Why I Am Done With NASCAR – It’s A Disgrace That’s Why

Time to put your big boy pants on because today I am ticked. I am going to post an editorial that will probably cost me readers. Good. If you’re a NASCAR fan after yesterday’s fiasco, I couldn’t care less if you read my site or not. It’s time to take a stand.

Don’t you dare call what goes on in NASCAR racing, or sport or anything of the kind. It’s not. It’s a joke. It’s a ruse. It’s shameful. It’s a disgrace. It should be banned. And any company associated with it should be boycotted.

The latest fracas on a NASCAR track was the tipping point for me. You can read about this Jerry Springer moment here – http://on.msnbc.com/SW0B2p

Personally, this doesn’t represent any kind of racing I know. Fist fights seem to be the mainstay of NASCAR. Bullying folks, calling them names, threatening them and beating them. That’s what NASCAR represents today. It’s devolved into something where so-called “professional race car drivers” intentionally crash into each other – endangering themselves, the fans, the crews and the sport. It’s absurd and it’s garbage and it has no place in motorsports. It reminds me of the old Demolition Derby. (I apologize to Demolition Derby fans. It was unfair of me to taint that with a connection to NASCAR!)

I grew up in Indianapolis. NASCAR was always looked down upon there. I thought it was unfair. To me, back then, racing was racing. I went over to Europe to photograph Formula One. They looked down on Indy-car racing and even more so on NASCAR. Again, I thought it was unfair. To me, back then, racing was racing. I didn’t care if you ran top fuel, midgets, karts, open wheel – whatever. If you raced – I respected you and what you did. I looked up to racers. I wanted to be a racer. But after watching the fiasco that has developed over at NASCAR these last few years, I am done considering what happens on a NASCAR track racing. It’s not.┬áIn my Constitutionally-protected opinion it’s a bunch of hopped-up redneck thugs who seem to think they are stars in a badly-scripted B-Movie. Grown men, acting like 13-year-olds trying to prove theirs is bigger than the next guy’s. There seems to be more fighting than driving in NASCAR these days and the event in Phoenix is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

So from now on – if you’re involved with NASCAR, don’t tell me you’re into racing, or cars or motorsports or anything of the sort. Tell me you’re into thugs acting like thugs, throwing cheap punches at a minor league hockey game, desperate for attention and bound to lose because that’s obviously easier than learning how to act like a professional and drive a race car in such a way as to bring honor and glory to a sport that deserves both. Tell me you’re a washed up professional wrestler. Heck tell me you do UFC fighting. But don’t you dare call yourself a racer. You don’t deserve that title. It’s reserved for honorable people who pursue motor sports with a degree of decorum and sportsmanship. NASCAR can’t claim anything close.

If you’re a television network broadcasting this pablum, shame on you. If you’re a NASCAR sponsor shame on you too. I won’t do business with you. If you’re a NASCAR fan and you let your kids watch this crap, you should be reported to child services. If you’re an aspiring driver and you think NASCAR is for you – go to boxing school instead of racing school because it appears that the thugs have taken over and the race car drivers have all checked out.

What a disgrace.

7 thoughts on “Why I Am Done With NASCAR – It’s A Disgrace That’s Why

  1. Fights in NASCAR isn’t nothing new and if you don’t like it, turn the channel or don’t go! You’ve had since 1979 to figure out that NASCAR isn’t your cup-o-tea, so why rant now? This is some of the closest racing on the planet. F1 is so sterile and ridiculously expensive that I can’t see why anybody could like it. I’ve been watching NASCAR races since I was eight and would not hesitate to take my whole family to any race. It would be my opinion that your jealous that NASCAR has all the attention in motorsports. So I suppose team orders is racing?

    • Joel I let your comment through because you are a perfect example of the average NASCAR fan. Poor grammar, incomplete and incoherent sentences, and the conflation of what went on in 1979 with what happened yesterday. There’s nothing to be jealous of. NASCAR’s ratings (and finances) are falling like a rock. I am indeed turning the channel and encouraging anyone else who calls themselves a motor sports enthusiast to do the same.

      As for F1, I doubt you know the first thing about it and my rant comes now because the actions this weekend bordered on criminal. But hey – if that’s how you want to raise your kids that is your right. Just keep them the Hell away from me and any race track I might drive on.

  2. Check out the Australian V8 Supercar series to see great racing, professional drivers and teams, great com entry from guys that used to race in the category. No rednecks, no thuggery. But there are a few laughs. :-) They do race HARD, rubbing panels is OK, but ramming someone is not. Tempers do flare in the heat of the moment, but in all the years I’ve watched touring cars in Australia, I can only think of 3 or 4 “ugly” moments.

  3. I think the one thing that EVERYONE is missing in this whole WWF, err ahem, NASCAR mess is that Bowyer lost control of his car prior to contact with Gordon’s car. At about 4:25 in this video (I wish it was in slow motion) the trained eye can see Bowyers car begin to slide in the loose dirt, etc. so far out of the racing line. It is only after Bowyer loses control of his car that contact takes place (I am not justifying anyone’s actions at any point in the race). As Scott inferred, and as I have felt since, well, for the past twenty years at least, NASCAR drivers are a bunch of over-hyped cry babies. Real men race in the rain!

    • Jack this post wasn’t at all about who was at fault in the accident – although most everyone sees it differently than you – it’s about the thuggery that goes on and the fact that has nothing to do with racing. I don’t care who is at fault. There’s no place for brawls on a race track.

  4. Scott
    It seems to me that despite the fancy colors, and well spoken drivers, that NASCAR has not evolved much from their moonshiner roots.

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