Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I Hate Talladega
I was all set to write a five page-long diatribe about how completely fucked racing at Talladega is, and how completely wrong NASCAR is, and how completely stupid fans are that find this exciting or "good racing."
I've done it many times before, on many other blogs, forums, chats, and in person at parties.
But, I made the mistake of reading David Caraviello's editorial about it first. And if there's one thing I hate, it's repetition.
He pretty much sums it up for me, and I agree with him.
I hate Talladega.
I hate everything it's come to represent.
I hate the fans who find it entertaining.
I hate it for putting 43 drivers in mortal, terrifying danger every year.
I hate that the media uses footage of these wrecks to exemplify NASCAR and try to boost the ratings, when people are injured in this footage, sometimes spectators, like Edwards' crash in the Spring.
And I hate NASCAR for completely ignoring the problem and, worse still, blaming the drivers.
So take a gander at Caraviello's piece. Works good for me.
I will also add the following:
Your current, reigning, and soon-to-be 4-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson putted around at the back of the field the entire day, somewhere in 30th-32nd spot, off the lead draft. His three rivals for the championship all mix it up at the front, racing for the lead like racers.
With about 5 laps to go, Ryan Newman's terrifying ride occurs. Red flag comes out, then a caution, and half the field runs out of gas. All of a sudden, Jimmie Johnson makes up half his deficit and is 15th or so.
With about 1 lap to go, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch get turned in the middle of the straightaway, and Mark flips into his roof. Thankfully, no one is hurt. This time. Again. All of a sudden, Jimmie Johnson makes up the rest of his deficit and finishes 6th. Having done nothing all day.
Meanwhile, all of his Chase rivals, who raced their asses off all day long, end up in massive wrecks and are now essentially out of the running for the championship.
I don't blame Jimmie Johnson. Just like I don't blame his team for being better in the final ten races than any other time in the season. They're working with what NASCAR gives them. I blame NASCAR.
This is not racing. This is a joke.