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I've never really been into Nascar but the 500 today was epic. It was like a demolition derby out there with 16 caution flags. Also a record number of lead changes and a very unexpected win by a 20 year old rookie. He had to ask for directions to victory lane!
I wonder if the new pavement and the cooler-than-normal weather had anything to do with the high level of CARnage? In any event, it was one hell of a race! I may be following nascar more in the future...
I tried, I really did. Saw a few of the wrecks, those are always somewhat entertaining. However, I haven't actually watched Nascar for 8 years or so. It's really hard to watch a race now - I don't know who half of the field is anymore, who's good, who's not, who's on what team, who's sponsoring who... and I have little interest to re-learn it all. It'll never be the same for me.
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Re: Anyone watch the race?
It was one of the most interesting and amazing races I've seen, start to finish, and the finish was awesome. Not only was it won by a 20 year (turned 20 the day before the race) old rookie (youngest winner ever), but it was only his 2nd Sprint Car race.
I share the same view with drew on it myself but today I happened to have the race on while at the computer and for the first time ever I found myself glued to the tv! The camera placements and replay coverage was exceptional. The only thing I find annoying about it is the ridiculous amount of product placement. Every camera viewpoint in the event from the bumper cams to the after-wreck interviews is plastered with logos... Its no coincidence that every driver is drinking a coke during every interview...
Yeah, the product placement this year is unprecedented. Did you notice the "We <3 Logistics" sticker on the back of Ragan's steering wheel?
I only caught the end of the race. I had to work 12-4 today so I missed the good stuff. Sad to see Gordon caught up in a wreck - but that's all good because I smiled and jumped for joy when I got to see Dale Jr. get taken out. I'm blown away that the kid who won the race is younger than me, and just got turned into a multimillionaire in a day. That's mind-boggling. I'm in the wrong damn business!
The infrared heat cams this year are an interesting touch. I liked those. I didn't get to see much else honestly. I caught the last 30 laps. Glad the ridiculous looking front splitter is gone from the cars too.
We get it, you like F1. Why reply? I never understand why non-NASCAR fans always point out that they don't enjoy it. It's everywhere, and it really grinds my gears.
I used to be a NASCAR fan back in the 80's with Bill Elliot and the other big shots. Not much over the last 25 years though. I look at it as more for a "redneck" thing now and wonder how I ever liked it in the first place. In those days I was also a follower of WWE wrestiling too. Ah, to be young and stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Used to be an avid fan (all the way back into the '60s), lost quite a bit of interest in the last couple years (but still follow along). So yesterday is the same old thing (of NASCAR lately); the best driver didn't win, the best car didn't win and except for the last 20 laps of the race, there wasn't much going on. Wrecks ain't racing excitement for me. Take away some of that 'aero', give them back their horsepower and let them guys go.
These aren't races anymore, they're mobile parking lots with a winner determined by surviving the last wreck. Granted these drivers have exceptional skills and the cars are marvels of engineering, but the restrictor plate races are now extended versions of the old IROC races.
I don't really have any issue with the product placement or sponsorship aspect of it. You know how ridiculously expensive it is to run ONE race team? Let alone 4 from one stable? It's a lot of coin. Millions of dollars PER WEEK. Sponsorship helps solve this problem, and the sponsors want their due time. I'm okay with that, it's part of all sports.