Sunday, February 19, 2006

I Confess, I am a NASCAR fan!!

WAIT!! Do not change blogs so fast just because I like NASCAR!


I do not know how it started, but now I find myself 'sort of fix' to the tv watching cars go around in a loop, and listening to those flawless, powerful engines make their beautiful noise; YES beautiful, because if you have ever heard a bad engine sound, you can appreciate one where all it parts are working together. Or better yet, 'firing on all cylinders'! It is a great time for me to iron as it gives me the perfect combination of staying at one place, but at least doing something.

Maybe its the plethora of paints and color schemes in all 43 cars. Maybe its all the logos and advertisement; Miller Lite, Coors, UPS, FEDEX, Target, Viagra! Perhaps I am amazed at how a car can have a chassis adjustment, have all 4 tires changed, and being fuel in about 15 seconds, when it takes me half a day to a full day! Not only that, but how is it that one car can be faster than another car? Might be as simple as one of those small logo stickers out of place. On the other hand is amazing watching how any car can be slower at the beginning but yet be adjusted all through out a race to the point where it is the best car. That plus 500 miles of driving and cars within inches of each other at speeds of 180 mph +!

And what about the physics of car racing? If you draft, meaning get as close to the bumper of the car in front of you, you can actually make both cars go faster because it divides the friction of the air, and reduces the drag. The fastest car could be passed really easily if it does not have a 'friend' 'bum-drafting' from behind. And this theory makes for lost of stratergies and lots of strange bedfellows! Now, imagine what happens when a few cars get in a line one behind the other, the 'line' becomes a freight train! Do you understand now why birds fly in formation?


Today was the Daytona 500. Congratulations go to the 48 car! And that's lingo in NASCAR; you can refer to the cars, teams, driver, by just the number. Jimmy Johnson has been one of the most consistent drivers in the last couple of seasons. Sort of odd is the fact that this car is partly owned by another race car driver; running the 24 DuPont Car, Jeff Gordon. Jeff won the Daytona 500 last year! Jeff and Jimmy are mostly favored by fans that have discover NASCAR in the last few years. While fans who have been watching for a while support drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr (Budweiser #8 car) obviously for representing his father, Dale Earnhardt who won the championship cup in 7 different years. I do favor the 24/48. But, unlike many "junior" fans, I do not dislike him. I do not really dislike any of the drivers. Well, maybe with the exception of the guy that drives the Home Depot #20 car, who seems to me like the original 'anger management' client. Tony Stewart won the championship cup last year, and was milder than usual.Even likeable. However, in today's race he was back to form forcing one car onto the grass, and leaving his paint on two more.
NASCAR got to a good start, and I can not wait to follow more races throughout the year. Why you might ask? I have got no clue. All I know is that this puertorrican boy, who graduated from college, and is a business professional is hooked!! This is just to say that any prejudices you might have about NASCAR are not generally supported. Like the commercial says, 'This is not your dad's Chevy"!

7 Comments:

Blogger Sweetmiss said...

I am saddened that I am even writing this. Really, I am.

DH has been hooked on Nascar going on 2 years now. Like with any sport he watches I always end up knowing more about it than I want to.

Last night I watched the race and I am standing up for Tony Stewart, DH's fave driver. Tony has always believed in an eye for an eye. That kid knew if he messed with him then Tony would reciprocate. As Tony said "He started it, I just finished it."

To him this is now over, but DH has a feeling the other guy won't let it die.

Damn it, you have me defending a man in a sport I really don't even like. I normally fall asleep after the tenth lap.

If it helps, I think the M&M car is cute. I have no idea who drives it, but I just love the M&M's all over it. So darling.

Oh, as a foot note. The reason DH like Tony Stewart is because in FHM, Tony called Nascar the Redneck Mafia. Made DH laugh and got him interested.

Okay, now I'm going to pretend like I never wrote this.

Sweet

7:46 AM  
Blogger TMelendez said...

I am dying laughing Sweet!

First of all dear fans, it took Sweet a NASCAR post to finally comment again on my blog!! And she claims she cannot believe she is here talking about NASCAR! -- "My point of view" exactly!

ANd I LOVE the 38 car (the car only); or as you called it the M & M car!! That is Elliot Sadler.

And here is another confession; I went back to my childhood, and now IM collecting the cars (hot wheels size) which color scheme I like; including the Home Depot car driven by Tony Stewart. However, I have not gotten the 38 yet!

T

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Tony..

I finally read your blog today....it seems rather voyeuristic when you know the person....that's why I've been reluctant to do so...

Regarding NASCAR...I laughed out loud....I committed to doing nothing today...just sitting on the couch and resting ... so....today was the first day I have actually sat and watched an entire race. (While reading the LA Times and napping a bit)....NASCAR must be the only sport in the world that has ONLY white, male, southerners....no diversity at all..Talk about a "RED" sport....I do now understand more about the sport...have some appreciation...and I do love hypocrisy...."they love their sponsors..uh I mean their fans".. :)
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Thank for Mary for finally stopping by!

What a great point!! I die laughing when they recite the names of all their sponsors;
"Congratulations Joe Driver great run today"..
" thank you! It is only because my DuPont, Chevy, Pepsi, Nicorette, GMAC team worked really hard

2:34 PM  
Blogger Cheri said...

I'm not a NASCAR lover but I would love to get into one of those cars and do a few laps. The adrenaline, the rush....it must be amazing. Hey, nothing is wrong with NASCAR. It's very cool! I thought you were going to say you were into knitting or something!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I love Nascar......I really enjoy watching it....In the last 25 laps you never know what's going to happen!!!

Did you say Tony Stewart was milder last year??....LOL

And by the way....I'm a Tony Stewart fan....GOOOOO 20!!!!

2:09 AM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

You might be a redneck if you can remember the numbers on NASCAR cars and not your anniversary.

Interesting the verification code on the comments today is "gqbumps" - Hears Twilight Zone theme playing.

12:36 PM  
Blogger TMelendez said...

Oh Lord... two women supporting Tony Stewart... now wonder he gets very cocky!

9:09 PM  

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