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Who Is Your Favorite Nascar Driver?  
User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1575 posts, RR: 24
Posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Until I've been to Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400 at Daytona I was only a Formula 1 fan but after hearing the amazing engine noises of Nascar racers I fell in love with this race.I was a big fan of Dale Earnhart(RIP),after the tagedy I am now supporting D.Earnhart Jr.Who is your favorite driver?


Widen your world
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User currently offlineJetChaser From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1591 times:


I've always been a fan of Sterling Marlin. Matt Kenseth is my pick of the latest era.

JetChaser.


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1590 times:





User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

Well, Wing, you probably won't get a lot of fans here on A. (you'll probably even get some "who cares"). But I'm an enthusiast. I've liked Little E since even before the tragedy, and he's my No. 1 (good show this past weekend, yeah?). Tony Stewart? You bet (and some of the Int'l F1 fans don't even remember the persona/styles of Pedro Rodrigues, the "Jackies", the Hills, etc), but they'll be on point to dismiss NASCAR. Again, who cares about their opinions?

Back to your question; Jr. and Stewart are my favs for the season (and that's not to say I dismiss any of the youngns or the older masters); that's just my answer to your question, the same as I would have answered a year ago. Regards...jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Take your pick.....

#38 Elliott Sadler (Ford Taurus)
#17 Matt Kenseth (Ford Taurus)
#88 Dale Jarrett (Ford Taurus)....my real favorite
#16 Greg Biffle (Ford Taurus)
#97 Kurt Busch (Ford Taurus)
#21 Ricky Rudd (Ford Taurus)
#99 Jeff Burton (Ford Taurus)
#6...Mark Martin (Ford Taurus)

Notice a pattern here??? Smile

Since Michigan International Speedway opened in 1969, NASCAR has run 68 Winston Cup races at that track.....I have been to all but 3 of them.




[Edited 2004-02-19 00:57:21]


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User currently offlineJetChaser From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

ElectraBob reminded me to add Greg Biffle to my List.
He will be a "force" for years to come.

JetChaser.


User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

Jeff Gordon

24 all the way.


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

I was a Dale Sr. fan and after his death I stayed with RCR and became a Kevin Harvick fan. However, if Harvick can't win I like to see Dale Jr. win.

My wife is a Mark Martin fan, so I like him too.



Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

I'd have to say mine is Jeff Gordon.... I also love Cart racing....my favorite driver is "The Thrill From West Hill" - Paul Tracy from Scarborough, ONT.  Big thumbs up

Phyllis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1575 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

cpt krell,
To be honest until I went to Embry Riddle AU at Daytona I was only and huge Formula 1 fan and even thinking "whats the catch of circling an oval track over and over again"but from the moment I entered the Daytona Int.Speedway and hearing the roars of the cars in the track I absolutely fell in love with that.Here (in Turkey where I live) its really hard to watch the races since there is a big time difference I have to stay awake until 4 am or so just the watch the start.Its not easy for an airline pilot with a lot of schedule of early morning flights.But still I am a huge fan and I really try to keep update as much as possible.About the Jr. its amazing how he gets better and better every season and great job winning Daytona.He sure keeps the family flag flying.

I don't like Gordon because my wife supports him and I have to be opposite to her one way  Big thumbs up

electrabob,
Chevrolet all the way  Big thumbs up






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User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

Dale Jarrett all the way...I'm also a Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth fan. (NOT on the bandwagon! I have been since the Busch days!)
 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

#24

-Normal

I love NASCAR!!!


User currently offlineNonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

Still a Mike Skinner fan. Then Jimmie Johnson, then Dale Jr.


I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I was a Dale Earnhardt fan and I was seated about 50 yards from where he died  Sad I now support the Earnhardt name by going for Dale Jr!

Heres a few other notable drivers that I support

Kevin Harvick
Tony Stewart
Mark Martin
Rusty Wallace
Bobby Labonte
Terry Labonte
Dale Jarrett
Jamie McMurray
Brian Vickers
Kurt Busch
Jeff Burton
Michael Waltrip

Notables I cant stand:
Jeff Gordon
Jimmy Johnson
Sterling Marlin
JIMMY SPENCER

Favorite Tracks:
Atlanta
Bristol
California
Charlotte (Lowes)
Daytona
Talladega
Texas

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

Watch some more NASCAR, then you will go back to being just an F1 fan. I used to be a NASCAR fan then I noticed the cars do not evolve, in fact they go backwards in technology, they do not resemble their stock counterparts in any way shape or form and one race looks pretty much like the next. It is definantly a series that would go away if the average IQ of the die hard fans eeked its way into th double digits.

