Something about the "Good ol' days" of NASCAR that you DO NOT miss

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Single File Restarts, trying to find the the races on different channels each week (even though I'd take a TNN Network presentation over anything Fox has given us lately or NBC to an extent. NBC actually wasnt that bad last year looking back on it), non mandated safety regulations like not wearing a Hans Device, and Rusty Wallace.
 

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Single File Restarts, trying to find the the races on different channels each week (even though I'd take a TNN Network presentation over anything Fox has given us lately or NBC to an extent. NBC actually wasnt that bad last year looking back on it), non mandated safety regulations like not wearing a Hans Device, and Rusty Wallace.
Poor Rusty. LOL
 

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The "haves" winning 90% of the races and the "have nots" being 30 other drivers who finished off the lead lap every race. We talk now about how we miss underfunded teams going out there and winning a race because they hit the setup but that was far from the norm.

Under 10 cars typically finishing on the lead lap.
 

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Having only 3 races broadcasted on live TV.
Many people complain about race content scattered across broadcast networks, basic cable channels, second-tier cable channels, streaming services, etc. Regardless of the delivery methods, we have access to more live racing than ever before, with practice and qualifying for multiple top-level and feeder series. Yeah, some of it costs extra bucks but in the 'Good Ol' Days', you couldn't buy that coverage if you wanted.

I sure as Hell don't miss looking at the TV schedule and seeing 'NASCAR Racing (jip)' That was 'Joined In Progress', usually after the local team's game finished.
 

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Many people complain about race content scattered across broadcast networks, basic cable channels, second-tier cable channels, streaming services, etc. Regardless of the delivery methods, we have access to more live racing than ever before, with practice and qualifying for multiple top-level and feeder series. Yeah, some of it costs extra bucks but in the 'Good Ol' Days', you couldn't buy that coverage if you wanted.

I sure as Hell don't miss looking at the TV schedule and seeing 'NASCAR Racing (jip)' That was 'Joined In Progress', usually after the local team's game finished.
Even better. When Wide World of Sports would show bits and pieces of the Daytona 500, Atlanta 500, and others and would join in live for the last 1/4 of the race. You had to sit through gymnastics, tennis, swimming, etc. to see any of the racing.
 

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Even better. When Wide World of Sports would show bits and pieces of the Daytona 500, Atlanta 500, and others and would join in live for the last 1/4 of the race. You had to sit through gymnastics, tennis, swimming, etc. to see any of the racing.
Speaking of Wide World, anyone know if ESPN shows cliff diving?
 

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Back in the day racing people were even less mainstream than now. My 5th grade teacher found out I wanted to be a race car driver and he spent some class time ridiculing my dream in front of everyone else. My teacher Mr Hill was at least a distant freind of Ned Jarrett or so he said and he bought some pictures of them at least posing together.

He told me along with the class how Ned was effected by things like the Fireball Roberts crash and how they were was no money to be made in it for a family man so Ned retired. All of which was at least 99% true in the most profound sense.

My own Mama is a good person and Mother but she told me not to ever buy or build a race car until I moved out cause she wasnt having it in her home. She never attended any race or race practice(s) of mine. She wasnt going to encourage her boys trashy pursuits.

I was raised in church and I could write in detail about being shunned as a high school student and as a young man that was absolute about his desires to be a race car driver. I was also sincere about what I learned at church during those years and active as a young person could ever be about supporting the work and even leading in many of those church events. I want to emphasize this was a long time ago before most readers here was even born and I also felt the same shunning from professional types as well during those years.

This aint self pity it was just the way it was during the time and I think most people that was hardcore about racing during those days had similar or relatable experiences.

So I will just have to take a pass on original thread question. It was the primative racing years and other than it being the killer years I would havet missed it for the world.

The cars were crude and much less perfect. The gap from first to last was definitely greater during those days. The following analogy may miss but it represents my feeling.

The Revolutionary soilder wasnt any less of a warrior than a modern day one that can accomplish so much more based on the better tools, weapons and technology. By the same token the modern day one sacrifices too and is a no less of patriot than the famed originals that we read about in our fornative years.

A lot of rambling but I have and loved the racing I grew up on. I am sure some of it is more sentinental than technical but I dont care it drove my passion. I would not trade the years or the time of my journey for any other years. It was the greatest show ever.
I had the time of my life and hope the previous sentence is true for all readers regardles of your own personal era.
 

