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Is NASCAR Really a Sport? 151

  • Posted by: Jack Murphy
  • April 24, 2012, 9:20 PM


As the race cars set up at the starting line, each and every driver feels the adrenaline rush of waiting for the green flag to wave. As the awaited moment finally comes, the cars speed off like 4-year-olds after an ice cream truck. The crowd screams as their favorite car takes off. NASCAR is fun to watch, but is this activity really a sport?

Some believe that just putting your foot down on a pedal doesn’t have what it takes to be a sport, compared to bone-crunching football, in which men with muscles the size of watermelons smash through defenders. If you think about it though, it’s kind of true. Almost everybody can drive at age 16, so what’s the big difference?

The technical definition of a sport is: An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. Athletic is the key word. Pushing down on a pedal seems easy, but it could obviously become hard after 75 laps or so. You also need quick instincts to turn when a crash has occurred on the track. These types of cars can reach speeds up to 190 miles per hour, so the drivers would definitely need to be on the edge of their seats!

Being a NASCAR driver would undoubtedly take a great amount of skill. The Daytona 500 consists of 200 laps, which equal 500 miles. The driver also must be aware if he or she has tire issues, is running out of gas, and know when to safely make a pit stop to refuel or change tires.

Lots of people think that NASCAR really is a sport. I had the chance to speak to Mike Massaro, an ESPN NASCAR analyst, about this. As a kid, Mike was exposed to racing because his dad worked on a racecar as a hobby at Stafford Springs Motor Speedway in Connecticut. “I’ve been around it since I was a child,” he told me. “I have a photo on my desk… of me at 8 years old sitting inside the car my dad worked on.”

“It’s not just the drivers working,” Massaro says. “It’s a team sport. The men who jump over the walls need to be very accomplished athletes themselves. They carry tires [that weigh] up to 80 pounds!” He also commented on how fit drivers need to be. He told me that NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson was actually named the 2009 Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press, over Tiger Woods, Albert Pujols, and even Kobe Bryant!

Johnson has worked out over the years, and it has been paying off. He does pull-ups with an extra one hundred pounds chained to him. He even runs six-minute miles! Some athletes don’t keep themselves in the best shape (such as baseball greats CC Sabathia and Prince Fielder). Johnson sets an example how fit NASCAR drivers can really be.

Auto racing being considered a sport is one of the most argued questions of all time. Many think yes, many no. I’m still not sure. What do you think?

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151 Comments

your right

NASCAR is NOT a sport. Atleast in baseball & hockey, you acctually get active. in NASCAR you just sit there.

Soooo true

ofcouser it is like nascar racing you just sit in a car

Not exactly. You have to turn the steering wheel.

I never liked NASCAR, but it does take a lot of effort to keep your foot on the pedal and to stay awake and aware

You got a good point there.

It is not a sport because you don,t move the car does.

NASCAR is a sport because it is a type of racing and racing is in the olympic games.

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COOL

its beast k

nascar, not a sport. if you wanna do nascar get a ferrari and drive around the parking lot at Steak n Shake

Same here

me too

agreed

no!!!!! get it throgh your minds nascar's not a sport theres no exersise or fitness it you hit the gas then the brakes do a turn it's not a sport and if it were it wouldbe at the bottom of fav. sports list.

They just drive and that takes no athletic abillity at all.

IT IS A SPORT .......................

NASCAR HAS TO BE A SPORT

good job

THAT WAS GREAT MAYBE ILL TRY RACING

I think NASCAR could be a nice sport but I realy don't see how it is right now. Oh and I just made this account like 10 minutes ago ,and I was kinda wondering if you could help me kinda find evreything.

idk

i agree its a mans sport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

let's be friends 'kay????

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omg!!!!that is so true i totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I TOTALLY AGREE

YOUR SO WRONG
NASCAR isnt a sport,it was invented when beer was illegal in the US and drivers would make beer and drive away at very fast speeds from cops. And its just foot excercise, that doesnt mean its a sport

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