Since the inception of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) in 1948, fans of the sport have been waiting anxiously for the season to start so they can follow their favorite teams and drivers around the track. The wait is now over, and the drivers, crew, and fans can finally get their fix of racing each week. Before the season even starts, people are already looking ahead to which team and driver they will cheer for this year. It’s enough to make you nostalgic for those heady early morning hours before the sun rose, when you wouldn’t mind staying up all night just to see who would win the race.
Which Season Is Better, Spring Or Fall?
Although the season may change, the weather in the Northeastern United States will always remain consistent: gloomy and cold in the spring and hot and humid in the fall. Even the summertime is tolerable if you’re not located in the south. While this may be good for those living and working in the area, it doesn’t make much difference for those who enjoy watching and participating in races. The only difference is that this year you’ll have to endure some of the most bitter cold in a long time, which could make for some interesting races!
The good news for those who love watching races is that the season is almost over. The bad news is that the winter is still raging outside, and that means you’ll have to wait until next year to see a race again. The only way for fans to avoid this frustration is by establishing a rotation system with their local TV stations and newspapers so they can get their fix of racing whenever they want it. This way, every Thursday night feels like a religious event for NASCAR fans, and that’s what makes it so special.
Rosters Are Nearly Maxed Out
One of the best things about the NASCAR is how closely the competitors are tied to one another. Teams and drivers are constantly swapping personnel, and teams are often running multiple cars for each race. This creates intense competition and a very close-knit community. However, this also means that the rosters for each race are nearly full, so you won’t necessarily see many new drivers and teams step into the sport. The good news is that this also means the sport will be filled with talented rookies who are eager to prove themselves. For those who love watching the talent development process, this can be a gold mine. For those who love a competition, this can be a frustrating time as you try to find a driver or team that you like.
There Are Many Rivalries In The NASCAR
While the sport of NASCAR has been around for years, it wasn’t until the early 1990s that the rivalries really took off. Thanks in large part to the wide array of TV options, fans have more access to opposing teams and players than ever before. This level of exposure has really taken the sport to the next level. It used to be that the rivalries were mainly between drivers from the South and the North, but now that teams from across the country are participating, these rivalries are taking on a different shape.
It was only a few years ago when Michael Bayley became the face of the NASCAR. The British auto racing driver achieved cult status after becoming a household name in the U.S. thanks to his aggressive driving and cocky attitude. Although many may remember him for his swagger, they also remember him for his skill behind the wheel. During his career, he racked up numerous wins and impressive pole positions. These days, Michael Bayley is probably best known for his rivalry with Dale Earnhardt Jr. That particular rivalry was ignited when Bayley was hired by Bobby and Donnie Shankle, the owners of the Hartsfield Motorsports Group, to drive for them in the 2001 season. Earnhardt was immediately irked by Bayley’s attitude and wanted nothing to do with him. This is one of the reasons behind the fact that Earnhardt didn’t attend Bayley’s wedding back in England.
Many Drivers’ Personal Touches Have Been Added To Their Cars
If you ask anyone who knows about NASCAR, the first thing that will come to mind is the racing. The drivers’ personalities definitely aren’t hurt either, with many adding a personal touch to their cars to add the final bit of flair. Whether it’s a team logo or the names of drivers or coaches, these days its almost impossible to come across a car that doesn’t belong to someone.
NASCAR Is Home To Many Families
One of the things that makes the NASCAR so endearing is its family-friendly atmosphere. In an age where many sports have been criticized for being too violent, NASCAR is often credited with creating the family-friendly category, and for good reason. While there have been some incidents where drivers and/or staff have gotten a little too physical during a race, the vast, vast majority of the participants are here to have a good time and to compete hard. This is an atmosphere that has attracted many new families into the sport, as well as old ones who want to bring their kids along for the experience.
The Crowds Are Very Loyal
When you think about NASCAR, the first thing that may come to mind is the fans. After all, without them there wouldn’t be any NASCAR. Despite the relatively unknown sport, NASCAR has one of the most devoted fan bases in all of professional sports. This is mainly due to the fact that the fans know exactly what they’re getting into when they purchase a ticket to a NASCAR race. The violence that takes place on the track is certainly part of the sport, and it is something that many spectators find exciting and entertaining. Although tickets may be relatively cheap, the cost of gas, food, and parking can add up. The loyalty of the fans is definitely worth it.
The Grandstands Are Extensive
One of the best things about the NASCAR is its grandstands. Unlike many sports, where the stands are mainly located in the middle of the field, the majority of the stands in the NASCAR are located on the track! The reason for this is to make room for the paddock, which is where the teams and drivers eat, sleep, and breathe. The stands on the track offer an incredible view of the entire race, and the closer you get to the front, the better. It’s an intimate connection to the sport that you wouldn’t experience anywhere else.
NASCAR Is One Of The Most Stable Sports
Another thing that makes the NASCAR so attractive is its status as one of the most stable sports. This is largely due to the fact that there is little to no competition in NASCAR other than the occasional series for off-road races. Even when the series does have competition, the effect is relatively minimal. A perfect example of this is the Xfinity Series, where the races are held concurrently with those in the NFL. Despite this, the sport has maintained its popularity, partly due to the relatively low level of competition. The industry standard for stability is usually measured by the amount of sponsorships a team or driver can secure. In a sense, NASCAR has achieved this standard, as it has been able to retain sponsorships since the inception of the sport in 1948. The only two exceptions to this were in the early 2000s, when the sport lost several prominent sponsors due to the economic slowdown at the time. Nevertheless, even now, NASCAR has managed to secure prominent sponsorships, including those of the large automakers, whom it wouldn’t be surprising to see again given the success of the recent automotive industry.
It’s been a while since the last entry, folks. As you may have guessed, it’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of things. Between work, studying, and being a full-time student athlete, finding the time to write an article has been difficult. Hopefully, this article has been insightful and given you a clearer picture of NASCAR as a whole. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or in the comments below.