America Start Your Engines

NASCAR is just crap now. I have stopped watching even though I really like auto racing.

Here's why NASCAR is merely boring now.

Posted by Donald Sensing at February 5, 2015 11:40 AM

NASCAR is dead. Pussy racing. Drivers are Hollywood show boys/girls.

Link below is racing done by real men.

Posted by Terry at February 5, 2015 12:22 PM

I'll pile on and agree. I describe today's NASCAR as cookie cutter drivers driving cookie cutter cars on cookie cutter race tracks.

Posted by BillH at February 5, 2015 12:37 PM

Not into NASACAR, but I loves Ron Swanson.

"Sure everybody in NASCAR gets a trophy. As long as they win the f-cking race."

Posted by CJ at February 5, 2015 1:20 PM

Hey you bobos, it rhymes with MASCAR -- BAR, Browning Automatic Rifle.

No wonder we think an examination that makes us laugh is a TestTickle!

Posted by Howard Nelson at February 5, 2015 4:47 PM

It's not about the race, it's about the ritual.

Posted by Van der Leun at February 5, 2015 5:06 PM

NBC, Williams, Sharpton...

A huge motorsports fan here. But NBC seems to have a stranglehold on much of the programming I (formerly) enjoyed. Witness the pathetic gushing over Hamilton in F1. I used to respect David Hobbs, as a driver and then commentator. Not so much anymore. Those with open eyes can see where this is going.

Posted by Will at February 6, 2015 6:34 AM

If it ain't over in 3 seconds it ain't worth watchin.

Posted by ghostsniper at February 6, 2015 6:57 AM

Stock Car Races. Nobody would know a hemi if it bit 'em in the ass. Local, county fame if that.
I remember Santa Fe Speedway south west of Chicago.
Stock cars which were usually put together in a guy's backyard, a swingset for the chain hoist, fenders bolted or welded or wired, whatever it took to keep 'em on.
Some of the guys would drive in to the track, their street cars y'unnerstand, except they opened up the Laker pipes.
Demolition Derbies, the guys that could drive thirty mph backwards usually won. Motorcycle races and if you didn't end up bleeding you weren't racing.

Same thing Hale's Corners up in Wisconsin, outside Milwaukee. The noise and dust and beer cans all over the bleachers, if somebody smelled weed they'd toss the jerk off the stands — head first or feet first, shrug.

This would be during the Fifties. Guys coming back from WWII, had the adrenalin jones, they rode motorcycles like P-51 Mustangs.
They put cars together on the Bonneville Salt Flats go a hunnert and fifty mph and everything vibrating loose.

These were the men that made America great. Today's racers are a milk and cookies crowd. No wonder we can't win a war anymore.
OK, Rant off.

Posted by chasmatic at February 6, 2015 7:12 AM

Chas, this one is for your enjoyment. It lasts 3 minutes but the ghost may enjoy it also.

Posted by Terry at February 6, 2015 9:07 AM

You can't drift if your foot ain't all the way in it. Guy across the road was one of the top sprint car drivers in the midwest in the 90's and 00's and has half a dozen of them sitting all over the front yard rusting. He keeps the best one inside, 1100 hp, and I keep trying to get him to let me take it down the road and so far I haven't gotten him drunk enough to let go of it. Yet.

If you've never seen it, check out Speedway bike racing. Now THAT stuff takes nutz. In the first corner half the racers go to the emergency room.

Posted by ghostsniper at February 6, 2015 2:40 PM

The intent of the post is cultural. The drivers, the fans, everyone from pit to perimeter is White.
Military jets fly over in salute, Army Golden Knights demonstrate for the audience,
and no other sport kicks off with a padre asking the blessing "in Christ's name".

You may not agree with these rites, but we may well be approaching Crunch Time, where you just might need a tribal affiliation.

The Problem is that the only culture most people have now is bacteria.

Posted by Friday Anon at February 6, 2015 4:24 PM

If Dick Trickle isn't on the grid, I'm not interested. Nascar partnering with the EPA? They've become a self-parody.

Posted by Mike at February 6, 2015 9:05 PM

It began when they took away the REAL tracks, i.e. Wilkesboro and Rockingham, etc. for the bigger venues..$$$ and the goofy little drivers now...sheesh. Been done. I live only 15 miles from the 'KING'..and 2 from Harvick. Many hardcore race fans in these parts have fallen away.

Posted by JoeDaddy at February 8, 2015 3:42 AM