I will never forget my first NASCAR experience. It was about a year ago, and I was working as a promotional model for NASCAR at the Michigan International Speedway. At first, it seemed like any other sport event. The atmosphere was nothing new--raging traffic, crowded parking lots, rampant barbecues, sports memorabilia, and infinite drunkenness--but the fans made it different than any athletic event that I had previously attended. Never before had I witnessed so many devoted people cheering for their favorite athletes. Initially, I didn't understand their obsession. After the race... I did.
NASCAR is exhilarating. Period. Furiously competitive and insanely dangerous, the sport mocks athletes who merely toss inflated rubber balls into string nets. Whether you're watching the race from the congested stands or just listening to the racecars burning rubber from ten miles away, the intensity of a NASCAR race is undeniable. What other athletic activity involves speeds exceeding 200mph? No other sport compares. The drivers are risking their lives every time they step into their cars. Boredom is not an option.
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