Hey NASCAR fans, I need your help.
Here’s my dilemma. I’ve never been a fan of NASCAR. Never got what it was that could make an individual want to sit in the stands for hours on end while cars went around in a circle, but then something strange happened - inexplicably, my five-year-old son developed an intense passion for NASCAR.
I don’t know where this came from. My wife isn’t into NASCAR, and as I’ve already said, neither am I. But there’s my little spittin’ image extolling the virtues of Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jimmy Johnson. Who? What? The number 8 car? What in the hell are you talking about kid?
Just yesterday, my wife and I found ourselves sitting on our couch watching the last 30 or so laps of the Auto Club 500. My little one has all of his NASCAR Match Box/Hot Wheels cars laid out in front of him on a track he and his grandmother made, mimicking what he’s seeing on the screen. Well as much as he could anyway, he doesn’t have all the cars, just his favorites for now. Let me tell you - he was down-right heartbroken that Earnhardt, Jr. didn’t place well and that Stewart wasn’t in first but I reckon that just comes with the territory of being a sports fan.
Anyway, here’s what I’m asking for. Tell me. Tell me what it is that you see in this sport, what really makes it worth watching for you. I want to be able to enjoy this with my son and have an intelligent conversation with him on the same level that I’m able to talk baseball with my wife and others. What draws you in, what should I be paying attention to? What are the nuisances that really make or break a driver during the race?
I am loathe to become what I despise in those who berate soccer – no knowledge of the sport and bashing it simply for reasons of prejudice and ignorance. So all you NASCAR fans out there, enlighten me, bring me into your sport, make me a fan!