It was over 100 degrees at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the South Point 400. The track staff was given some contradictory instructions for where certain areas were and where Cameron and I had access to. Despite these annoyances, going to my first NASCAR race was a fun and unforgettable experience which changed my perspective on the sport.
Before the race last weekend, I thought very lowly of NASCAR I will admit. I thought it was a “sport” that only involved cars going around a circle in and I did not understand how people could get into such a thing.
But covering the race completely changed my perspective on NASCAR, and it is now a sport I am invested in. I realize that there is a lot more strategy to NASCAR than that which meets the eye. Timing pit stops is challenging, figuring out how to pass while trying to hold off other cars while driving at 175 miles per hour is extremely challenging and that takes a lot of skill and strategy. It was thrilling to watch.
Hearing 38 engines rev up as the race starts is a lovely sound to listen to and to see in person cars accelerating at such a fast speed is incredible to witness. Also, restarts after cautions and stages are tense as it shuffles the deck of the order of the cars and changes up the race. For example, Joey Logano was dominating the race, but after restarts and getting his car damaged, he dropped dramatically.
Martin Truex Jr. won the race thanks to winning the second stage and passing Kevin Harvick later in the race after the final pit stops.
With the playoff season now in full swing as Vegas was the first playoff race, I am excited to see how it plays out.
To all of my sports-loving friends, go to a race and give NASCAR a chance. I had the same view you did so please, give it a chance. It’s a fun ride.