Conner’s Corner: NASCAR return makes me happy

As baseball stadiums continue to lay empty across the country, the sport of NASCAR is ready to go racing.

This will be one of the only live sports in the U.S. since the government initiated safety protocols because of the coronavirus.

While it is not baseball, NASCAR is my fifth favorite sport. I’m excited to be able to watch these athletes compete after a two month shut down. The virtual racing that was done was a pathetic attempt to simulate the sport. But when a driver that has never finished in the top 10 of a real race, wins the virtual one that shows how lame it actually is.

Animation cannot and never will be able to show the raw emotion of the sport of NASCAR. From the high speeds, the rubbing of metal against metal, the strategies employed to try and win a race, and the actual driving around the track can never be duplicated in a game. Those are what makes a live race exciting.

NASCAR, minus the fans will resume their schedule on Sunday at the track in Darlington, South Carolina. Three days later another round of racing will continue at Darlington. Another Sunday race on Memorial weekend will feature the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte. Then the final race in May will take place three days after that. Again the race will be held at Charlotte.

I for one can not wait. I will be rooting for my driver, Ryan Blaney in the No. 12 car. Hopefully he can drive to the front and take the checkered flag when it is waved.

It will actually be nice to sit in front of my TV and yell at live-action rather than screaming at the WII, or some game that was decided years ago being replayed for fans.

I just want to say thank you to NASCAR for getting us one step closer to normalcy.