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Back in the day racing people were even less mainstream than now. My 5th grade teacher found out I wanted to be a race car driver and he spent some class time ridiculing my dream in front of everyone else. My teacher Mr Hill was at least a distant freind of Ned Jarrett or so he said and he bought some pictures of them at least posing together.

He told me along with the class how Ned was effected by things like the Fireball Roberts crash and how they were was no money to be made in it for a family man so Ned retired. All of which was at least 99% true in the most profound sense.

My own Mama is a good person and Mother but she told me not to ever buy or build a race car until I moved out cause she wasnt having it in her home. She never attended any race or race practice(s) of mine. She wasnt going to encourage her boys trashy pursuits.

I was raised in church and I could write in detail about being shunned as a high school student and as a young man that was absolute about his desires to be a race car driver. I was also sincere about what I learned at church during those years and active as a young person could ever be about supporting the work and even leading in many of those church events. I want to emphasize this was a long time ago before most readers here was even born and I also felt the same shunning from professional types as well during those years.

This aint self pity it was just the way it was during the time and I think most people that was hardcore about racing during those days had similar or relatable experiences.

That's true, forgot about that. My mom HATED me being into NASCAR. With a passion. She'd imitate the southern-speaking accents, saying it was "drinking, fighting, and ******", and all they do is go in a circle, etc. She never got over it.
 

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That's true, forgot about that. My mom HATED me being into NASCAR. With a passion. She'd imitate the southern-speaking accents, saying it was "drinking, fighting, and ******", and all they do is go in a circle, etc. She never got over it.
Glad I grew up in a family that liked racing. My Grandpa on my Dad's side and uncle raced on Midwest short tracks around Northeast Indiana back in the day. Grew up a NASCAR fan.
 

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Back in the day racing people were even less mainstream than now. My 5th grade teacher found out I wanted to be a race car driver and he spent some class time ridiculing my dream in front of everyone else. My teacher Mr Hill was at least a distant freind of Ned Jarrett or so he said and he bought some pictures of them at least posing together.

He told me along with the class how Ned was effected by things like the Fireball Roberts crash and how they were was no money to be made in it for a family man so Ned retired. All of which was at least 99% true in the most profound sense.

My own Mama is a good person and Mother but she told me not to ever buy or build a race car until I moved out cause she wasnt having it in her home. She never attended any race or race practice(s) of mine. She wasnt going to encourage her boys trashy pursuits.

I was raised in church and I could write in detail about being shunned as a high school student and as a young man that was absolute about his desires to be a race car driver. I was also sincere about what I learned at church during those years and active as a young person could ever be about supporting the work and even leading in many of those church events. I want to emphasize this was a long time ago before most readers here was even born and I also felt the same shunning from professional types as well during those years.

This aint self pity it was just the way it was during the time and I think most people that was hardcore about racing during those days had similar or relatable experiences.

So I will just have to take a pass on original thread question. It was the primative racing years and other than it being the killer years I would havet missed it for the world.

The cars were crude and much less perfect. The gap from first to last was definitely greater during those days. The following analogy may miss but it represents my feeling.

The Revolutionary soilder wasnt any less of a warrior than a modern day one that can accomplish so much more based on the better tools, weapons and technology. By the same token the modern day one sacrifices too and is a no less of patriot than the famed originals that we read about in our fornative years.

A lot of rambling but I have and loved the racing I grew up on. I am sure some of it is more sentinental than technical but I dont care it drove my passion. I would not trade the years or the time of my journey for any other years. It was the greatest show ever.
I had the time of my life and hope the previous sentence is true for all readers regardles of your own personal era.

What impacted me with this post was the race car's crudeness. I remember reading a car magazine - I think Road and Track, back in the day and they had a huuge story on the fact that NASCAR actually had some tech they werent just skateboards with big engine.


I remember thinking, but Thats why I like them!!!!


