In the grand scheme of things, lots more people watch auto racing than actually race cars. On any given weekend, there will be hundreds of thousands of people at NASCAR races, tens of thousands at NHRA national events, and untold thousands at small drag strips, tractor pulling arenas, dirt tracks, and mud bog pits around the country. We’re racing fans here and as much as we love being in the thick of it, we’re happy in the grandstands with a cold beer and a good view on a warm Saturday night as well.
If we were handicapping the answers to this question, we’d probably put short track stock car racing and drag racing close to the top for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you can see the whole course from start to finish so you can actually watch the whole race. Secondly, there is a wide variety of iron from class to class and on test-n-tune nights you literally never know what is coming from one pair to the next. One of the potential dark horse candidates here is mud racing, which is big time popular down South and pits massive, high horsepower trucks slog and fly through pits of thick gumbo-like mud.
There’s road racing, autocrossing, truck pulling, drifting, monster trucks, and a bunch of other junk we have not even mentioned. Despite the tough times that the country has been gutting through for the last several years, there are still cheap racing tickets to be had out there. Support your local tracks!
Here’s the question: What is the most exciting motorsport to watch as a spectator?