I enjoy NASCAR racing to the max. I also enjoy going to the local 1/4 mile track nearby Detroit on a warm Saturday night to see the locals go at it.
The enjoyment of Auto Racing is something you mostly are introduced to, usually at an early age by a family member who enjoys it. You can find it yourself or through a friend and become a fan that way also. But either way you hear of it, you will attend a race or watch it regularly on T.V., pretty much only if you truly enjoy it.
Racing is enjoyed by millions and most of those people are very naturally competitive. There are some filthy rich people out there who do it and who sponsor or back the racers. Some of these names are the biggest names in business. I guess that means anyone wealthy or poor can enjoy racing. Most of these people involved, are highly educated and are some of the nicest individuals you will ever meet, whether or not they are racers, sponsors, or just average fans of the sport.
In all age groups and all nationalities there are many men, women and children who love racing. This covers all age groups, all levels of education and all types of people. The one true common thread, is plainly that these people are extremely competitive by nature and they are the ones that always strive to be the winners in what they choose to do. They must be the doers in society if they set out to be the winners, because you can’t win at anything if you don’t do anything.
Now, as fans of racing, most grow up or are introduced to the dangers involving the participants. From the flagmen to the drivers and safety personnel, they are exposed to many dangers and these dangers are looked at frequently by the racing bodies. The factors involving accidents are usually many and most can be accounted for, but every now and then a new one pops up that we missed or came along because of previous changes.
Auto racing in America is some of the safest racing in the world. I think that the Insurance companies, Lawyers, and the overall concern by the promoters, is what dictates the safety aspect for all the people involved at the event, including the fans as well.
It’s a dangerous world we live, work and play in and at any time something bad can happen. Something concerning a factor that was missed when the safety aspects were updated. Any one who has ever been to any type of a public event of minor or major capacity has to know just from watching the news, that bad things can and do happen occasionally at public gatherings. The promoters try as hard as they can to figure into their safety measures and equipment, things that will cover all of the factors that could happen. But in the realistic and imperfect world in which we live, we will never be able to cover all the bases, just most. So as human beings we all know that accidents can and do happen, and will continue to happen each and every day of our lives.
Being a fan of racing I have seen safety factors increase and trickle down to the point of bicycle helmet laws in different locations, which is great. The local tracks are much safer now than just several years ago. NASCAR does what it can to continue making events safe for everyone. Major changes such as the implementation of safer barriers is still trickling down to smaller tracks, until maybe even the local go-cart tracks will have them. This is taking years to complete.
Now should NASCAR take a serious look at redesigning catch fences, making new standards for all future tracks or should they look at a combination of safety changes and racing changes that will prevent accidents like this and change the definition and reputation of all the high banked ovals. Further making the sport safer for both the drivers and the fans.
The safety factors should all be scoured and planned down to the last thing that we as people can imagine. So all aspects from racing and tracks as they are now, to racing and the building of future tracks, should be covered during every safety review. Constantly studying new ideas, then testing and implementing them if they seem to help.
We will continue as fans and I do believe racing and NASCAR are tuned in to the safety of all, so for now, Save me a seat near the top of the stands and pass the popcorn, because the race is about to start.
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Veteran NASCAR Driver Mark Martin, after having a long string of races, sometimes with some not so happy finishes, has keep up the fight and has become one of the oldest drivers to win a NASCAR Race. I am darn happy to see it. I would like him to stay in it as long as he feels he can do it and NASCAR signs his racing license.
So what I am wondering, is in the future will we start to see some older veterans staying in the sport and enjoying it longer. Veterans and their perspective rookies, mixing it up, for the fun of it, bumper to bumper. Spectacular.
Now we all know that there comes a time when a driver would weigh out all the consequences of racing another season and say that’s it, finished, but now that argument they have with themselves over retiring at a certain age, has a few new influencing factors they have to take into consideration.
The major factor the older drivers can now consider, is how the sport has been taking strides to make it very safe for all. Many innovative ideas have come to play and are proving to help the drivers sustain a major crash with less impact to their bodies. We all have seen some pretty grueling wrecks and it’s amazing at how the drivers more and more are walking away from them. With the changes in the cars, the addition of the Hans device and the advent of the safer barriers, along with many other safety rules and implementations, drivers can take the added safety into account when making that retirement decision now.
The older you get the more mortal we all start to feel, no matter what it is that we do for a living or otherwise. We are reminded even by NASCAR sponsors to eat right, watch our health and keep fit. So if a driver does all that and stays both mentally sharp, physically fit and the safety factors keep increasing the way they are, will the older veterans become more willing to stay in it a little longer? Will they have a little more fun and show the young ones they still got it and maybe win a cup, over the hot young rookies?
I placed my wager that Mark Martin would win another race before he retired and I bet that in the future we will see the average age of drivers increasing over the years, and as long as they have the desire and the health to do it, I hope they do.
So look out all you young guns cause Gramp’s not only has the skill, but he still has a trick or two left up his sleeve and has been waiting for the right time to use them.
CONGRATULATIONS MARK MARTIN, A Real Trend Setter.
Well I have been on Twitter now for a week or so and I can absolutely say without a doubt, that they have found a niche and have ran with it. I feel that’s great for anyone when that happens because it usually involves something new or a newer version of something older, but just modified to make it more likable. But whatever the case if it is like by many, than it must have been needed.
My question is do I truly need it. I have found it to be a neat thing and very unusual to say the least. There are many people on it who are very important, famous or just plain have that charisma to get millions of followers. Twitter is promoted as a place to keep up with friends and families, but I do this by phone and e-mail on a frequent enough basis to satisfy my knowledge of at least everyone I am concerned about.
Now some of the news agencies or other organizations who use it that tweet their latest stuff, usually have feeds to subscribe to also, so I haven’t found a real need to use it in that aspect. Except maybe for following people and organizations without feeds or sites, I think it’s great but still yet not something that I’m going to spend a lot of time doing.
I kind of also find it unfair that I didn’t tweet more. I think that my small group of followers deserve more and I often at times found it very inconvenient to take time from what I was doing to Tweet about it. I will also include the excitation factor of someone similar to me, just a regular guy, versus someone famous. Hands down they would be much more exciting to follow and that’s that. I was following someone who the site recommended when I signed on who I think was a big star and her tweets were much more interesting than mine will ever be.
Maybe it’s the friend factor of the whole thing that people like, but I have always felt in my life that a real tangible friend that I can see, talk to and visit whenever I feel like, is much different than friends I have never met and have only communicated with by computer. They can not be placed in the same group and to do that would be unfair to them. They can’t come running to help you lift something into the house where as the others can. So they are both necessary to fulfill that ring of friendships you have. In my lifetime I have learned that true friendships are not made or chased, if they are meant to happen then they will, without going out of your way to get them. So the making friends part doesn’t appeal to me either.
I have noticed something else in the very short span of tweeting. When I used to have ideas flash in for things to write about, they were frequent and full ideas. I just had to sit down and put the words onto pages and there it would be, complete and finished. Now after training my thought process to word things into a short hundred or so letters for the time I tweeted, I find less full ideas for stories popping in and am having a harder time of saying fully just what it is that I’m trying to convey. I was trying so hard to come up with cool tweets that it started to affect my writing in that manner.
Twitter.com I applaud you for becoming something that is very necessary to many people here in the old U.S. of A. and I recommend highly that everyone take the time to sign up and Tweet a few times or so, because it’s fun and you never know who will become one of your followers. But watch out, the fun just might become addictive.