probably one of the most dangerous road courses, with seven turns and five right turns.
  4. It’s just dumb rednecks getting together on a Sunday. Oh boy, Ryan Newman, a college graduate, won the Daytona 500. A study showed that NASCAR fans are three percent more likely to earn $75,000 or more a year, and more likely to own a home, rather than rent one.
  5. It’s a waste of time and money. NASCAR has invented the world’s largest solar power field, (Pocono Raceway).  The world’s largest TV sits on the backstretch of Texas Motor Speedway. Also, NASCAR and it’s drivers do a lot of charity work. Joey Logano spent his million dollars that he won from the All-Star Race on his charity foundation. NASCAR does a lot of work with the Make a Wish Foundation. And those cars that seem like moving billboards, they’re busy making many companies a lot of money.

So, while you all are watching a bunch of people run back and fourth across a field with a ball, piling on each other and counting up concussions next Sunday, I’ll be watching a bunch of serious competitors fight for a Grandfather clock on a .52 mile track at Martinsville.

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