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    Post by Ross on 18th November 2008, 15:47

    Does anyone actually care?


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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Mike on 18th November 2008, 15:48

    I know Bee does. Bee, tell us about it, educate the admins Very Happy


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    Post by Ross on 18th November 2008, 15:54

    LMAO yeah we're NASCAR noobs


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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Alex on 19th November 2008, 16:03

    The motorsport that requires the most amount of talent (NOT)
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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Ross on 19th November 2008, 16:09

    It's really annoying that people can't get sarcasm online. I'm gonna make it a forum rule that putting anything in italics means you are being sarcastic.

    I don't need a piss.


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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Mike on 19th November 2008, 16:43

    Hey hey hey!

    Now now lets not bad mouth other sports. Lets wait till we get some NASCAR Fans and then they can get there own views across.


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    Post by Ross on 19th November 2008, 16:56

    Their views will be wrong though Very Happy


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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Bee on 19th November 2008, 17:39

    NASCAR is.... Entertaining most of the time.

    43 cars, all covered by a couple of seconds is stupidly close racing. The stewards are all either asleep or eating donuts, so almost 100% of the time, the winner is decided out on track.

    The crashes are usually spectacular, such as this one: McDowell crashes at 180

    The commentators are a good laugh and usually get calls spot on.

    I think my only complaint is they don't visit enough road tracks, but oh well, it's still a very entertaining 3 hours of racing after a borefest such as Valencia..
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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Mike on 24th November 2008, 08:11

    My uncle is a big NASCAR fan as he used to race Stock Cars here in the UK. He went out to America in 1998 and watched Daytona and said its one of the most thrilling racing experiences he has seen. Just the whole atmosphere around the spectacle.


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    Post by Metar on 29th November 2008, 14:50

    I'm not a devoted follower - it's aired in the middle of the week, in the middle of the night - but I enjoy watching it when I can.

    No skill? Bah. It doesn't place quite the same fitness requirements as F1, the cars aren't sophisticated (though, if Max has his way, F1 will soon be simpler!), and the tracks aren't quite that interesting - but when you dig into it, it's fascinating.

    Strategic calls are of vital importance, and they're often a gut-feeling thing more than a science. On top of that, leading the race means nada - and it's not rare for someone to charge from the midfield quite late in the race. I've seen Denny Hamlin lead 388 laps out of 400, and then finish 20th-something. Winner? He didn't lead a single lap until the last two.

    As for skill, it takes loads of it. Smoothly balancing throttle and brakes to lose as little speed as possible, taking curves (not corners Razz) the right way, running high or low, managing traffic and packs of 20-something cars at a time - at 100+MPH, that's not easy. There's no electronics, downforce isn't much compared to single-seaters (or GT3-and-lower racecars), and it's very much a dog-eats-dog society: Drivers aren't afraid to push their peers out of the way, unless they know that this guy's friends will do the same to you, in turn.

    It's also amazing how different the cars behave throughout the race, and how teams have to "evolve" their cars through the night to account for changes in temperature and track-surface.
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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Mike on 29th November 2008, 14:57

    Something I've always thought was how hard is it to race in an oval, but over the years over watched crashes and clips and its a really challenging thing to do to place your car on the right line at the right speed for a crash not to occur. I used to laugh when I saw them crashing on a curve but I can see I was very wrong to do so.


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    Re: NASCAR

    Post by Metar on 29th November 2008, 15:03

    A good comparison to speedways are Monaco's tunnel-kink or Istanbul's turn 8.

    The first one compares well to a superspeedway - it's a flat-out corner, but it still needs quite a bit of car-placement to achieve that. Otherwise, you're kissing the wall.

    The latter is a good comparison to regular ovals: It's not properly flat-out, but it's a long continuous-angle turn that needs a fine balance of lifting/braking and throttle to get through, and fast.

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