Tip for watching NASCAR, watch the start, take nap on couch so you can wake up for wreck of the week, then watch the last 5 laps... you have just seen the whole race and managed to get about a 2hr sunday afternoon nap in.


User currently offlineGulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 646 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Put me down as an Earnhardt fan as well. There was nobody in NASCAR who could have compared to The Intimidator. He was THE MAN! Hopefully JR, can get close. This weekend helped him a lot! I am also a Michael Waltrip fan. He started slow, but I believe he will become huge. He's also very funny when he comments off the track.

GulfstreamGuy



"If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane. " -Jimmy Buffett
User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Junior, Harvick, and Waltrip. Gotta love NASCAR!

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

From when I began going to Embry-Riddle back in 1981 and he was driving the Mountain Dew Buick until he retired a few years back, my favorite driver was Darrell Waltrip. Now I'm more of a DEI fan, rooting for Dale Jr, and for Michael Waltrip.

Still though, I'll give props to any of the over-40 gang who wins a race.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Go buy a Monte Carlo, Taurus or Intrepid with rear wheel drive, a 350cu in engine and a push rod and carb powerplant then tell me they resemble their stock counterparts. Why are they still evolving these antiques? There are better solutions out there and it is doing jack shit for the production car the respective manufacturers put out. The Nascar idea of an aerodynamic improvement is hang a bigger board on the back or make the front a half inch closer to the ground. Who the hell wants to watch a bunch of identical cars run around in circles? They say it is a better showcase of driver talent but last I checked a talented driver could beat a better car. While we are on the topic of driver talent what is a Nextel cup grid upto now? 50 cars? can we say dilluted talent? With grids that big why mess with the minor league Bush series when half the Nextel cup drivers race there anyway?

Read up on when Nascar was real racing. What won on Sunday sold on Monday because it showed who was building a better production car, of course back then they raced a production car.

In F1 yeah some cars suck and even a few drivers suck. But that becomes evident very very quickly and the cream rises to the top. Also advances F1 has made over the last 10 years are now starting to show up in many production cars like paddle shifters and real traction control (not just an anti-spin system).. What was the last thing Nascar did for production cars? Hurst shifters?


User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

Definately was an Earnhardt Sr. fan =(

I've been rooting for Dave Blaney the past couple of seasons. He had an extremely strong showing during Speedweeks this year, and an impressive run in the 500. Unfortunately, he has no full-time ride for the year and will only be running sporadic cup races and 10 Busch events if no sponsor takes interest.


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3836 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

NASCAR Rules! Cool to see a few other fans on A.net. Big grin As for me, I'm a diehard Jeff Gordon fan!

I also pull for:
#48 Jimmie Johnson
#25 Brian Vickers
#5 Terry Labonte
#42 Jamie McMurray
#15 Michael Waltrip

Favorite tracks:
Daytona
Talladega
Bristol
Lowe's Motor Speedway-Charlotte

Portcolumbus- I was excited when I saw Blaney leading the Shootout...was hoping he'd be able to win one for Ohio before he & Mayfield wrecked.

DeltaRules



Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

Actually, Startvalve, the starting grid is (as it has been) 43 cars, not fifty, but you and I are more close on our opinions than you might think. I don't have to read up on when NASCAR was real"er" racing because I've been involved with it professionally for quite a time and I clearly stated that I disagree with the "spec" car philosophy that homogenizes all the vehicles into a genre rather than letting the manufacturers run their own thing as in the "old days". Although it might have been fun (for a short while) to watch North/South FWDs and the more pitiful East/West FWD sedans try to maintain high speed racing for several hundred miles, I'm afraid that the correct choice was made in retaining "small block" pushrods driving rear wheels. That the fantasy of FWD being a saviour for the masses is finally being realised as such and thankfully RWD Monte Carlos, Chryslers and such are on the horizon. I didn't like the bent-formula allowing non-available powertrains on the circuit either, but retrospectively, the only "size class" 2-dr RWD production cars available when the rules were changed were T-Birds and Cougars.

