Monday, February 25, 2013

Your Turn

I know the Daytona 500 was on yesterday which is the Super Bowl of NASCAR, but does anyone actually watch NASCAR anymore?

55 comments:

Tuxedo Cat said...

I don't watch it, but I know people who are massive NASCAR fans.

auntliddy said...

God no!!! Cars going in a circle? Not in this lifetime!!

rejectedcarebear said...

I did not. My dad did cause he'll watch any sport.

Single Man in Love with Love said...

Turned it on so my two girls could see Danica running up front. Told them it could be them if they wanted. Then caught up on stuff on dvr

LottaColada said...

Had no idea it was even on until I was reading the James Franco controversy.

FSP said...

I was too busy trying to pick up ladies at the local IKEA.

Amber said...

F1 is way better. However, that NASCAR crash was INSANE.

Ms Cool said...

@Lotta what was the controversy?

We turned it on to watch the beginning and end.

Lucas said...

@FSP - Ha!

Amartel said...

Well, they have to find something to do now that they no longer go to the movies.

Vera L- said...

NASCAR fan here. We usually mute the race and listen to NPR but we watched yesterday to see Danica compete.

Karen said...

@FSP, excellent. Keep on keeping on.

LottaColada said...

Apparently because Dancica is the first woman to make it there he couldn't just say "Ladies and gentleman start your engines..." instead he said "Drivers and Danica...."

A lot of people were not happy.

prolixe said...

NASCAR is like football on steroids, if you're a fan, you're A FAN.

Talladega Nights is the closest to NASCAR I've watched in years. Mr's ringtone on my phone is Will Farrell screaming, "I'm on fire! Help me, Jesus! Help me, Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise, use your witchcraft to get the fire off of me!"

Aaaand that's why I silence my phone in meetings.

LottaColada said...

@prolixe- omg that's amazing! That's my fave Will Ferrell movie.

Ms Cool said...

@LottaColada - Yeah, we heard that and watched 50 cent creeping on Erin Andrews. It was definitely a huge gaffe and it made it seem like he was clueless and perhaps shouldn't have had the privilege of saying those words.

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Pogue Mahone said...

NASCAR: National Association of Stupid Country Ass Rednecks.

LottaColada said...

Yeah it was kind of a slap in the face to Danica. He's such a tool.

Seachica said...

So pretentious dip wad implied that drivers are only male, and Danica had to be named separately because as a female she didn't fit into the category of drivers?

Asshole.

Syko said...

I don't watch it, I can't see the appeal in watching too many too fast cars going around a track too many times. I do know a lot of people who love it, though. Probably the most rabid fan I've ever known was a coworker's boyfriend who was impotent for three months after Dale Earnhardt died.

prolixe said...

Maybe James deFarce-o was trying to stalk Danica and she threatened to run him over.

I'm watching Freaks & Geeks (awww, young Jason Segel is adorable!) and his character on there is a glimpse into future douchebaggery. (Also, so that's who Busy Philips is! I actually like her character. :b)

califblondy said...

That's harsh Pogue. I watched yesterday because I'm still suffering from football withdrawal and to see Danica. I think or hope that James Franco was just high and misspoke.

Amber said...

It's possible James Franco thought he was being funny/cute, and didn't mean for it to come off as a slight.

saucyjane said...

My hubby watches NASCAR, so I had the misfortune to see James Franco making an ass of himself. This time last year Franco was annoying at the Oscars; he managed to be EVEN MORE infuriating with only six words. Would everyone please stop inviting that insufferable douchebag to places? Thank you.

Humor Me said...

Big Tony Stewart fan here from the Hoosierland!
Yes, I watched it. Daytona is to Nascar as the Indy 500 is to open wheel racing.

And Amber, I agree - F1 is better.

Aeol said...

We've never watched NASCAR in our house, but we were feeling Danicurious yesterday and watched. I admit I found it far more interesting than I thought I would, but I don't see myself turning into a racing fan.

paula said...

