You might think this title was just a hook to get you to read it, that I’d morph this into another piece offering, (what I hope is) constructive criticism of NASCAR. Well you’d be wrong. Today I’m going to pick up the pom-poms, put on my rose colored glasses, hell, make that my rose colored welder’s goggles, and try to focus on what’s RIGHT with NASCAR.
You might also think that this is because Tony Stewart has laid NASCAR’s current troubles at the feet of the media- who follow and write about the sport. I’m such an insignificant part of this that what I think (to quote the Old Pea Picker) "won’t even kick their battery needle". However, I happen to disagree with Mr. Stewart. If the people who write about the sport turn into Syncopates then what anyone writes won’t matter because the fans would stop reading.
The reason I’m writing this is because of Vickie. At Bump-Drafts, we listen to our readers, and Vickie, you make a valid point about the negativity of the long time fans dragging you down.So today I want to take a look at what’s right with NASCAR. Besides, I don’t want to be known as "A Nattering Nabob of Negativism". If you can place that quote, you’ve won absolutely nothing, but the satisfaction that your mind still works.
First and foremost, are the fans. Pat yourself on the back. If you care enough, and are devoted enough to be reading about and following the sport, even though you might not agree with everything that’s going on- that puts you in a special category. As I’ve said, "we’re the keepers of the flame".
To extend this thought, instead of focusing on the empty seats, let’s focus on the full ones. At most every race, the crowd is the largest one to view a sporting event in the state. No small feat. The fans have a tremendous financial impact on the entire area. I could digress, and get negative about room, prices, and etc. but rose colored goggles prevent it.
The TV numbers are never going to be on par with the NFL. The Chase is never going to be up there with the interest generated by March Madness, but these are really unfair comparisons. Make no mistake, this is still a major sport, and if it’s measured against any other similar sport, there’s really no contest.
Next is the racing itself. Being personally acquainted with some racers who have been seriously injured or killed because of their love of the sport, this is of tremendous importance to me. NASCAR, at the Cup level, has never been safer.
The point has been made that in what many of us consider the "Golden Age," many times only a car or two finished on the lead lap with the winner occasionally lapping the entire field. A quick perusal of Racing Reference bears that out. Today, thanks to the Free Pass, and the Wave Around, your favorite driver has a much better chance to get back in the hunt. Thank you Goggles.
The new restart format has done what it was designed to do- that’s stimulate the action. Another thing is the multiple Green White Wreckers, oops, make that Checkers, finishes. We might not always care for the outcome of it, as it pertains to our favorite drivers, but we can’t deny that it does what it’s supposed to.
Cup is by far the most popular racing series in the country, and if it had the international fields that F1 has, it would probably be the number one world wide. Probably, every professional driver in the country would love to have a secure seat in Cup. That has to say something.
It’s really pretty easy to find things we’d like to see changed about this sport we’re so passionate about, but it’s also easy to find thing we like about. If we couldn’t we’d have moved on to the next big thing, like so many others have done. If you need a little help, you can always click on nascar.com, go to products, select Rose Colored Goggles, and BINGO your outlook will instantly improve. At only $49.95, plus shipping and handling, it’s a deal. To quote Maxwell Smart, "Sorry about that," it just slipped out.
Seriously, for the improvements that we’d love to see made, I have to admit that they’re still doing enough right to keep us on the wagon. Thanks Vickie, for pointing out what I should have seen on my own.