I typically don’t watch NASCAR on Sunday because there is invariably something more entertaining on TV, whether it be another sporting event or an airing of some crappy Nicolas Cage movie on The CW. But after this year’s Daytona 500 was delayed by rain all the way until Monday night, I was out of excuses.
Taking the attitude of a true NASCAR fan, I decided to keep an open mind about things. I was going to pay somewhat close attention to this race and maybe learn a thing or two.
And I did. Most notably, NASCAR is really boring. Not as boring as cricket, but certainly somewhere on the list of least watchable things I can think of.
I had already reached this conclusion when something truly amazing happened. Somehow, during a caution lap when nothing is supposed to happen — and believe me, it seemed like the entire thing was a caution lap — driver Juan Pablo Montoya’s car spun out of control and crashed into a truck that was clearing debris from the track.
Only this wasn’t just any tru...