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Discussion Topic: Where does NASCAR rank among your favorite sports?

By admin | October 29, 2013

By Richard Allen

Over the past few days, it has been somewhat of a sports fan’s paradise. There have been World Series games, the NFL, college football and NASCAR among other things on television. The choices have been so plenteous that many fans have no doubt had to make some tough decisions as well as keep the remote working overtime.

All this variety has caused me to think about where all the major sports I watch rank in terms of most favored to least favored. By major sports, I am referring to those that receive significant television coverage.

Of course, the successes or failures of a fan’s most liked team or teams no doubt plays a role in determining where a particular sport ranks on the hierarchy of favorites list. And obviously, the fan’s geographic location is likely to be a factor in the decision making process as well. For example, those of us living in the South are far more exposed to college football than are those in the northeast.

So with all of that said, here is the list of my favorite major sports, starting with the most liked at the top.

Racing has always been at the top of my sports list.

1. NASCAR- Racing has always been and will always be my favorite sport. I may often be critical of the powers that be in NASCAR, but that’s because I am so passionate about it. If there is a race on TV, even on a ‘cookie cutter’ track, I will watch that first and squeeze any other sport that might be up against the race in during commercial breaks.

College football is a way of life in the South.

2. College Football- Hey, I live in the heart of SEC country. It would probably be some sort of a crime to not list college football at or near the top of the list. However, this is a sport that will see my interest level rise and fall based on the success or failure of the Tennessee Volunteers. Needless to say, college football has waned in my mind over the past several seasons, but hopefully, it is “Rising to the Top” now.

I always feel better after a Reds victory.

3. Major League Baseball- Some of my earliest sports memories come from baseball. As an 8 year old, I remember watching Boston’s Carlton Fisk wave at his homerun shot in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. But I also remember my Cincinnati Reds celebrating on the field after clinching the title after Game 7.

My son and I had a great time attending the recent Titans vs 49ers game in Nashville.

4. NFL- This is the sports world’s powerhouse when it comes to media coverage. It would be somewhat difficult to be a sports fan and not at least have some idea of what’s going on in professional football. The NFL often leads off the program on sports related news shows, even when it is out of season. The fact that I don’t have a single team I am totally devoted to probably hurts the NFL in my overall ranking, but I still enjoy watching the game for the sake of the game.

Supercross offers up as much excitement as any sport.

5. Supercross- Even though I couldn’t dream of riding a motorcycle for even one lap over a Supercross course, I have grown to really enjoy this sport over the last few years. My family and I had a great time attending a race a couple of years ago in the Georgia Dome.

6. College Basketball- As a former high school basketball coach, I’ve always had a passion for the sport. And the college variety of hoops is my favorite, especially around the time of the NCAA Tournament.

7. PGA- I enjoy watching golf, especially the major tournaments. They often make for great drama.

8. NBA- As much as I enjoy college basketball, I am only marginally entertained by the professional version of the sport. I typically only watch at playoff time or if there is nothing else of interest on.

9. NHL- I don’t think I’ve ever watched more than two minutes consecutively of any hockey game. I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.

With all this said, I limited my choices to the major televised sports. Dirt Late Model racing trumps everything else when there is one near enough for me to attend and report on for TennesseeRacer.com. And living in east Tennessee, there is almost always a dirt track in action on the weekends.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my list. I am interested in seeing your list of favorite sports in the comments section below.

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26 Responses to “Discussion Topic: Where does NASCAR rank among your favorite sports?”

  1. Patrick R Dron Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    1. Nascar (and racing in general)
    2.Major League Baseball
    3. college baseball
    4. minor league baseball
    5. women’s college basketball
    6. men’s college basketball
    7. college football
    8. NHL
    9. NFL

  2. Terry T Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    1. NFL- Go Packers!
    2. College football- Go Vols!
    3. NASCAR- Was higher before Brian France came along.
    4. College basketball- Go Vols!
    5. MLB- Go Braves!

  3. Nick DeGroot Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    1-NASCAR
    2-V8 Supercars
    3-Indycar
    4-Formula 1
    5-United Sports Car Racing
    6-Global Rallycross
    7-AMA Supercross
    8-British Touring Car Championship
    9-MotoGP
    10-NFL & MLB

    Yeah…I’m kind of a big race fan.

  4. Russ Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    1 - F1
    2 - World Endurance Championship
    3 - College Football
    4 - NFL
    5 - MLB
    6 - Barclays Premier League
    7 - ? Nascar

  5. Trever S. Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    1. NFL- The success of the Steelers is probably why this is so high on the list
    2 NASCAR- The NFL is about the only thing Id watch over NASCAR.
    3. College Basketball- March Madness is hard to top as far as intensity and excitement
    4. NHL- Fast-paced, intense, & requires alot of skill, way better to watch on TV than MLB/NBA.
    5. College Football- All-Day Saturday I will have it on.
    6. MLB- It’s slow-paced and a long regular season, but the Playoffs make up for that.
    7. PGA- Mainly here because of the Four Majors
    8. Supercross- The Live coverage is spectacular on FS1
    9. NBA- Just not a fan

  6. Tom Wilkinson Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 4:59 am

    1. Tampa Bay Rays
    2. NASCAR

  7. Tom Wilkinson Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 5:01 am

    3. NFL
    4. College BB

  8. Bill B Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 5:52 am

    NASCAR
    NFL
    NHL
    MLB
    Women’s jello wrestling…. joking.

  9. Ken Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 6:35 am

    #1. NASCAR
    #2. NHRA
    #3. Indy car
    #4. Formula 1

    Even though Brian France has destroyed NASCAR and turned it into a joke of its former self, it is still my favorite sport. I never have, do not now, nor ever will, waste my time watching any stick-and-ball sports.

