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NASCAR Championship Week Vegas Style

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Las Vegas, NV–Last week, NASCAR kicked off Championship Week with roaring engines down Las Vegas Blvd. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, the only word to describe it would be SPECTACULAR!

This was the first year NASCAR hosted this event in Las Vegas–in years past it was held in New York City. Las Vegas was the perfect backdrop for Sprint Cup drivers and fans. As I walked the parade route next to the drivers and fans, all I could hear was folks saying how awesome it was to be in Vegas!

After watching this event last week, it is my opinion that this event will only get better in the future. With more than enough hotel rooms, plenty of space on the streets for Sprint Cup cars, Las Vegas has proven we are the best place in the country to host Championship Week.

Not only does Las Vegas have a driver favorite track in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but Las Vegas is able to attract fans from across the country. NASCAR has already said in so many words that the space Vegas has compared to New York City is enormous. NASCAR Champion Jimmy Johnson never could have done a burnout the way he did on the Las Vegas Strip in New York City!

NASCAR fans like myself are looking forward to 2010 already and can’t wait for not only the race to return to Las Vegas, but Championship Week!
 

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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 Sports No Comments

NASCAR makes another Vegas pit-stop

I’m one of those guys who dreams about the day when I can pack up my motor-home and head on the road–to follow the Nascar circuit around the country. Until then, I’ll settle for attending my annual two or three races a year and watching the twists and turns on television. › Continue reading

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 Sports Comments Off on NASCAR makes another Vegas pit-stop

NASCAR “VEGAS STYLE”

We all love writing about things we love, so here I go again writing about NASCAR! So, I was one of the 200,000 plus people that attended the NASCAR race this weekend in my hometown of Las Vegas–as usual I wasn’t disappointed.

This year’s races brought a record number of cautions at the track and a couple red flags–as many have already said, at times it seemed much more like a demolition derby than it did a NASCAR race! While sometimes it’s fun to watch a few cars spin out on the track, it does tend to get a little old after awhile. Just when the action on the track got hot, someone lost control in one of the turns, and there was another wreck. At one point, there were only 9 cars on the lead lap–an amazing statistic for a NASCAR race.

What I found very interesting this year, was the fact that even with the national economy as bad as it is, people refused to miss the NASCAR races in Las Vegas. When I was standing in line at the track to pick up my tickets, I met a couple military men from Australia, whom had never been to a NASCAR event. I also met a young man from Germany who again was attending a NASCAR race for the first time. So, it made me think, here I am standing in line to buy tickets and I’m not surrounded by my fellow Las Vegas citizens, but instead I’m surrounded by folks from other countries.

It was very exciting to know that there were so many people attending this race from outside of Las Vegas. Our local economy has suffered greatly by the economic meltdown–this race was a huge boost! To give you an idea how much of a boost, it is estimated that NASCAR brought in over $200 million dollars in non-gaming revenue! With McCarran Airport taking such a hit with passenger numbers down and our casinos, restaurants, and entertainment venues suffering from low tourist numbers, this was a welcomed change.

Like many sports in America, NASCAR has experienced its share of pain with the current economic times. Sponsors have left the sport, several teams have merged their operations to consolidate and save money on their shop costs, and many drivers have seen their hopes of signing a big deal fall by the wayside due to a lack of funds. However, the races still go on and the fans keep coming by the tens of thousands!

So this year, I want to salute NASCAR for continuing to inspire enthusiast to continue attending the races around the country. I want to thank NASCAR for what they are doing for communities around the nation. Finally, I want to thank NASCAR for still being an affordable sport–with tickets to college basketball games going for over $100.00, it’s nice to know that for $40.00, you can spend a wonderful day at the track–full of excitement!

Thank you NASCAR!

By Nathan Taylor

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 Sports Comments Off on NASCAR “VEGAS STYLE”

NASCAR, An Olympic Sport?

Alright, while it may sound a little strange, I have been pondering the idea of auto racing becoming an Olympic Sport. I must admit that I am a bit biased since I’m a huge fan of NASCAR. Anyone who follows stock car racing gets the question from non-fans all the time; how can you call them athletes?I’ll answer that question clearly by stating, that a person who drives a vehicle pushing 200 mph for almost 4 hours must have some athletic ability. Racecar drivers are manipulating a vehicle that is constantly vibrating, bouncing and at times almost unmanageable. These vehicles are nothing like what we drive everyday on the highways with power steering, navigation systems and shocks that keep you from feeling the road. Driving a stock car can sometimes feel like riding a ten-speed bicycle over a pile of rocks. Anyone who denies that a stock car driver is an athlete just doesn’t understand the demands of the sport-this is most often the case.

So as the Beijing Olympics approach I thought to myself, could racecar driving ever become an Olympic sport? Only time will tell, but over the past few decades, we have seen the expansion in the sport of racecar driving. In fact, we have more international names associated with NASCAR this year than ever before. Just to name a few: Juan Pablo Montoya, who hails from Bogotá, Columbia, Patrick Carpentier, from Quebec, Canada and Dario Franchitti who’s from Edinburgh, Scotland. As you can see, the all American sport of NASCAR has reached its way across the oceans and has brought with it some of the most talented individuals to ever sit behind the wheel of a racecar.

You can see why I would be optimistic about the possibility of NASCAR or any form of car racing making it to the Olympics. We have seen NASCAR hold its first race outside the United States in Mexico and we can be sure that talks are underway for a European appearance. When the international lobby starts its campaign with the Olympic committee you can be sure there will be plenty of evidence why this sport should have its place on the world stage.

While it may be a few years until we see the dust of rubber and smoke in the air at an Olympic event, I hold out hope that in the future more people will understand the sport of racing. It is so much more than cars going around in circles, but more of the challenge of man versus machine. It is not just the challenge of running out of gas, but how to do it while only filling up twice in 500 miles. Maybe someday people will get that changing four tires, pulling out a spring rubber and adjusting your shocks in less than 14 seconds isn’t your average day at the corner oil and lube! So I salute all the racecar drivers who I sincerely recognize as some of the great athletes in sports-maybe someday we’ll see some of them wearing gold!

Nathan Taylor

Saturday, July 26th, 2008 Sports No Comments
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