The view from my couch
A View from the Stands
by Andy Holland, guest writer for USARfans.com
July 17, 2006
I received an email a few days ago from a good friend of mine who, like all of us, enjoys the sport of stock car racing. Now he's not an avid fan like me, but he does watch a lot of racing on TV and may actually make 2-3 races a year. He asked if I had been to any races lately, and if I planned to make the Pro Cup show in Kenly on July 22nd. He told me that he had been trying to convince some of his NASCAR buddies to check out the Pro Cup race in Kenly, but to date hadn't had a lot of takers.
I remember a time when I also felt NASCAR racing was the only form of racing known to man. It seemed perfectly logical at the time to pay $75-$125 for a Winston Cup race ticket to see the big league stars of racing perform. I remember my last Winston Cup event, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte a few years ago. This was the race that Tony Stewart was flown in by helicopter just before the race started. Here are just a few of my fondest memories from that (my last) NASCAR experience:
I contrast my last NASCAR experience to the Hooters Pro Cup race that I attended July 8th in Hickory. The Pro Cup experience went something like this:
I don't know about you, but to me the Pro Cup experience describes what most race fans are looking for - accessibility, affordable, and great stock car racing. No, you won't find the Madison Avenue celebrities with the million dollar contracts that you see on TV, but you will find exciting, up on the wheel racing by some of the best short track drivers in the country. So if you're a NASCAR fan, give Pro Cup a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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