  10. Daniel Caudill Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 7:02 am

    1. NASCAR
    2. Indycar
    3. Any professional tennis
    4. Any professional soccer
    5. College Ultimate
    6. X-Games

  11. Ray Fitzgerald Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    1 College football, has supplanted NFL (24/7 coverage has gotten very old)
    2 NFL - Redskins have had a bad two decades, but there is always hope. Football is the greatest sport ever invented.
    3 MLB, the Nats are a talented team, still catching up with the Cards and Braves. Braves are evil
    4 NHL, Caps make the playoffs every year, #8 is better than any Canadian.
    5 College basketball, March Madness rivals fall sports
    6 Nascar, just went to Charlotte with my son, we had a great time.
    7 Soccer - Premier League. Catch a DC United game now and then. Bucket list is to see a match in England
    8 High school sports
    9 NBA
    10 Golf

  12. Ken Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    1. College Football

    2. NASCAR

    3. Don’t care about any of the others!

  13. Glen H. Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    1. NHL - Go Blackhawks
    2. NFL
    3. NASCAR
    4. NHRA
    5. IndyCar
    6. F1
    7. MLB
    8. PGA

  14. midasmicah Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    1. MLB (die hard Giants fan)
    2. nascar (and fading)
    3. nfl
    4. college football
    5. PGA

  15. GinaV24 Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    1. NASCAR (although it is less of a passion now than before Brainless France took over and “fixed” it.)
    2. NFL (Go Vikings)
    3. Global rally racing - love this, wish is wasn’t so hard to find on TV
    4. NHL - but only during the playoffs. I used to be a passionate hockey fan but strikes, too many teams, etc. left me not as interested. Funny thing - dilution and foolishness also plagues racing.

  16. racefangurl Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    1. NASCAR
    2. Indycar
    3. F1
    4. Basketball
    5. the others can’t watch V8 Supercars ,United Sports Car Racing ,Global Rallycross, AMA Supercross, British Touring Car Championship ,MotoGP or 24 hour car races since we don’t have cable TV. I don’t football at all, and I don’t care about baseball, hockey, golf and other sports. I think Rich and me have the same favorite driver, maybe. Well if I’m right about Trevor Bayne, no surprise given where Rich lives. Yes, I’m a girl, but I’m a race fan before I’m a REAL FAN of his. Not a shallow girl

  17. SRQ Mick Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    1. NFL GRB Packers
    2. College Football (Go Badgers)
    3. College Mens’s Basketball
    4. PGA Tour Golf
    5. TB Rays
    6. NASCAR (was on Top in 80’s-90’s
    7. Indy Car

    Brian France; Downforce Cars; and moronic TV coverage have downgraded the sport for all but the Tweeters its seems. Programming emphasis seems to respond to the Tweeting/social media crowd

  18. J-Smooth Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    1. NASCAR (there are love-hate days, but I’m incurably addicted)
    2. NFL (Go Broncos!)
    3. College football (Oregon Ducks, Texas Longhorns)
    4. World Cup Soccer (I blame my 11-year old son for this. He got me hooked.)
    4. March Madness
    5. NBA (mainly at playoff time)
    6. MLB (way too slow. Used to be #1)

  19. Mike Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    1) College football (War Eagle!)*
    2) sorta NASCAR Bristol, Martinsville, Darlington, Talladega only
    3) NFL

    *If USAR ProCup was televised, it’d be far & away the best racing, and would end in a first place tie between college football & ProCup

  20. RacingFan Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    1) NASCAR, (but less than 1/4th what it once was to me)
    2) PGA (probably due to admiration of well-done broadcasts)
    3) High School and College Baseball
    4) MLB
    5) Other racing, including F1 and the local dirt track
    6) Olympics

    Sadly, I almost consider NASCAR not to be a sport. It has become so artificial that I am tempted to consider it to be a form of scripted entertainment such as my favorite television detective show. I often enjoy reading these blogs about it more than I do watching the racing.

  21. Tony Geinzer Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I am a big hawk over NASCAR and Motorsports. I do College and Pro and High School Sports,too, but, trust is a premium.

  22. Beth Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    1. Dakar
    2. SCORE (Baja 1000)
    3. NASCAR
    4. Stadium Super Trucks

    I can’t stand to even be in the same room with a TV that is broadcasting any sport that involves playing with balls. Football is the worst as it’s fans all seem to be morons

  23. Offkilter Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Good, interesting article Rich.
    1. Nascar
    2. NFL. Peyton freakin Manning…go Broncos!

    And yes Rich, there is nothing that trumps a tacky fast dirt track, the sweet smell of racing fuel and the ground thumping feel of the super late models.

  24. K.B. Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    1. NASCAR
    2. ROLEX SERIES
    3. LE MANS SERIES
    4. F1
    5. ANY KIND OF CAR RACING
    6. BICYCLE RACING (REALLY!)
    7…… There is nothing else.

  25. Jim_812 Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    1-NASCAR
    2-NFL
    3-NHRA
    4-NBA
    5-NHL
    6-MOTO-GP
    7-INDY CAR
    8-PGA
    I used to follow baseball but a strike many years ago soured me. I can only hope that Brian France is removed before he sours me enough to leave NASCAR too. He’s getting close. I’ve been a fan since about 1980 so I’m trying to hang in there.

  26. Mikey C. Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    1. Motorsports (NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, Rolex, etc)
    2. MLB
    3. NCAA Football
    4. NFL
    5. NHL
    6. Boxing