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  • Very good question.
  • Same reason Formula One is a sport and the guys that do that have to be very fit. They spend hours in the gym and can lose a large amount of weight during a race
  • Because it takes skill.
  • lets see.... they use there skills constantly for 3 hrs +, no breaks, no timeouts.. they have to stay totally focased or they can crash there own car or anyone elses. It is a very dangerous sport and they deserve as much respect as other sports (baseball, football) if not more.
  • i dont like sports at all...but i'd imagine doing that is pretty hard just like running really fast...that's a sport too...because not everyone can do it as well as the pros
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  • Isn't that kinda ignorant? I mean, golf is when you hit a itty bitty ball and try to get it in a hole, a basketball in a net, bowling just to hit pins down? I like all sports for their different skills. It takes stamina, concentration, and strategy. You miss that part when you just watch it on TV but just ask the crew chief, the pit crew, and the driver. It is so much more...but pick a driver for whatever reason and stick w/ him. Oh, and nobody said you HAVE TO sit thru ALL the laps...I watch the beginning, tune in to catch up in between, and then watch the last 30 or so laps. But that's just me.
  • On TV it doesn't look like much because everyone else is going the same speed about. Remember, these drivers go at almost 200 mph around the track...if you just even turn a little wrong or get behind someone too close (draft from the neighboring car) or even move the steering wheel a LITTLE one way in the wrong way, it can cause you to go into the wall and crash into other drivers or yet, they crash into you at 200 mph. Go to a track and see it up close. Better yet, let someone drive you around at even 100 mph...you will get the sensation that this isn't any small task or yet, easy. It is NASCAR, not Nascar. fyi.
  • Because at the end of the event there is a compensated winner. Sport is an activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. Sports commonly refer to activities where the physical capabilities of the competitor are the sole or primary determiner of the outcome (winning or losing). SOURCE: Wikipedia
  • You are still in competition with other people.
  • Maybe because the inside temperature of the car is enough to make you lose weight. Maybe because your going at speeds in excess of 120mph. Maybe because one mistake can send you over the edge and die. Or maybe they crash because the guy got tired of taking a left turn.
  • Why is horse racing a sport? you ride a horse around track to the end. Why is track a sport? they run in circles.
  • I don't think it's a sport. I think it's a death trap.
  • I heard there is actually a lot of conditioning for that sort of thing. Those drivers are in so much gear and they do it for such long periods of time that they lose an average of 5-15 pounds per race. I don't watch the stuff myself, but I can appreciate the physical aspect of that.
  • You got me on that one. It's not a sport. It's a bunch of people going around in a circle wasting gas.
  • You've obviously never raced a formula or stock car for 500 miles.
  • My thoughts exactly.
  • Did you know that a few weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway a driver who was qualifying ran into a wall at 180+ mph and the wall had to be replaced, and the driver walked away w/ minor bumps? Pretty great since he should have died in that crash...if you saw it on TV, you wouldn't believe it. (I only know about this stuff since my kids are SOOOO into it and we have SPEED channel on all the time for them!)
  • for some reason you are not seeing the entire picture here.... Try driving 200 mph and passing another car and keeping yourself safe. I could go on but NOT
  • Race a race sometime and you can answer that question for yourself. It's not easy racing a car at that speed and keeping it on the track and not in the wall.
  • I like NASCAR 'cause they turn left... and left... and left... and left and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... Formula one is way better. I just like the way NASCARS look.
  • Nearly any competition that can be scored or judged is a sport. Cars can go straight, fast, and it's a sport. It's called drag racing. I may not care much for NASCAR but it is a sport, it is auto racing.
  • It is a sport. I like nascar. At least they don't have to worry going right. Let's pick on something else.
  • Why do people who have never watched a full race, ask this question? First off, going 200 mph in a car that has no comfort features of a standard road vehicle that you or I drive. Second, these guys don't just risk a torn ACL or a collar bone injury or something like that, that you would see in football. Joe Weatherly, Fireball Roberts, Friday Hassler, Larry Smith, Tiny Lund, Ricky Knotts, Bruce Jacobi, Terry Schoonover, Rick Baldwin, Grant Adcox, J.D. McDuffie, Neil Bonnett, Rodney Orr, Kenny Irwin, Adam Petty, and Dale Earnhardt Sr.; have all died while racing in this sport. And third, they don't just turn left. They have road courses too. The top five tracks with the most fatalities among competitors are: * 1.Indianapolis Motor Speedway 56 * 2.Nürburgring 48 * 3.Monza 30 * 4.Daytona International Speedway 24 * 5.Le Mans 24 I might as well give credit where credit is due. This is the website I got most of this information on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_racing_drivers_who_died_in_racing_crashes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXtb5eDUuQw
  • NASCAR drivers have to be athletes in peak condition. These guys are phenomenal athletes,especially the guys that race into their 50's,like Mark Martin and Terry Labonte,and sometimes even their 60's,like Geoffrey Bodine! Hey,why don't you try driving 185 mph making only left turns for 5 hours!
  • F-1? One pass for an entire race? It's a sport because of the skill and physical demands.Superior judgment,reflexes,ability to withstand temps. of 150 degrees for hours with no breaks,and a little thing called G-force.Try the freeway in your family car at @ 100 mph moving through traffic for a minute and see where your heart rate goes-times that by ten,then by 3 to 5 hours.You've just had a heart attack or are dead from a fatal crash!Mark Martin,at age 50 does five hours in the gym every single day to prepare for this "sport" that's "played" by "non-athletes" Like I've said before,if it has to be explained,you wouldn't understand anyway.Enjoy your spitting and crotch grabbing-now that's a sport!!
  • to the left is the dominant side of racing and one which comes naturally when racing on the track in question. driving fast is the equivalent to having sex. may the force be with you and drive fast baby!
  • Your doing that at 200 MPH, LOL
  • I used to race on 1/4 mile oval and it is a very phsycal job as well as mentaly Top speed in the straightaway was 140mph, then down shift,brake, to get to the next straight away! all the time your trading paint with other cars! need more!
  • This sounds like "I don't like NASCAR and I am being Saracastic about it comment" I am surprised a lot of people didnt pick up on this. The person is obviously asking to make NASCAR fans upset, but there is so many of us and it IS THE SECOND MOST POPULAR SPORT IN NORTH AMERICA next to the NFL. So I don't know why making fun of it saying they would ever consider going fast and turning left, when you probably already know they drive left at most race tracks and you probably don't like that fact. Grow up. If you don't like the sport don't say anything at all. If you prefer dudes beating on each other and sitting on top of each other, you probably would like UFC.
  • Try doing it at 180 MPH, six inches behind another driver, and for four hours. I am sure it takes its toll on the human body and mind.
  • if you're not in a damn good physical condition, you're not capable of finishing one lap. you have to be aware of everything around you. 6 inches apart from front and rear to left to right at upwards of 200 miles per hour. controlling a 3600 lb. 850 horsepower missile basically being on the verge of being out of control. takes physical stamina baby. please this is too easy for a woman!!!!!!.....love roxy
  • bill goldberg-retired wrestler once said "i fear no man, but that car scares the shit out of me" referring to the fiberglass cobra with a nascar engine. too easy for a woman to know this shit. .....love roxy

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