So far I've gathered that all these people believe NASCAR is full of rednecks and that whoever wins the race is decided by how fast their car is. True, NASCAR was founded in the Southeast and still has a very large following in that region. But it is now a worldwide sport. The majority of the races are outside of the Southeast and most of the drives are from North and out West.

As for the non tallent part. All of these guys have gone through intense training. In racing there is something called the traction circle theory. A tire has only a certain amount of traction and in order to go fast and win races you have to keep it on the edge of traction at all times. This means when you brake you have to brake as hard as you can without spinning the tires, then you back off the brakes and wheel it into the corner, eventually you are going to have to combine turning out of the corner and accelerating at all times not breaking traction. A good car certaintly helps to win races. Thats why Hendrick Motorsports is doing so well because they have fast cars. But you couldn't walk out there and hop in a fast car and win a race. You guys are used to BS driving on the highway and stuff like that, not pushing the car to its true limits. From that perspective I can see where you are coming from.

Now for the athlete side of things. Those cars average around 120 degress inside. You must have the mental ability to be able to concentrate on driving at all times and pay attention to several things at all times. You have to keep the car on the edge of traction, feel what the car is doing to improve it, watch other cars, anticipate those cars moves and where to go in a crash, as well as listen to your spotter or crew cheif. No sport out there requires as much knowledge as NASCAR. Many of the drivers now are actually engineers and all of them have great mechanical know how and are versed in most of the race car engineering theories.

I always use this example when people say NASCAR isn't a sport. SI writer Pat Riley was once one of those people who talked bad about NASCAR. Until he went to do the Richard Petty driving experience. He said it was the hardest and most athletic thing he'd ever experienced. Those cars in the turns are turning 3 G's, thats 3 times your weight! Your muslces are all tensed just trying to hold onto the steering wheel. Everything in the car is hard in order for you to be able to feel every move the car makes and ever sound, smell, or noise it creates. Riley went onto say that he believes NASCAR drivers are every bit as good as athletes as bikers if not better due to their ability to withstand heat that the average person could not stand for over 4 hours. CNN went on to do a report that found Carl Edwards averaged 10 pounds of weith loss in a race throughout the 2004 season and the report went onto say that "NASCAR drivers are the most fit athletes when it comes to withstanding extreme conditions." They also found that the drivers had "an unordinary mental capacity and ability to process many things all at once and instantly make a decision." That explains why most drivers are control freaks. Keep in mind this isn't your average Saturday night short track racer. Many of those guys don't feature these things. But the ones that make it to the top in NASCAR NExtel Cup racing are found to be very unordinary.
Tony Stewart is the only overweight NASCAR driver.
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Turning left in a Chevrolet for 4 hours.
Jim: What's on TV today?
Jim: Let's go to a movie.
by Capheine December 10, 2003
The official sport of in breeds, rednecks as well as white trash!
Look at all those WT at the NASCAR race!
by Piranha May 15, 2005
Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks
Jeff Gordon can be found in every Redneck's home. (NASCAR)
by Orff Bajsligan September 18, 2005
An event in which big car-shaped billboards, bearing the names of hundreds of corporations, are somehow driven around a track at very high speeds by smaller, human-shaped billboards
I don't understand how NASCAR does it. How do they get those billboards to go around the track so fast?
by agentsteve September 23, 2006

Coincedince? We think not.
The definition speaks for itself
by Ninjalo November 28, 2003
the only sport in the world that can completely empty out a Wal-Mart store of all people on every weekend. (i actully a race stock car on the dirt ovals, so LOL!!!)
A good day to go to Wal-mart is on sunday. All of the normal customers home watching the nascar race and beating the fuck out of their wife/sister.
by just for a laugh March 10, 2006
The sorriest excuse for a sport ever invented. An excuse for stupid white rednecks to come together and watch other stupid white rednecks turn left in a car for 3 to 4 hours. It also doubles as a 3 to 4 hour commercial in which you here and see more advertisement than actual talent. And I do not care what all of you NASCAR fans say, everyone who associates themselves with it is a redneck, regardless of where the driver or the race is. I'm sorry, but I would rather watch competetive elephant ejaculation than a NASCAR race
Stupid White Redneck 1: Hey there bud, lets go sit on our asses and smoke cigarettes and drink shitty lite beer in our wifebeaters at the NASCAR race today. Then we can go home and abuse our families in a fit of drunken rage.
Stupid White Redneck 2: Yup, sounds fun.
by Steeeeeeeeve May 20, 2006
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