As archaeic that it might sound, dollar for dollar and power vs operational reliability, there is probably no better IC powerplant than the "evolved" small block pushrod Chevy, and I dare say that includes any zoomy cammer. There is evolving for you. NASCAR has been working for a while on replacing carbs w/ FI; when that will happen, I don't know. Probably a good idea as power could be more correctly (and safely) dialed in rather than the, yes stupid, restrictor plate rule. I can testify that quite a few little NASCAR tricks have found their ways into production vehicles, not the least being little aero items that the customer will not notice but that the manufacturers sweat millions in development costs in the wind tunnel to meet CAFE/EPA government hurdles.

As for diluted driver talent, I don't think that forty-three top drivers out of a nation of 260,000,000 people is diluted (although I some serious reservations about some drivers). I'll agree with you, though, that the Busch Series should be a series to compete successfully in before you can race in the Cup Series and Cup drivers should not be allowed. Yes, you're right, a better driver can often beat a better car. But the driver and car are a unit, and combined with the rest of the team players in the pits and shops will often win. Ain't that the way it usually works out in other racing venues too? And don't forget that cheating added a lot to many winner's circles in the good ole days; it wasn't just what comapny built the "better car".

As for the analogy of paddle shifters showing up on production cars from F1 being an advancement, you make a case for my personal opinion that a race car driver should have the talent, motor skills and dexterity to, well, be able to correctly shift the damn thing rather than press a button like in a 56 Packard or a 58 Edsel. Regards...Jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

For the most part we are in agreement. I was under the impression we were getting FWD rammed down our throats by the auto makers since it was cheaper to mass produce. I am sure some minor advances out of Nascar had made it to the recent production cars.. but good luck naming them.

Yes there was cheating in old Nascar, there still is today. The cheating was what made it interesting. Yes there is something to be said for a 12 inch throw from 3rd to 4th gear but there is also something to be said for the level of driving that can be achieved when the driver can focus more on the driving and less on the shifting. I am still going to maintain a season of oval racing except for the 2 exceptions makes for a pretty dull season.


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Sartvalve; NASCAR had to do something when Detroit ceased manufacturing vehicles that did not at all fall into the *written in stone* front engine, rear wheel drive, rear axle, wheelbase dims, 2-dr coupe rules. So should the series be abolshed? Not. Heck, the (former) Chrysler Corp didn't even field any machines (and GM was going prod FWD) . Should the Series be abolished because of rules changes? I say not again. Should NBA be abolished because every kid playing is 7-foot-?? in height? No, but probably we may see rules be modified in the future. Do we have issues with the future? You bet. I don't know, but I still like the "ole" timey stuff, and until I see my new Corvette or old timey Pantera or TBM (semi-gloss) charged from my coffee pot outlet, I'll say keep bringing on past stuff to educate us on new stuff. An observation; NASCAR and NASA and FAA have co-initiated a bunch of things that may (rest my eventual demise) have allowed me to blabber here once again. My point is that I really disagree with you dissing the folks that work for/with or just enjoy the competition (that you previously deleted me is of no personal importance).

As far as what you particularly find more exciting, I have no issues. Back in the 1970s my wife and I were fortunate enough to tour the entire European Grand Prix Circuit for a whole sesason; the experience will never leave me although my enthusiasm for GP has recently wained somewhat. I might take a good-hearted shot at, but will not badmouth afficianados, including you, for enthusiasm for motorsports of any class. I just think all motorsports stuff is cool, but I get a little out of whack when somebody classifies a myriad of afficianadoes and participators as lesser than their own paricular likes.

I don't want to contribute to kicking dust out of flyshit here, but I am secure in having a bit more respect for NASCAR than you do. No problem. Regards...Jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3836 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1464 times:

With grids that big why mess with the minor league Bush series when half the Nextel cup drivers race there anyway?

I actually agree with you on this one....this is my least favorite thing about NASCAR. Nextel Cup guys shouldn't be allowed to go in & "Buschwack" the Busch Series drivers. That sucks. You know who's gonna win the restrictor plate races in BGN these days (Jr.) & can pretty much expect Harvick & others to run in the top 10 all day & pick up wins & unnecessary points that the regulars should have. I think it's more tolerable when it's a Cup guy who doesn't win over there often (i.e. Joe Nemechek, Todd Bodine), but if it's somebody in superior equipment who can (and in the case of Harvick, Jr., Mikey, Kenseth, who do) win races, get them out of there.

DeltaRules



Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineUsatoeze From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 358 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Dave Blaney, who doesnt have a car right now. He went to my very small high school.




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