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A Tribute to NASCAR

NASCAR RacersIf you are a racing snob and you think drivers should have names like Ludovico, Colin or Hans, I may have lost you today. Today, racing is about guys with names like Fireball, Junior, and even Tiny. It is the weekend when NASCAR kicks off the season with the classic on the beach – The Daytona 500.

NASCAR history is the stuff movies are made of. Bill France, Sr. organized a bunch of former bootleggers into one of the most profitable franchises in history. Then he built The Daytona Speedway back in 1959 and gave us the race we will all watch today. Maybe with historic results too. Kind of like Hilary running for President. We can’t cover the history of stock car racing in this space but go to Wikipedia and learn about the early days of the sport. It will make you appreciate today even more. And watch this silly (but cool) video for a few minutes – An Ode to Fireball Roberts. Very kitschy.

 

One Response to A Tribute to NASCAR

  1. Chuck says:

    Racing is racing. If its got internal combustion and straight pipes, I’m interested. I’m slowly getting used to the idea of diesel racing. What I may never adapt to is the day when it is all electric cars quietly squealing tires and rubbing fenders.

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