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How NASCAR Ruined Super Speedway Racing

Today's 2 by 2 - Courtesy Jerry Markland/NASCAR Images

I’ve never demonstrated skills at being a sports writer, as you’ll see, and I’ve always wondered how one stays inspired, but I was inspired by the recent weekend of racing.

Two-car, stupid racing. Fake drama. Fake cars. Bring back the showroom cars. Get rid of the generic.Fake drama. They say non-stop drama. Bad for them. There’s no action until the checkered flag. Well, the white flag. They are selling the advertising by spitting soup about generic vehicles without personalities. They speculate on motive, on mistakes, on strategy problems, but at Talladega these days, it’s only luck. The only skill is tuning your radio and not closing your eyes. They say “Sunoco Fuel” instead of fuel for more money. Thus, I hate Sunoco. Two by two is dull. Dull, dull, dull. The announcers try to tell you that someone is pulling away, but they are full of shit. No one ever pulls away. There’s no racing. It’s ESPN trying to make money on racing that NASCAR has ruined. “We’ve seen that countless times before, about five or six.” Define countless? five or six if you are selling boredom. “Look at this crowd. Not one person is seated.” I saw one. “Listen to the crowd – They’re lovin’ this.” No, they’re not. They’re getting drunk on the shit you guys are selling.

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  1. #1 by Jamie Dedes on April 18, 2011 - 2:57 am

    I don’t watch, so I have no basis for comparison. Strong feelings expressed though and probably right on target.

    • #2 by Carl on April 18, 2011 - 10:07 pm

      It was a fun play with wrecking the sports editorial.

  2. #3 by carldagostino on April 18, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    I put this stuff below golf and wrestling. And yet millions are mesmerized and enthralled. You can’t run for president these days without a good many photo ops at these affairs. Dopey vapid morons. Yes, I am judgmental. On the other hand I am sure many would say this about baseball for which I am a moderate fan.

    • #4 by Carl on April 18, 2011 - 10:11 pm

      Good auto racing is pure human drama. Man against machines and other men with millions of variables. I think I like the variables along with the emotions. Baseball has its own niceties, speed not being one of them. Bowling is the one I don’t get because it’s too easy for the pros.

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