Is it just me, or is NASCAR really boring?

Is it just me, or is NASCAR really boring?

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v8thunder

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27,646 posts

261 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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Saw a bit on telly the other night. The American press rave about it but so far as I see it it's just a load of pretty identical cars being driven round in circles for 500 laps. Looks like the sort of racing you could still do if you fell asleep at the wheel. Just highlights how exciting even a dull F1 race is in comparison.

RichB

52,132 posts

287 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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Yep it's really boring.

Mr E

21,875 posts

262 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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RichB said:
Yep it's really boring.


Until someone spears a wall at 220mph and all his mates pile into him.

v8thunder

Original Poster:

27,646 posts

261 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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But you have to keep yourself awake for two hours before that happens.

jsr

1,155 posts

253 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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I was in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago and went to see a local Nascar event at the Las Vegas Speedway. It was really enjoyable - a lot more interesting than watching it on tv.

Just hearing the cars was exciting enough. Add in some crashes and a lot of overtaking and you get a very exciting event.

I would assume a proper 500 lap race could get a bit tedious though!

v8thunder

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27,646 posts

261 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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It was probably pretty goo in the '60s, with Chargers, 'cudas and the like, that would have trouble turning even gentle oval bends, but nowadays it looks like a mobile Chevrolet forecourt full of rather dull looking saloons with their doors welded shut.

Nick P

29,977 posts

254 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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left a bit...turn left a bit.....straight on....left a bit......straight on...left a bit.....(repeat up to 200 times)

ninjaboy

2,525 posts

253 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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nascar and ascar at rockingham are all very boring, i think the british like a bit more skill in our motorsport.

condor

8,837 posts

251 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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I have to say ...I don't agree.

...though takes time to learn all the drivers and team names...when you've done that ...makes it more enjoyable

I get it on late night TV...so, I just wind down with it and a few drinks


uriel

3,244 posts

254 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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I think it's cool. It took me a while though. I used to work a crappy shift and used to get home around midnight and would be wide awake. It led to lots of late night TV. At first it was boring, just loads of cars going round and round, but after a while you pick up on strategies and you can tell the driving styles of the different drivers and you realise the difficulty of gaining places and it becomes good.

But then the same thin happend with American Football. At first it was like a crap stop/start game of rugby with armour, but after a while once you get exactly what's going on it becomes a great game.

FourWheelDrift

88,949 posts

287 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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It is if your doing the driving. Imagine driving round a corner at the limit then add one car in front of you that your trying to overtake whilst trying to keep another behind you trying to do the same to you.

Add cars sometimes either side of you on the bigger superspeedways and it certainly get's your attention. Although in recent years it has been dulled by restrictions which turn most races into last lap sprints which has made it dull for the spectator unless you're a moonshined-up good 'ole boy from Alabama. In which case just the spectacle of seeing a "horseless carriage" and people completely unrelated to you is enough to get you excited.

gopher

5,160 posts

262 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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Just spent 3 weeks in the states and when looking for motorsport on the tv this was just about all I could find.

I don't doubt driving it might be fun, but watching it made the most boring f1 parade feel like a world cup final between England and Germany, I tried, honest I tried, but no, lots of cars looking very similar, doing very similar speeds around a very similar corner , having the occasional very similar crash - I honestly don't get it.

Budweiser(sp?) were promoting themselves quite a bit with their heavily sponsered Nascars and I noticed the bodies look plastic, anyone know if this is the case?

FourWheelDrift

88,949 posts

287 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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Metal bodies on the cars

condor

8,837 posts

251 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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Check out the site to learn more

www.nascar.com

This year I've watched some really exciting races finishes

gopher

5,160 posts

262 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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FourWheelDrift said:
Metal bodies on the cars


they do look very plastic, mainly becuase they appear to have no panels and cut outs for lights etc - also no suggestion of doors being welded as the were only grooves where you would expect a gap. do they use one piece pressings or maybe I was looking at an advertising gimmick?

FourWheelDrift

88,949 posts

287 months

Thursday 11th September 2003
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It's just thin sheet metal used as a body shell, the oly section in it that moves is the bonnet. When they get damaged all they do is cut away the damage and send them back out. Metal is better than carbon fibre or plastic that could shatter as it poses a lesser problem of puncturing tyres than metal. It's also part of the "cheaper" aspect of running a Nascar.

All the metal bodies have to comply with technical regulations regarding dimensions.

GavinPearson

5,715 posts

254 months

Friday 12th September 2003
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It's boring. Boring, boring boring. I have even seen it live on a hot summer's day at Michigan International Speedway courtesy of a suplier and the only thing vaguely interesting was thr choice of free drinks and ice cream. We left eatly.

Ridiculously boring way of spending a day. But interesting compared to American football.

kevinday

11,753 posts

283 months

Friday 12th September 2003
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condor said:
This year I've watched some really exciting races finishes


So why do they need the 200-odd laps before that, why not just have a 5 lap race in the first place?

lotusfan

593 posts

269 months

Friday 12th September 2003
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It does strike me as strange that a country notorious for making cars that don't corner should put so much into a motorsport formula that is only corners!

I must admit that I do enjoy cart(when its on a track rather than an oval) and transam racing but the round and round (and round) type of race bores me senseless.

for good racing fun you can't beat aussie V8 brutes and supercars

condor

8,837 posts

251 months

Friday 12th September 2003
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kevinday said:

condor said:
This year I've watched some really exciting races finishes



So why do they need the 200-odd laps before that, why not just have a 5 lap race in the first place?


They need to get in mandatory pit stops