Why spectacular NASCAR is overlooked in Europe

The NASCAR Cup Series is one of the most spectacular forms of racing on Planet Earth – the only problem is that it’s also one of the most inaccessible to people outside of America.

This isn’t a notion based on the difficulty of becoming a NASCAR driver, nor the ability for fans to engage with drivers and teams – the usual factors by which accessibility is determined. Instead, NASCAR’s inaccessibility in Europe lies simply in how different it is from everything else.

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Daytona 500 delivers unexpected spectacle as Hamlin ends drought

Opening the season with your blue-ribbon race has its drawbacks. It’s a double whammy of anticipation when the NASCAR Cup season-opener also happens to be the Daytona 500 – otherwise dubbed the Great American Race.

Throughout Speedweeks – the week of races building up to the 500 – it seemed as though this year’s season-opener was destined to be anything but great and that the anticipation was tinted toxic.


The Clash controversy and what it could mean for the Daytona 500

The concept of The Clash is unique to NASCAR. A televised pre-season race featuring the elite 20 drivers within the category, racing for nothing more than the honour of pride and a cash prize.

Despite the format typically cultivating a thrilling spectacle that perfectly wets the appetite ahead of NASCAR’s marquee race – the Daytona 500 – this year’s Clash was messy, maligned and expensive.

In his maiden race with new crew chief Kevin Meendering and new sponsor Ally, seven-time Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson earned his first win in over a year. However, jubilant celebrations in Victory Lane glossed over the fact that the win was sealed by Johnson spinning long-time race leader Paul Menard in front of the field on what turned out to be the final lap of the race.