When the word NASCAR rings in one’s ears, the adrenalin inevitably starts pumping. That’s how enchanted Americans are with NASCAR racing. The diehard fans breathe, dream, talk and even dress-up like NASCAR.
It all started in 1948 when The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. was born. More than six decades later, it is just second to NFL. It is the No. 1 spectator sport – holding 17 of the top 20 highest-attended sporting events in the U.S., and is the No. 2-rated regular season sport on television. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in more than 30 languages. The fans are most brand-loyal. No wonder more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. Loyalists purchase more than $2 billion worth of licensed NASCAR products annually! It sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, with Head Quarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. But what is the reason that this sport commands such exaltation? Let’s find out.
The key factor is the thrill and rush that you get while watching 43 engines roaring to zoom right in front of you. You just wish it never ends. It is awesome to see people of varied preferences cheering for their bets yet having an air of camaraderie with other NASCAR fans. But, when the thrill of watching the race turns into watching a car crash, that’s the time when you see the patriotism and loyalty as each fan, irrespective of his favorite team, stands up, hoping and praying. But that’s a part and parcel of the game everybody’s prepared to see as the competition is undoubtedly tough. It demands accurate driving: either you hit a wall or you are likely to spin. Due to the competitive nature of the sport and the length of the races, it is possible to win a race even after starting at 43rd. The race grabbed headlines when Danica Patrick became the first woman to take pole position for the 500-mile race.
That’s a pretty long journey! Every track has a variety of dining options and food vendors and it undoubtedly includes what you crave for but you can always carry your own beer (now you know why we love NASCAR races).
Each racetrack offers different shapes and sizes. There are tracks shaped like paper clips (Martinsville), small ovals (Bristol), medium ovals (Michigan International Speedway), hangers (Pocono Raceway), twisted hangers (Infineon Raceway) and tri-ovals (Daytona).There’s no way the driver or the spectator would get bored. But, even if someone really gets fidgety, there’s always free access to any part of the garage. The access that this sport provides its fans is unmatched. The admiration is mutual.
During a trip to the stands, you might come across funnily, scantily, beautifully and loyally dressed up fans in all the hues you can ever imagine. The burst of colors will tickle your senses just like exciting competitions, celebrity performances and recital of national anthem would. Also, the merchandises sold during races will not let you sit straight.
In 1994, Papyrus Design Group released the first installation to the NASCAR Racing Series into the video game market. The game was a huge success. Series drivers regularly practiced for upcoming tracks using video games and often ended up winning the real one. Many of them let you choose an actual NASCAR driver and give out cups, just like in real life.