With most flavors of ESPN going to HD on our satellite, my son has been picking up on NASCAR races more often. I can’t say I’m all that thrilled with NASCAR. I’ve tried to sit and watch it on television. But – even in HD – it’s a lot of cars driving around and around and around some more. There are only so many available shots before they get a little stale. And with 200 laps or more, there’s plenty of time to get stale.
In person, NASCAR is very in your face… and in your ears… and up your nose. These cars are loud! I mean rock concert loud. There’s not really anything in the way of pollution controls. Everything smells like the lowest level of a parking garage. The stench of burning rubber hangs heavy throughout the event.
Of course, there’s the excitement of actually driving in NASCAR, zooming at high speed, neck and neck with your fellow drivers, looking for an in anywhere you can. I can see why NASCAR is more popular in rural areas than cities. For those of us in high congestion areas, we drive NASCAR style every day… we just call it rush hour traffic.