Five of the most entertaining drivers in NASCAR
Mark "The Kid" Martin has been entertaining NASCAR fans since he entered the sport in 1981. Now Martin is 53-years old and nearing the end of his career, but his way of entertaining fans on and off the track continues to impress fans, new and old. Working with Michael Waltrip in 2012 entertained fans even more as Martin appeared in several commercials with Waltrip who would have became a comedian if he didn't become a NASCAR driver.
Concrete Carl, as some would say, is the more physically and mentally fit than any other driver in the sport. As someone that witnessed his second career win at the Pocono Raceway in June of 2005, seeing Carl Edwards do his traditional back flip is exhilarating in of itself. Edwards has done his signature flip after most race wins and his driving style is always entertaining to watch, especially when he got into it with then teammate, Matt "The Brat" Kenseth at Martinsville several years ago.
Bad Brad is a true character. The driver of the championship winning car for the 2012 season always had something different going on in his life such as winning at Pocono last year after hurting his left ankle in a testing accident. Brad Keselowski has been truly entertaining especially on the track where he and Crew Chief Paul Wolfe use strategy-after-strategy to win races.
Rowdy himself acts like the M&M characters on the side of his car sometimes. Kyle Busch gets into fights on and off the track quite often which excites fans to the point where he was given similar traits to the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. Busch is either loved or hated by most fans while others just don't like it when he wins. The Las Vega, NV native has been in the sport since 2003 and has quickly become one of the most colorful characters in all of sports.
Good ol' "Smoke." Well actually, he's not so good off the race track. But, he's one of the most talented race car drivers on this planet. Most fans remember Tony Stewart's joke of the year when he ran behind Delana Harvick and smacked her bottom half which had more publicity in a week than Stewart's on-track struggles throughout the year. Stewart is also known for the "Here Kitty Kitty, come get some of this" chant on his radio during the 2007 Brickyard 400 while chasing down Harvick's husband, Kevin Harvick, for the race lead and eventually the win. He's known as the "bad boy" of the sport and that he is.
Entertaining people is all what sports is about. Obviously, the competition of each sport is clearly the most important aspect for each sport but, sports is nothing without the fans. Fans run every single sport within the universe which is clear in the world of Stock Car Racing, otherwise known as, NASCAR.
NASCAR races usually are the most crowded sporting events throughout the globe. Many races have attendance rates with over 100,000 people which is by far more packed than the World Series, Super Bowl and the NBA Finals. Besides having such high attendance rates, NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport in the United States and is second in the world behind Soccer.
What makes races so popular? The atmosphere has plenty to do with it. Adrenaline roars through the bodies of most fans as they see 43 cars weighing more than 3,000+ pounds roaring right past their eyes. By the way, NASCAR fans aren’t poor nor stupid. The average income of a family that watches NASCAR is roughly $50,000 per year according to the NASCAR Sports Services.
Drivers are continuing to make races more popular in numerous ways. One of them and probably the most abundant, using social media to attract fans.
Twitter and Facebook are just two of the many ways that drivers have been competing off of the racetrack attempting to be the craziest, most entertaining driver within the sport.
Drivers are becoming more entertaining each and everyday as they continue to make sure the fans are more involved within NASCAR than any other professional sport.