My fiance likes to watch the Daytona 500 every year and likes to make a day of it. NASCAR and racing is all pretty foreign and weird to me. Help me!
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, my fiance has a thing where once a year he wants to watch a bit of NASCAR, the Daytona 500 specifically. It really is a once a year thing, he doesn't watch any racing at all otherwise, apart from the "Duels" that qualify drivers for the race. He likes to make a whole day of it, have it be a bit of an event and he would like me to be a part of this. It is once a year and it matters to him, so I would like to give him that and be able to participate/understand so that it is something we both do.
The problem is tha I have next to no experience with NASCAR. It just isn't something that I was exposed to, and the first time I ever watched a NASCAR race was last year'd Daytona 500 with him. We watched the Sprint Cup last weekend and I more or less enjoyed it. We watched the "Duels" yesterday so I'm getting more familiar with the drivers and am at least recognising some of the cars. I also have been trying to read up on how NASCAR works and a bit of the history etc. but frankly I still feel like I have a huge hole in my understanding of this sport. It feels like there is so much I don't get...
Things I don't understand:
- the whole Gen6 car thing.
- why the different cars even matter since they all have to be made to such specific requirements and shape and everything. There can't be much differnece between them!
- the whole "points" system
- how the hell they get the new tires on but you never see them add nuts on to what I would presume are bolts attaching the tire to the car. My fiance said "They glue the nuts on" but how do they even get it on enough to have the bolts be able to start being threadded by their big drill things? (yes, my use of technical terms is staggering...)
- Why don't more crashes happen? They are going so fast and they are so close to each other, and all the announcers keep talking about is how hard these "new cars" are to control.
- Michael Waltrip is gay... right? I have zero issue with his being gay (if he is) but he stands out to me. I'm just curious since the little bit of NASCAR I have watched seems pretty macho, plus I (possibly incorrectly) always understood NASCAR to be a something enjoyed by a more conservative audience.
So: What can you tell me about NASCAR that will help me enjoy this yearly event? What should I be watching for? What types of things can I do to help me better appreciate this? What are the types of things NASCAR fans do during races that I/we could do to make it more fun?