In Defense Of NASCAR

In Defense Of NASCAR

I love NASCAR and I am proud to say it. I was born and raised into one of the greatest sports America has to offer. I learned to count thanks to the numbers on the roofs of every little replica toy car that my dad bought me. I knew every driver, I knew every sponsor, and I knew every race track. I was raised to believe that Dale Earnhardt Sr. was one of the greatest men to have ever lived. I cried myself to sleep the day that he died and my dad even let me stay home from school the next day. My grandfather raced, my uncles raced, and my cousin races today. NASCAR is a big part of my life, and it’s time I stand up for what I believe in. Stop the NASCAR hate.

I’ve heard it all. “It’s boring.” “All they do is turn left.” “It’s a redneck sport.” “It’s not even a sport.” “I could do it.” What else? It doesn’t matter because you’re all wrong. Hear my plea, let me defend this beautiful sport that I love. Let me give you a glimpse of NASCAR so that you may see why it is a lifestyle for so many people. I want to give you a great snapshot of why NASCAR is worth watching, both at home and at the track.

Let’s start with watching NASCAR from home. Football is over. We won’t have any more NFL Sundays for over 6 whole months. Instead of spending your hungover afternoons watching football, you can spend it watching a race. Sunday afternoon races are perfect. You watch the beginning of the race, end up falling asleep, nap for a couple hours, and wake up right for the exciting end of the race. Check out yesterday’s photo-finish Daytona 500.

You have an excuse to make wings or order pizza, and you can drink all the beer you want. Or if you’re a die-hard fan like me, you can throw on the t-shirt of your favorite driver and watch the race from start-to-finish. You may even learn to hate the commentators (Darrell Waltrip is almost worse than Chris Collinsworth). Watching NASCAR from home can be a very enjoyable experience.

But your whole life will change when you go to your first NASCAR race. Everything you thought about tailgating or attending a sports event can be thrown out the window. Experiencing your first NASCAR race will give you a rush stronger than the rush you felt when you got your first OTPHJ.

The best races to go to are night races. The best experience is to take a camper or an RV, but at least get a cheap motel room for Saturday night. Get down to the track early Saturday morning, set up camp, start grilling, and start drinking. You will be surrounded by drunk rednecks and there will be horse shoes and cornhole everywhere. If you want to play a fun game, count how many mullets you see throughout the day. Just make sure you enjoy your day tailgating and pace yourself, because you won’t go into the track until at least 6 p.m. It gets better for all you alcoholics out there.

When you leave the tailgate, take a cooler. Fill it with ice and beer. That’s right, you can bring your own cooler into the racetrack. What sport lets you do that? You don’t have to pay $11 for a 25 Oz. Bud Light Lime when you can just crack open one of the Busch’s you have in your cooler. To really live in the moment, don’t bring any craft brews, only cheap beer. You should also bring a cooler full of food so you can keep crushing brats and potato chips the whole race. Since everyone can bring in coolers full of beer, there are tens of thousands of drunk people in one area, and it gets rowdy. The best part about being at a race isn’t the sound of the engines, or the screeching of tires during a wreck, or even being close and in the actual environment. The best part of being at a race is people watching. There are mullets, there are shirtless people with sunburn, there are old rednecks grinding on each other, and then there are the extreme drunk people. Like my guy who got half-naked and climbed the fence during the race I was watching in Richmond a couple years ago.

You can’t tell me that guy doesn’t look like he knows how to have a good time. So quit the hate and be more open minded. Go give it a try. If you go to a NASCAR race and don’t have the time of your life, then I will pay you back for your ticket (not really). It truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

Raise hell and praise Dale.

Image via Daniel Huerlimann-BEELDE /

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Just a big dude from Virginia who loves Dale Earnhardt, guns, and eating red meat.

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