As I type, I’m watching the pre-show for The Great American Race… the Daytona 500… the start of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Season.
From now until mid-November on Sunday afternoons (although occasionally Saturday nights), our living room will be filled with the sounds of racecars going an average of 150 mph. This season, however, will be different from the previous ones, though, because Hubby’s chosen driver — Rusty Wallace — retired last year. Watching him watch the race won’t be the same because he’s probably not going to be on the edge of his seat near he end of the race yelling, “Come on, Rusty! Come on!”
But don’t misunderstand, this post isn’t a complaint one. I don’t really mind watching “cars drive around in a circle,” but I also don’t watch to see wrecks either. I watch because there are some exciting moments. I have found myself wincing as someone squeezed between two other cars just before going three- or four-wide in the corner.
I’ll admit that chills ran down my spine when I heard that Dale Earnhardt (Sr.) was killed in that car crash five years ago. I’ll admit that I teared up just a few months later when his son Dale Earnharndt, Jr. (mainly referred to as “Junior”) won the July race at the same track.
For this sport — and yes, I do think of it as a sport — I like to quote Hubby who says that this sport doesn’t tolerate drivers who break the law. You wouldn’t hear of a driver being connected to a murder or a sexual assault, because these drivers know that there are hundreds of people wating in line to take their place. The few drivers who have been stupid enough to fail drug tests or drive under the influence off the track were immediately pulled out of their respective cars. Kurt Busch, while not charged last year with a DUI, was taken out of his ride at the decision of the car owner and sponsor. Not even the series governing body.
There are worse vices that Hubby could have. This one is at least relatively free. At least he doesn’t play golf.
And hey, Bon Jovi’s doing a pre-race concert. How cool is that? 😀