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clay_mdy

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I started watching Nascar in the late 80s. I watched a race that Earnhardt won and i was hooked to both Nascar and as an Earnhardt fan. I have been watching avidly ever since. I floundered for a good while when 3 passed away. I followed Jr then Gordon and now i am a 9 fan. Chase is a future Great in ther sport i believe. I love this site by the way.
 

WanderingVTer

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My grandmother watched NASCAR and was a big Jeff Gordon fan when he joined the Cup series so that was her driver. I think it was around 1996 when she got me into NASCAR and I was 7. I became an Earnhardt fan from the get-go. Still an Earnhardt fan, so I watch a lot of the old races because I have not connected with any of the current drivers. I mainly watch short track racing now.
 

cootskids

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My first NASCAR race was the 1969 Daytona 500. Been to over 35 Daytona 500's since. Plus a few other tracks over the years.
 

TruexJrFan19

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When i was a kid around 8 or 9 my 2 best friends parents were huge fans. They had huge collections and used to always have the race on the tv in the garage and MRN playing from the truck radio outside. 2001 Daytona 500 ,i was 9 years old, i picked Dale Sr because i just loved the black 3 looked so badass. I remember my parents had to run errands so i missed the race but when i got back our local news was showing the crash and the loss of Dale Sr. I really didnt know too much about it.

After that i started really getting into the sport and pulled for Dale Jr until 2006 when I started pulling Truex Jr after he won the last 2 NXS titles. and the rest is history.
 
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Ok I got interested in motorsport in 1973. Mostly F1. In NASCAR my fav (still is) was Richard Petty. Then in 1987 I switched to Davy Allison. When he died I stayed with the #28 Havoline car and cheered on Ernie Irvin. When he got injured it was Dale Jarrett driving the #28. Ernie came back and I rooted for him. In the early 2000s when he was driving the #8 Bud car it was Dale Jr. Then Red Bull racing came along. Since I was a fan of the RB F1 team I rooted for Brian Vickers. I had followed Danica Patricks career since her FF 2000 days I cheered her on for a while. Then I decided to cheer for an underdog driver. Martin Truex Jr. driving the #78 Furniture Row Racing car recently vacated by Kurt Busch. Had no clue at the time what would happen and its been a great ride so far. When I first started rooting for MTJ all I could find was one #78 hat when I went to the race. Next up when Martin retires? Looking at Noah Gregson and of course Hallie Deegan. I watched Noah drive legends cars at the LVMS Bullring and watched Hallie win at the Dirt Track at LVMS.
 

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In 1968 my Dad took my little brother and me to Riverside for the Motor Trend 500...hooked on auto racing from that moment on. It was a couple of years before I went o my first oval race at Ontario. We were going to Corona Raceway (it was about 3 blocks from where I now live) All three of these tracks are history now, but I was hooked. AJ Foyt caught my eye and I was a huge fan of the Indy cars of the era.
 

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I've been a fan literally since I was born. I had nearly the entire 2004 roster in diecast form when I was three or four years old and it just snowballed from there. The first race I remember watching is the 2007 Daytona 500, which is why I was a Harvick fan until the Talladega incident. Jumped from driver to driver for a while, but I think I'm set pretty well with Tyler Reddick.
 

CROAN82

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My dad got into NASCAR after the 1993 Daytona 500, that eventually spread to my mom and I've just grown up with my brother, my mom, and my dad being NASCAR fans. I went to my first live Cup race back in November with my brother, and went to Daytona with my dad for the gatorade twin 125s and the truck race.
 

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To be honest, I couldn't tell you any specifics on what year I stared watching and what race, it was just always on when I was a little kid and it got me hooked. Even though NASCAR may no longer be my favorite motorsport, I'll always appreciate it for getting me into motorsport.
 

chris_250466

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The oldest NASCAR Motion Picture I know is Elvis Presley's "Speedway" (1968). Are there older ones?
 

MHG

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My grandfather was sort of a NASCAR fan. I'm not sure when he became one, but he was. I also started getting into NASCAR when I saw Cars as a child. I was absolutely obsessed over Cars. I collected diecasts, watched every sequel in theaters, and had Cars clothes. Then in about 2017/18 I went from a casual/occasional fan to a die hard. I started watching almost every single race, practice and qualifying included. And I started hunting for diecasts any time I had a chance to get my grubby hands on one.
 
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SammyInABox1

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I started watching Nascar after watching the Cars movie. It really interested me in the sport. Now I'm into a lot of motorsport, mostly Nascar and Formula One. Me and my parents didn't really go to races until 2018, at the Summer Pocono race. I have a picture on my father's work phone of Ryan Newman signing my program. When he wrecked at Daytona, I looked at that picture, gave me emotion and more love for the sport.
 

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I only got into NASCAR thanks to the 2007 Daytona 500, ever since then I've been watching as much as I can, here in Colombia NASCAR was only highlighted during the Juan Pablo Montoya era, although he never was my favorite driver, but after 2009 no longer the sport was promoted so I had to scramble among the HUGE soccer based sport fanbase to find anything about NASCAR.
But although the 2007 Daytona 500 hooked me up, it was the 200 mph shockwave games that trully made me love the sport.
 
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chris_250466

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How I got into NASCAR? I think I could put the blame on Nigel Mansell. Mansell was my favorite racing driver in the beginning 90's and became the F1 champion in 1992. Well, you must understand, that U.S. Racing that time was almost unknown in Europe that time. Yes, I heard about an "Indianapolis 500" and heard the name Daytona before. NASCAR in Europe was only known in context with Motion Pictures like "Days Of Thunder" or (specifically like Elvis fans like me) "Speedway". After winning the F1 championship '92 Mansell left Europe to join the Newman/Haas IndyCar team in 1993 and won the title there, too. The same year one of the most popular IndyCar drivers, Michael Andretti left IndyCar to try his luck in Formula 1. This was the time I started my interest for U.S. Racing and the success of Mansell in 1993 made this sport here more and more popular. Races were able to see live on TV. Depending with this rising popularity the NASCAR Winston Cup Series also got more and more interest by European Sport channels. So I had the chance to join this races since the middle of the 90's. My favorite drivers were Dale Jarrett & Ernie Irvan. In 1996 the IndyCar sports became divided and this rivalry was the reason that the OWR sports became more and more unattractive; my interests switched to NASCAR, too. This series became my No. 1 from that time on and it still is today.
 

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To be honest, with me it was a mix between Bill Elliott NASCAR Challenge for NES, the release of Papy NR1 and his carsets in the 90s, along with the movie Days of Thunder. I didn't know the sport and from there I got to know little by little and researching whenever possible. Internet was a luxury until the early 2000s. But I confess that I lost my interest when the cars became COT: they are all the same. For me, until 2006 was good.
 

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