Last night I caught about 25 laps of the Daytona 500. As you may have heard, rain delays had pushed it into prime time. So it was either that or “Two and a Half Men.” Having been in Daytona over the weekend, I was marginally interested in seeing how Danica Patrick might do (38th place).
There’s something about watching a few dozen garishly-painted cars roaring around the track as one, never changing their relative positions. After awhile it begins to seem like a carousel. It’s like when you’re waiting at an intersection and a whole bunch of cars are turning left in front of you. That’s some compelling television.
Look, I get why people like NASCAR: Occasionally, there are collisions and fires. Like the one pictured above. What happened was, one of the cars in the carousel crashed into a safety truck. Oops! So much for safety! But the Jerry Bruckheimer firestorm it created probably snagged a few new fans — guys like myself, who have been on the fence when it comes to watching cars drive in circles. And it certainly brought one of the drivers a big spike in his Twitter popularity.
I’ll admit that it’s interesting when expensive cars burst into flame. Or when they spin out of control and disintegrate. It’s just the racing part that’s tedious.