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edhopper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:25 PM
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"The land of race-car ya-yas"
http://www.augustafreepress.com/stories/storyReader$407...

Not about NASCAR as much as a culture that watches it on TV.

And yes, the author is being sarcastic.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:38 PM
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1. The author is exactly right.
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 05:44 PM by acmejack
To be at a NASCAR race is a true experience, the TV version is simply an advertisers delight, minutes of adevrtising per race is very high. Plus the cars are rolling billboards, The Rick Henricks Lowes True Value etc etc etc Pepsi Chevrolet was really fast today.

edit to add commericial breakdown:

Commercial Breakdown for the Subway 500: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown from the race on Sunday afternoon. There was one restart missed completely; and one in which when they returned from commercial the green flag was waving (too close to call it).
Total number of commercials: 143
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 72
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 30
Restarts missed due to being away at commercial: 1
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 12:43pm/et
End time to record race/commercial periods: 4:44pm/et
Total minutes: 241
Minutes of race broadcast: 173
Minutes of commercials: 68
see full report at CawsnJaws.com.(10-23-2006)

http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm#marketplace

Actually the ratio is lower than usual due to the short track causing very brief yellows!
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:40 PM
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2. Not astute, or even original.
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 05:48 PM by Rick Myers
I'm a raging lib and I've followed NASCAR for over 30 years. I can see how many people think it's 'go fast, turn left, repeat,' but it's a team sport like any other.

on edit: Yes, you can say NASCAR is Madison Ave. at 200mph, but it is also a prohibitively expensive to field a team. Even snobby European F-1 fans (I've been to F-1 races) have to put up with sponsorship issues.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:48 PM
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3. Thats true multi media, in car cameras and the pit stops
Have done so much for the races. That they are very exciting at home too. I will still maintain that there is nothing to compare with "Gentlemen, start your Engines" and hearing (and feeling) 43 of those powerplants spring to life. The amount of racing which goes unseen on Tv is substantial too.

Your point is well taken, too! I will admit where I was Sunday...
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:04 PM
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4. I've been to several big races, and...
...I can tell you, Surround Sound is pretty DAMN close to the sound of those engines! And it you think NASCAR is loud, you should hear an F-1 car go by at 200mph and 12K rpms!!!
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:24 PM
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5. I really, really want to see an F1 race before I leave this Earth.
Le Mans would be nice once just for the Legend, but with the hassle of travel now I suppose the 24 hours of Daytona will have to suffice. I have been threatening to get that Steve McQueen video for a while, I still have a soft spot for F40s, SOHC 427s and big displacement 12 cylinders (not in F40s, of course) and the days of yore...

I am enough of a gear head the pits are a big thing with me, but I haven't been to a NASCAR race since the first eighty nine Pocono race so things have definitely changed! Perhaps I'll send everybody away where I can get my surround really turned up, never got to really test out the volume on this set up yet!
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catnhatnh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:04 PM
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6. Horseshit...
...and gratuitous bashing.I like the sport-and I have no need to defend the sport...I both watch and attend events.....one more mindless clown takes easy shots...He is NOT merely non-insightful-He is boring...
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