I used to work for a cable company, and our NASCAR In Car thing was hugely popular--for a fee you could get this pay per view thing with dash cams for cars. Still lots of NASCAR fans.

lazyday603 said...

The "any more" implies there was a time I watched it. I never watched pro wrestling or monster truck rallies either. Not that there's anything wrong with those things. If you are The Dukes of Hazard.

B. Profane said...

NASCAR committed suicide with that Car of Tomorrow bullshit. They need more Smokey Yunick's and an anti-trust prosecution to force the sport out of the hands of the France's. It'll still be just a bunch of dumb rednecks "ternin' layft"
and trading paint, but I might watch it.

Maja With a J said...

Only if Ricky Bobby is driving.

Sherry said...

I grew up in raceland. Mama lives about 7 miles from the CLT Motor Speedway which is actually in concord..Even watched dirt track racing at the Metrolina Speedway.
We would have great parties when mama used to go to Daytona to watch the race with all her girlfriends.
But now..Nope, watching all the cars go around in a circle is not my idea of a good time.

The Dude said...

I say the same thing about the Oscar's, but anyway, I never watch either of them.

Jason said...

It pulled a 22 share yesterday, so "only" about a fifth of everyone watching TV yesterday afternoon were all tuned in to the race. So yeah, people still watch it.

Franco said during the prerace show that he's a big Danica fan and was planning to give her a special shoutout during the command. I think he just got a little too high and completely cocked it up, but there was no ill intent there.

Sherry said...

I quit watching when Jimmy Johnson won for the second time. He's quite boring. That being said I was happy to go last fall when my family was given tickets.

Betsy said...

I drive in and around Boston. We live NASCAR, but without the fireproof suits.

Irishbelle said...

Nope. My hubby refers to it as "cars turning left." Any idea why they never go the other direction instead?

888 said...

Pogue, I'm sure you have a problem with the ghetto thugs in the NBA and NFL? Or do you only hate white "rednecks", you racist cunt?

Comma Chaser said...

I grew up a stone's throw from SIR, so trust me, there's a whole group of people who watch NASCAR.

888 said...

PS I think NASCAR is super gay and don't watch it but funny how they don't have any Ron Artest-esque fights in the stands, chimping out or other monkeyshines that happens in the "vibrantly diverse" (90% black) NFL and NBA. Chimpouts and TNB are more interesting, let's be honest.

Pogue Mahone said...

888: I'm white so how can I possibly be "racist" against whites? Duh. I'm not racist against blacks for that matter,either. I just don't like trailer trash, regardless of colour.

nunaurbiz said...

Pogue is just showing his/her own ignorance.

Irish: They have several "road courses" over the year (fewer and fewer) where they do turn right.

Half the people I've heard put stock car racing down as boring because they only turn left ... watch golf. Baseball can be pretty dull. Each to his/her own. Just because you don't participate or watch a sport doesn't mean you have to put the people down who do.

I hate football because it's become such a blood sport, but I'm not gonna call the people who love it ignorant or barbaric.

nunaurbiz said...

FYI, the proper thing to say when the drivers are men and woman/women are either:

Drivers, start your engines!

When a driver is retiring, it's custom to call out that driver to start the engine first.

There have been other women in NASCAR, though none have gotten the pole as Danica did, and they've said:
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

I really wasn't offended by what Franco said because it doesn't really matter. I was more offended that, as a paid guest of NASCAR, Fiddy Cent couldn't even be bothered to take his damn Oakland Raiders ballcap off. If the NFL ever invited me to the Super Bowl, I wouldn't wear my NASCAR hat!

bobbi_1025 said...

All I'm gonna say is I love NASCAR. It's a bonding thing between my dad, myself, and my son.

I just want to point out there have been 15 female drivers in what would be considered the Sprint Cup that came before Danica.

