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What The Hell Is So Great About NASCAR? Seriously.

So the Daytona 500 is this Sunday (which I just heard about since I don’t watch the Bubba Channel) and this seems to be the first year that I don’t see a bunch of yahoos wearing driver’s jackets/hats in preparation for the race. Jesus, I hate NASCAR.

I hate NASCAR for many reasons. I think turning in a circle for hours at high speeds is ridiculous. I don’t like watching it, listening to it or listening to others talk about it. I think sponsor stickers all over vehicles seems useless since…….they’re turning in a circle for hours at high speeds.

I think getting .04 miles per gallon is, well…c’mon.

I think blazing through 27 sets of tires in 12 minutes isn’t very green either.

HOWEVER – In the spirit of the Daytona 500 to be held this Sunday, I’ve gathered some fun facts for ya. I’m hoping that somehow my aversion to the sport and culture of NASCAR can be mellowed with a few beers with friends……because I AM IN FACT, going to watch the Daytona 500 with friends.

I lost a bet. BUT….I know that many folks just love this stuff and I’m all for people getting their groove on to whatever they want. Enjoy yourself this weekend, and cheers to driving in a circle for hours at high speeds.

According to NASCAR.COM:

  • 800 — The number of tons of concrete that was used to install Daytona International Speedway’s Musco Lighting system.
  • 7,000 — The number of gallons of carbonated Pepsi products that will be poured at Daytona International Speedway during the four-day Pepsi 400 weekend — that’s 74,677 12-ounce cans.
  • 7 — The approximate number of miles the hot dogs sold at Daytona International Speedway during the four-day Pepsi 400 weekend would cover, if they were laid end-to-end; which is nearly three laps of the 2.5-mile track.
  • 1,500,000,000 — The estimated dollar amount of the annual economic impact of Daytona International Speedway on the community of Daytona Beach, Fla.
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