When I was younger and followed a lot of categories like BTCC, F3000, GT, DTM, etc. I only loosely followed NASCAR, it did not appeal to me. This changed lately though – I only began to rediscover other categories and NASCAR is now firmly near the top of the list. I followed news for some time after watching the wild finish at the Glen this year, got acquainted with the rules, heard about the Chase fight unfolding between Johnson and Keselowski, and finally catched a replay of their outright fender-to-fender racing at the last but one restart at Texas few laps from the finish, fighting for the lead side-by-side for two laps at that late stage of the season. That was the last straw, I then watched some great races this year, the Shootout, Daytona, Bristol, Talladega, etc., and catched the end of the race at Phoenix live.
This was the first time I watched NASCAR live – and instantly I got the wildest finish of the year. (Well, I heard the second Dega race is also a contender…) I was embarrased slightly at Gordon and Bowyer as well, but the general thing that stuck me the most was the late season suspense and that emotions got to the surface a lot more than I used to see in F1. Keselowski’s reaction in the press room shortly afterwards, the G-W-C events, how he survived, etc. It was insane and while I could certainly be glad for Gordon to control himself in the future, the whole experience was overwhelming once again.