This is why my dreamcar is a 65 mustang GTO
 

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Single File Restarts, trying to find the the races on different channels each week (even though I'd take a TNN Network presentation over anything Fox has given us lately or NBC to an extent. NBC actually wasnt that bad last year looking back on it), non mandated safety regulations like not wearing a Hans Device, and Rusty Wallace.
The thing I hated about the single flie restarts is how the lined up the lapped cars on the inside. Yet, when the field came around the next time, the flagman would start waving the move over flag. They were put there and now you want them to move out of the way. So dumb.
 

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The thing I hated about the single flie restarts is how the lined up the lapped cars on the inside. Yet, when the field came around the next time, the flagman would start waving the move over flag. They were put there and now you want them to move out of the way. So dumb.
Yeah, the second place car would be 4 or 5 cars back sometimes and with two or three laps to go, it was a mess.
 

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The thing I hated about the single flie restarts is how the lined up the lapped cars on the inside. Yet, when the field came around the next time, the flagman would start waving the move over flag. They were put there and now you want them to move out of the way. So dumb.
The leaders had already passed these guys once. Why should they have to pass them again?
 

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Back in the day racing people were even less mainstream than now. My 5th grade teacher found out I wanted to be a race car driver and he spent some class time ridiculing my dream in front of everyone else. My teacher Mr Hill was at least a distant freind of Ned Jarrett or so he said and he bought some pictures of them at least posing together.

He told me along with the class how Ned was effected by things like the Fireball Roberts crash and how they were was no money to be made in it for a family man so Ned retired. All of which was at least 99% true in the most profound sense.

My own Mama is a good person and Mother but she told me not to ever buy or build a race car until I moved out cause she wasnt having it in her home. She never attended any race or race practice(s) of mine. She wasnt going to encourage her boys trashy pursuits.

I was raised in church and I could write in detail about being shunned as a high school student and as a young man that was absolute about his desires to be a race car driver. I was also sincere about what I learned at church during those years and active as a young person could ever be about supporting the work and even leading in many of those church events. I want to emphasize this was a long time ago before most readers here was even born and I also felt the same shunning from professional types as well during those years.

This aint self pity it was just the way it was during the time and I think most people that was hardcore about racing during those days had similar or relatable experiences.

So I will just have to take a pass on original thread question. It was the primative racing years and other than it being the killer years I would havet missed it for the world.

The cars were crude and much less perfect. The gap from first to last was definitely greater during those days. The following analogy may miss but it represents my feeling.

The Revolutionary soilder wasnt any less of a warrior than a modern day one that can accomplish so much more based on the better tools, weapons and technology. By the same token the modern day one sacrifices too and is a no less of patriot than the famed originals that we read about in our fornative years.

A lot of rambling but I have and loved the racing I grew up on. I am sure some of it is more sentinental than technical but I dont care it drove my passion. I would not trade the years or the time of my journey for any other years. It was the greatest show ever.
I had the time of my life and hope the previous sentence is true for all readers regardles of your own personal era.
It was definately the time of my life!
I didn't have too much ridicule in school because of our rural setting and close proximity to a few tracks. Everyone knew somebody with a race car.
Aside from safety (my fiberglass seat held in with some 3/8 bolts and fender washers was the hot setup) I'd love to go back to leaf cars on dirt. Some of the best racing ever.
 

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I’ve been watching a lot of races from 2003-2010 this off season, and it’s staggering just how many people used to be at these tracks. 100, 150, 200k people every week. The thing I don’t miss about the old days is being 2 hours from Pocono and it taking 5 hours to get home because of traffic. 50k people is much more manageable.
 

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The leaders had already passed these guys once. Why should they have to pass them again?
It's not the point about passing them again. It's that NASCAR placed them there, per their rules, and then the next lap they are told to get out of the way.
 

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It's not the point about passing them again. It's that NASCAR placed them there, per their rules, and then the next lap they are told to get out of the way.
I got your point. I was adding why I disliked having the lap-down cars on the inside.
 

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I remember it being so crowded at a Charlotte race that the wimmins were going directly to the men's restrooms due to their longer lines. I would call it a necessity for the time at least at that race, and everyone was respectful I dont recall any vulgar behavior
 

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All of it. There isn't a single thing about NASCAR today I enjoy more than 2000-2013.


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I don't miss Brian France killing Nascar one year at a time. I thought he had it done in 2007 with the first version of the Car of Tomorrow, sounds like some 50's version of the jetson mobile, and it looked like it was designed by a New York cab company.
 
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