I'm not much of a NASCAR fan. I watch it when I'm visiting friends and family and want to sit and drink beer with the menfolk, and I've worked at a couple of races at Kentucky Speedway. I'm not really a "car" guy, and "Go fast, turn left" gets boring after a while.
But if NASCAR was to go back to its roots, I'd quickly become a fan. Here's what I think should be done to jazz up the races:
- Quit racing on super speedways. Race on two-lane country roads that are laid out to form a five mile course. This should include hills, right and left turns, and trees.
- Make all cars have a trunk. Put a couple hundred gallons of denatured alcohol in the trunk to replicate the rum-running experience for today's drivers.
- Race unless there are tornadoes in the area. Rain, shine, snow, whatever. Bootleggers had to get the moonshine to market no matter what, so today's drivers can do it.
- Every so often, put a chase car out there to take a lap. Any car that gets passed by the chase car has to stop in pit row until the leader has done one lap. That will simulate the experience of being chased by revenuers and county sheriffs.