NASCAR 2009
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14818) 12 years ago
Only 8 days until the Daytona 500.

I am hoping that David Reagan in the #6 UPS/AAA Ford Fusion does well this year! #99 Carl Edwards is going to be a handful.
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
Can someone please explain to me the thrill you get in seeing a bunch of cars going around in a big circle? I just don't get NASCAR at all.

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Posted by mb (+286) 12 years ago
Kyle Busch is going to run away with it this year! I do like Carl Edwards also.
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Posted by Chad (+1758) 12 years ago
http://wiki.answers.com/Q...CAR_stupid

I'm with the NASCAR is stupid crowd.

I do absolutely enjoy auto racing, any form EXCEPT NASCAR. I like drag racing, road racing, demo derbies, F1, USAC, dirts, etc., just not NASCAR.

All the hype, the dog and pony show stuff, NASCAR is just dumb. And for God's sake, I hope the Miles City Star gets rid of the stupid NASCAR page that runs all year round! Good grief. How about covering some of the other sports or at least some of the other racing if you're bent on a racing page- get the results from the tracks in Montana where we might actually know someone that's racing.

The only NASCAR races I enjoy are the ones on road courses where they have to turn both directions.
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Posted by Schmitz - Matt (+408) 12 years ago
I can't bet against Jimmy Johnson until somebody knocks him off his very tall pedestal. Having said that, I will be happy after Homestead next fall if any of the Hendrick drivers walk with the big trophy again. I really dislike Kyle Busch. He is a loud mouth, has never done anything wrong on a race track, just ask him, and just can't seem to finish a season strong. But there is no one, and I mean no one, that has that little punks driving skill. In my opinion, he has more pure racing ability than perhaps anyone that ever put on the helmet. If he can learn to control his mouth, and his temper, and realize that he is not going to win every race, he could absolutely rule NASCAR for the foreseeable future. I hope he doesn't, but I think he could be that good.
Carl Rdwards will certainly be a force again.
I expect Tony Stewart will fall flat on his face with his new team this year. And that could hurt, with him now weighing about 700 lbs. Lay off the pizza Tony. Your car will be faster.
I very much look forward to this and every NASCAR season. I can't throw a football 65 yards, nor can I dunk a basketball anymore. And I never could throw a 96 mph fastball, with movement. But I can drive a car, and that, for some strange reason makes these drivers a little more human than most athletes. And yes they are athletes. Any endeavor that causes one to lose 15 pounds in a few hours requires all the endurance of a "real" athlete.

[This message has been edited by Schmitz - Matt (edited 2/6/2009).]
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14818) 12 years ago
Kyle: If your think about it NASCAR is a lot like MC.com. I like NASCAR for all of the personalities, personalities that sometimes clash and crash. I like NASCAR for all the strategy. I like the Ford -vs- Chevy -vs- Dodge -vs- Toyota augments. For example, Kyle Bush was running away with everything early last season. NASCAR made JGR reduce the hight of the restrictor plate in the carb which gave the engine 30 less HP. After that he didn't do so well. There is a lot of engine and safety technology we now enjoy in our automobiles that is the result of NASCAR.

It is also relaxing to just sit on a spring sunday afternoon and veg with a pint of Guinness. It is a lot more than watching a bunch of cars go around in a large circle.

[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr (edited 2/7/2009).]
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Posted by hilinetransplant (+124) 12 years ago
Richard, your absolutely right! And it is the most popular motor sport period! Can't dispute the facts.
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
I know there are a couple of guys from Washington who are supposed to be really good. Kasey Kahne is one but I can't think of the other.
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Posted by Chris Gamrath (+380) 12 years ago
To those who say NASCAR isn't a sport and requires nothing except a red neck and a beer can.... try this out.

Get 42 of your closest frieds. Each of you get a car that will turn about 9,000 rpms and run 185 to 190 m.p.h, find a big "circle", as you call it, and all start driving as fast as you can. Drive for 500 miles this way and don't let anyone get more then 2 or 3 seconds ahead or behind you. Most importantly, pass everyone else and don't let anyone pass you.

I'm guessing your race will last..... about half a lap.

GO GO GORDON!
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6020) 12 years ago
NASCAR is ...

stupid "Fun for all ages!"

a circle-jerk "Men driving in circles REALLY FAST!"

redneck foreplay "White-trashTASTIC! HooBoySumBi**h!"

drool-inducing "Mindless entertainment!"

um ... mindless, uh, entertainment "A thinking person's game."

biochemically no different than huffing gas "MMM ... Intoxicating!"

... a sport.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16811) 12 years ago
Personally, I am a Ricky Rudd fan, myself. Goes with being a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1887) 12 years ago
I lost interest when Penile Discharge, I mean Dick Trickle, retired.
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Posted by Schmitz - Matt (+408) 12 years ago
Hey Kyle. I think Greg Biffle is the other driver from the Northwest. Don't fillet me on that if I am wrong, but I think thats him.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14818) 12 years ago
Yup. It's the Biff.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4455) 12 years ago
I like Tony Stewart because he might punch someone in the face
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6171) 12 years ago
NASCAR racers are weenies. Real men race dirt bikes!
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Posted by Schmitz - Matt (+408) 12 years ago
Weenies? Driving over 190 mph, with Kyle Busch behind you qualifies one for hero status. I know kids under 5 years old that ride dirt bikes.
Not that dirt bike ridin isn't dangerous. I see that Jeremy Lusk died early today in Costa Rica. Came up short on his back flip and perished. Certainly not weenie behavior.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6020) 12 years ago
Weenies, dumbasses - what's the difference?
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Posted by Chad (+1758) 12 years ago
I would not say the drivers lack talent, but the race is more a matter of attrition than driver performance. As with any form of racing there is a fair amount of luck involved as well- are you just ahead of the big crash or just behind it? If you're just behind it, you'll probably end up among it.

I'd compare it this way- when the IROC series was still in action the overall dominant drivers were road racers- F1, Indy, GT, GTP drivers, not NASCAR. The NASCAR guys did okay on ovals, but even there the winners were often road racers.

The other thing about NASCAR is it's way male dominated. While this is true of most racing, the good ol' boys at NASCAR have gone out of their way to keep women out. Other forms of racing have had and do have women involved and I think it adds to the sport. It also adds to the fan base. Girls can cheer for a girl instead of ogling over some 5'-2" 135 lb. runt in a fruit loops uniform driving the Frosted Flakes car.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6171) 12 years ago
Oops. My apologies. I did not mean weenies; I meant girly-men.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14818) 12 years ago
[b]GENTLEMAN.... START YOUR ENGINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14818) 12 years ago
Well, it was an anti-climatic finish. but at least a First On Race Day won. My guy #6 finished 6th. Dale Jr is a jerk, deserving of a LARGE fine.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6020) 12 years ago
Yawn.

Was there some sort of race today?
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1887) 12 years ago
Chad - I'm not a huge fan of Nascar myself but I have to disagree with your "luck" statement. If winning was based mostly on luck and attrition, you wouldn't have many superstars like Stewart, Petty, etc. That is unless you have REALLY BAD luck like Earnhardt.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6171) 12 years ago
What? Did the girly-men get all dressed up in their fancy clothes and have a little contest today? Sorry I missed it.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14818) 12 years ago
Well, another with for the #17 car, Matt Kenseth and the First On Race Day Fusion.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14818) 11 years ago
FINALLY we got a backflip in the nationwide.
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