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    Default Daytona 500

    Look for me on the center of the back stretch about 10 rows from the top. I will be wearing the Dale Jarret hat.

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    Look for me in front of the TV pulling for the Number 10 Dodge Charger.
    Just know, I chose my own fate. I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.

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    I'll be parked in front of my TV too, only I'll be cheerin for Bobby Labonte in his new ride, the #43 Petty Enterprises Dodge. Can't wait, if the twin 150's were any indicator as to how the 500 will go it's going to be a very exciting race.

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    I'll be in front of the TV as usual, go Dale JR. !!!!!!! Sounds like the bud shootout was somethin else, wished i coulda watched that one.

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    Go Hendrick's teams. Not much of a Kyle Busch fan but he is employed by my group.
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    Could somone explain me to how NASCAR works> Quite frankly I can't understand how it works,
    To me if I want to watch cars drive around in a circle for hours I'll go to the mall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monrovia1
    Could somone explain me to how NASCAR works> Quite frankly I can't understand how it works,
    To me if I want to watch cars drive around in a circle for hours I'll go to the mall

    It works like any other race, the first person to cross the finish line wins.
    Just know, I chose my own fate. I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.

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    Default Cold and wet

    Yes, it was cold, windy and wet at the top of the super stretch. Busch race on Saturday was warm and nice. Both sure beat the eight degrees in Michigan so I won't complain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monrovia1
    Could somone explain me to how NASCAR works> Quite frankly I can't understand how it works,
    To me if I want to watch cars drive around in a circle for hours I'll go to the mall
    If you can explain to me why people watch overpaid cry babies play the numerous different "ball" sports....and consider some of them "heros".
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    Default Oh, Yes, The ball sports

    Can any of them change four tires, fill the car with fuel, make a track bar adjustment and clean the windshield in 15 seconds?

    And then take time to sign autographs and talk with fans.

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    NASCAR is like some kind of car race, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    NASCAR is like some kind of car race, right?
    Yes. Lots of folks that are into ball sports don't get it. Maybe its because the competitors tend to:

    Respect the country, flag, etc.

    Never half-***** a game because they just ain't into it today.

    Shun substance abuse. In fact, NASCAR just banned a driver for life for weeing hot.

    Don't hold out for more money. I have a T-Shirt from the early 90s, when a MLB work stoppage cancelled the postseason. It has three lines:

    NASCAR RACING
    NO STRIKES
    ALL BALLS

    Finally, in this game it is ALL about performance. Go fast or go home.

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    Just another boring race. With restrictors plates all you have is 40+ cars bunched together going around in a left turn posture for 500 miles. Everyone is poised for the BIG WRECK!

    Get to the 1 mile or smaller tracks and get to bumping and grinding.
    That is a car race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer
    Just another boring race. With restrictors plates all you have is 40+ cars bunched together going around in a left turn posture for 500 miles. Everyone is poised for the BIG WRECK!

    Get to the 1 mile or smaller tracks and get to bumping and grinding.
    That is a car race.
    Cap,

    I agree that the best racing is on the short tracks. Rockingham, North Wilkesboro and Nashville were better shows than most Kansas, California, and the other cookie cutter races but don't blame the plate for the tight packs at Talladega and Daytona.

    I've been going to Talladega races in person since the middle 70s and the racing doesn't look substantially different. The thing is, you don't have too many drivers around that drove non-plate races. They moan about the plates and then fans (most of which are new to the sport) pick up the mantra. You had big crashes back in the day too. I didn some quick research. These are the numbers from pre-plate races and they don't reflect cars that were damaged and continued, only those knocked out of the event.

    1973 - 18 cars on lap 10
    1975 - 5 cars on lap 6
    1979 - 10 cars on lap 4
    1981 - 7 cars on lap 1
    1983 spring race - 8 cars on lap 70
    1983 fall race - 6 cars on lap 1
    1986 - 7 cars on lap 159

    That's a big crash every couple of years. These stats also are telling in another way - look how early the wrecks happened. The biggest cause today is reliability. Again, 'back in the day', by halfway in the event at least a quarter of the field was out of the event due to some mechanical failure and another one-quarter to one-third was running off the pace for the same reason. By the last 20 laps, there were often less than 10 cars on the lead lap. The result was that when the pressure to pass and win really hit, the number of drivers available to play bumper cars was significantly reduced. In today's events, not only are almost all the cars running at the end most are on the lead lap and every one thinks he is one brilliant move away from winning the race. There's really only one result - lots of torn up racecars. If you took the plates off, the same thing would happen at 215 MPH and people would get killed regularly. I was there when Bobby Allison crashed and caused the plates to come back - I was also at a 1/2 mile track in New Smyrna, FL in 1984 when a late model flipped into the grandstands. Trust me, you don't want to see that on live TV.

    Finally, notice I said Bobby Allison 'reintroduced' restrictor plates. Most of today's drivers and fans probably have no idea that NASCAR used them at Michigan in the early 1970s.

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    One thing I've noticed is that that NASCAR is like country music, its easy for the yokels to pick on and shun.
    Just know, I chose my own fate. I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEEPBACK200FEET
    One thing I've noticed is that that NASCAR is like country music, its easy for the yokels to pick on and shun.

    Yeah? What is that suppose to mean?
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    Tell me you've never heard NASCAR being called strictly a redneck sport.
    Just know, I chose my own fate. I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.

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    Isn't "yokel" another name for redneck? Of which they wouldn't pick on racing or country music! Just my thought....the only ones that do pick on it more are the yuppies, d*nks (double income no kids), and "hip-hoppers".
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    Yea, yuppies, thats what I meant. Thanks for picking up on that. No, they'd never understand what its like to do 200+ for 4 hours in a 130 degree race car. Most of them couldnt do 30 minutes on a country road in a 1972 Chevy with no A/C.
    Just know, I chose my own fate. I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.

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