B. Profane said...

Oh come on! The one and only time that NASCAR drivers ever competed evenly against other race car drivers--the first IROC series--the road course drivers handed their asses to them on a plate. The only NASCAR drivers who were even in the hunt were former rally drivers. King Petty finished 10th!

NASCAR: Turn left and grin for the sponsors. Takes balls to trade paint at 220 on the front stretch at Talledega, but it doesn't take driving skill. How can you even call it "racing" if all you do for hours is keep your foot in it, never change gears and turn left every couple of minutes?

mr. ray said...

My stepfamily Loves NASCAR and always has a party for this race because "it's our Super Bowl", which doesn't make sense to me because it's the first race of the year, and always invite to it which I always decline. The one and ONLY thing I always found interesting was the sponsor logos that are visible to the cameras on the cars. So to answer your question...HELL NO!

Mango said...

I've never been a fan but I used to love about an hour and a half from Daytona Speedway and once a guy I know roped me into volunteering at a food vendor booth there. His girlfriend's son was autistic IIRC and they were working a food both and all the profits were theirs to keep for an Autism charity and they needed volunteers to work race weekend. I volunteered to work a 5 hour shift one day and it was CRAZY. Non-stop lines and we were by no means the only kiosk there. We sold hot dogs, hamburgers, beers and a few other things. I have never been interested remotely in NASCAR, but when I finished my shift I went out and stood in the stadium watching the cars zoom around it was really bright and rather hypnotic. I was only standing there for about 2 minutes before a guard kicked me out but I'd had my fill anyway. I can not imagine sitting there all day anyway.

I have friends who've gone and they say the seats are tiny and you're crammed in like sardines and the way to go is partying in a motorhome.

Mango said...

*used to live (not love, lol!)

B. Profane said...

The only real type of racing is to actually race yourself. Four-wheel drifts as speed, that'll grow hair where the sun don't shine.

But from the spectator point of view, screw NASCAR. Find yourself a non-NHRA drag track and go to a night meet. The IHRA strips tend to be a lot more lax about safety. As in, you can walk right down by the staging lanes and watch 'em launch from about fifteen feet away. Wear serious hearing protection!

It's kind of a stupid form of racing, but standing that close to a 5,000 horsepower drag Hemi when it lights off is something to be experienced.

christine8car said...

Oh, yeah, I have been a fan but haven't been watching since Dale Jr. left DEI for Hendricks.. so it's been a while. I used to think it was just turning left too.... but once I got into it and was watching EVERY Sunday learned there's more at play, a 'backstory' that makes it interesting... could be a rivalry or payback, pit or team strategy, engine drama, there's always something to watch for, bit of a soap opera at times. I was also caught up in Dale Earnhardt too, how he could see the air when drafting, that man did some amazing things with his car --one race from back to front in the closing laps, with the famous pass in the grass. Never thought of it as "National Association of Stupid Country Ass Rednecks", though its origins were in rum running and you see in the movie Lawless they paid homage to that ...in the town scene there is the garage with the sign Hendricks.

Pink_Palace said...

@Betsy - yep, that is where I learned how to drive!

Lelaina Pierce said...

Used to watch it with guy friends in HS/College. I rooted for Jeff Gordon and Dick Trickle. I've been to two races at Darlington, one of which my co-workers began consuming canned domestic beer in the parking lot at 10a.m. I find it incredibly boring but I have lots of friends/family that love it. I think Juan Pablo and Jimmie Johnson are HOT. My husband watches only this race (thank you, 8lb baby Jesus) but I didn't.

Wil said...

Yes .. I watched .. not that that should remotely be a surprise to anyone who knows me here. ;)

Agent**It said...

Betsy, lol, I grew up there as well.Great line.

EggHead said...

@888 Uhhh...didn't you just call someone else out for being racist?? The comment you were talking about definitely wasn't nice, but yours is much worse. The things you said are vile and way more racist than Pogue's. Just saying.