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Should NASCAR Be Considered A Sport?

Here are two somewhat different definitions of what is “sport” that may help answer the eternal question: should NASCAR be considered a sport?

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  1. an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.



  1. an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. oxforddictionaries .com

What’s Your Answer to Whether NASCAR Should Be Considered a Sport?

The two dictionary definitions listed above highlight the basis of the dispute, raged by NASCAR drivers, fans and critics alike about NASCAR’s worthiness of being a sport.

If you look closely at the two definitions, you’ll notice a glaring difference in just the first three words. The Oxford Dictionary definition omits the adjective “athletic” before the noun “activity”.

Many people who feel that NASCAR races aren’t a sport point to the lack of athleticism involved. Their argument goes something like this. How can any activity that involves sitting and driving a car, only turning left in the majority of races, be considered a sport? Where’s the athleticism?

Proponents of NASCAR auto racing as a true sport have a somewhat different view. They point to the difficulty of racing a car at speeds approaching 200 miles per hour, often for 500 miles, as being a very athletic feat. They are also quick to point out that NASCAR isn’t a driver-only sport. The pit crew make it a team sport as their speed and athleticism during pit stops helps win races.

Where does that leave the debate about NASCAR as a sport? It’ll probably rage on for as long as NASCAR is around because, very simply, it’s up to each of us to decide for ourselves.

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