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What I Expect At My First NASCAR Race (a.k.a. “NASCAR Stereotypes”)

26 Apr

Let me start off by saying that I have no idea if the NASCAR stereotypes in popular culture are true. Part of the reason I wanted to go to a NASCAR race in the first place was to see if any (or all) of the stereotypes about the sport and its fans are justified.

To give you an idea of where I’m coming from, I’ve seen Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and I absolutely loved it.

In a nutshell, I expect this weekend to be like I’m living the movie.

In other words, I expect it to be awesome.

Below is what I expect of the crowd at my first NASCAR race on Saturday, and why I expect that (a lot of these are stereotypes demonstrated in the movie):

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I expect that a majority of NASCAR fans I encounter will be…

  • Caucasian… based off the fans I’ve seen on race telecasts so far, and the fact that I have yet to see an African-American driver in the Sprint Cup Series this year;
  • big beer drinkers… based off all the beer commercials during races and some anecdotes I’ve heard;
  • religious and love Jesus Christ… based off the religious invocation before each race and the numerous Bible quotations tweeted by drivers;
  • southerners with sweet accents… based off the announcers on FOX and the track-side reporters I’ve heard;
  • huge country music fans… based off the musical acts I’ve heard sing the national anthem before each race;
  • overweight… because of all the beer, KFC, and Golden Corral consumed (see picture above);
  • sunburned… because of all the time spent outdoors fishing, hunting, etc.; and…
  • crazy… because WHO in their right mind gets a tattoo of Ricky Bobby’s face?

I’ll re-visit these stereotypes after the race and report which ones I found to be largely true, and which ones I found to be largely untrue.

One thing is certain: this is sure to be a real cultural experience.

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If I missed any NASCAR stereotypes, let me know at @NASCARneophyte or add them in the comments section below!

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Race Preview: Richmond 400 (Spring Edition)

23 Apr

[In case you missed it, I’m going to my first NASCAR race this Saturday in Richmond, which is why my race preview is up so early this week…]

I Wikipedia-edRichmond 400,” and learned that this is one of the few races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule without a title sponsor (hence the boring logo below).

I also learned that Kyle Busch has won the last three spring races at Richmond, which is incredible to me. Can he make it four straight on Saturday?

They’ll run this one under the lights, with television coverage on FOX starting at 7:00 PM EDT, and the race itself starting at 7:44 PM EDT.

Below the logo, find everything you need to know to prepare for the race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Richmond 400 (spring race)

  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Track name: Richmond International Raceway
  • Track shape: Oval
  • Banking: 14 degrees
  • Lap length: 0.75 miles
  • Race distance: 400 laps / 300 miles
  • Pole sitter: TBD
  • Starting order: TBD

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I plan to be at the track pretty early on Saturday so I can take in the full NASCAR experience.

If you have any suggestions for me on how to make the most of this cultural experience, tweet me at @NASCARneophyte or shoot me an email at NASCARneophyte@gmail.com.

I’ll try to tweet as much as possible while I’m at the race, and I’ll be posting a full recap with pictures afterward, so be on the lookout for that.

Enjoy the race everyone. I’m sure I will!

Am I Really Going To A #NASCAR Race? (Yes).

29 Mar

Well, I just bought tickets for my first NASCAR race, and I already know it’s going to be in-sane.

Take, for example, my conversation with a friend earlier today:

  • Me: “Hey, do you have any interest in going to a NASCAR race?”
  • Friend: “Yeah, sure……………… as long as alcohol is involved.”

NASCAR and beer. They go together like Sonny and Cher... or something like that.

Another reason I know my first race experience will be “insane” is because of the warning posted on the ticket-buying site:

Children’s tickets (12 & under) start at $25 in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan. In these Family Sections presented by Virginia 529, drinking alcohol is prohibited. Call the Ticket Office at 866-455-RACE (7223) to order.

This warning leads me to believe that everyone gets absolutely hammered at NASCAR races, and they have to set up “safe zones” to keep the children out of harm’s way.

I’m sure that NASCAR tailgating is about as intense as it is at college football games or, maybe, even more intense. I guess we’ll see.

Since the race I’m going to is under the lights at Richmond International Raceway (April 28th), that just means even more time for NASCAR patrons to load up on jet fuel before the race (“jet fuel” = alcohol). This, in turn, will allow me to see their true colors and paint an accurate portrayal of them when I blog about this cultural experience afterwards.

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I’m really excited for the race because not only did I get a great deal on tickets, but I convinced TWO friends to go with me (or maybe the promise of alcohol did that).

This should be fun…