If you’re anything like me, you’re sick of people asking you why you watch NASCAR or Formula 1 or whatever satiates your need for speed the most. It’s not like I ask my friends why they like watching a bunch of guys standing around on a baseball field for three hours. To each his own, right?
Anyway, I decided I’d had enough of the constant harassment and figured I’d put together a list of five solid reasons as to why racing cars is more important than ever:
1. Trickle-Down Technology
The goal of racing, for the drivers and their teams at least, is to win a race. To do this, engineers and designers are constantly trying to devise cars that are faster, have more torque and even have better lights. Car manufacturers such as Audi and Porsche are constantly trying to build better machines. For example, Audi debuted a racecar that had LED lighting way back in 2011. Fast forward to this year, and the R18 E-tron features laser lights, something drivers say significantly enhances visibility. These benefits ultimately get passed down to the cars regular guys like you and I drive.
2. Enhanced Safety Measures
In today’s nanny state that is America, it’d be hard to have a sport keep existing if racecar drivers were perishing every few weeks on the track. Sure, accidents happen from time to time, but it’s pretty amazing when you stop to think about how few deaths there actually are on the racetrack. That’s because car manufacturers work to make their cars safe as can be. And like the technology that trickles down, so too do the safety features.
3. It’s Thrilling
Of course, if you’ve never been to a track to see a race, there’s a good chance you won’t understand it. But being there on the track — and hearing the cars whizz and whirr for hours on end — is something entirely different. Those sounds will never be adequately captured on television. So if you’ve never seen it, you can’t knock it. Simple as that.
4. It’s an Escape for Fans
Back to baseball: Pretty sweet sport you guys got there, right? Bunch of overweight dudes running slower than leaky faucets, “adjusting” themselves and slapping buttocks? Of course, baseball is the American pastime. I don’t knock on it. I watch racing because it’s even more entertaining. Just like any other form of entertainment, it helps me escape. What’s wrong with that?
5. Lots and Lots of Money
OK, at the very least, you can always talk about the economy. Believe it or not, NASCAR alone generated $3.1 billion in 2013. That’s a lot of money, and it pays a lot of people — not to mention while helping our government collect a whole lot of tax revenue. When you really stop to think about it, racing fan or otherwise, the country really relies on the industry, like it or not.
Hopefully you can keep some of these tips in mind so that, the next time one of your buddies invariably gives you a hard time, you’ll have the ammunition to put him in his place. Good luck!
Article submitted by Scott Huntington
Jimmie Johnson was on a roll on Sunday, holding the lead in 119 laps of the 334 lap AAA Texas 500 and taking the checkered flag. Johnson missed making the list of eight drivers competing in the Eliminator Round of this year’s NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, but his win was his third consecutive victory in the AAA Texas 500 and his fourth in total as he had previously won the event in 2007, 2012 and 2013, each time for Hendrick Motorsports. It was also his fourth win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, his other three being the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, the Fedex 400 at Dover Speedway on June 1, and the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson’s victory on Sunday also means that none of the eight Eliminator Round contenders – Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth – were able to clinch a sure spot in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, a situation which is likely to keep the competitive spirit at fever pitch.
Matt Kenseth set off in the lead in the AAA Texas 500, but Johnson dominated the race. He was challenged by teammate Jeff Gordon who took the lead for a time, but Johnson surged ahead after the caution flag on Lap 245. With the caution in Lap 260 Brad Keselowski made his way to the front, holding Gordon back for several laps. More caution flags resulted in Kewselowski dropping back and Johnson took the lead after struggling to get past Kurt Busch. In Lap 313 Kasey Kahne spun out, raising another caution, with Johnson reclaiming the lead only to lose it to Jeff Gordon. When Clint Bowyer hit the wall and the 12th caution of the race came out, Johnson took the lead, battling with Keselowski who was passed by Kevin Harvick as the race drew to a close.
The final results in the AAA Texas 500 were:
1. Jimmie Johnson – #48 Chevrolet
2. Kevin Harvick – #4 Chevrolet
3. Brad Keselowski – #2 Ford
4. Kyle Busch – #18 Toyota
5. Jamie McMurray – #1 Chevrolet