Race fans, we sit at a track in the most uncomfortable seats with our over priced hot dog and warm drink, just to watch a few cars go around a track. Why do we do it?
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I’ll tell you why, to see some of the best drivers compete and entertain us with some of the most thrilling races. I have a few that come to mind, from Nascar to Formula 1 to the short tracks.
My personal favorite was 2009 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the Nascar Whelen Modified Tour. You can probably argue that every Modified race run at the “Magic Mile” is a great race, which they all are. This one had everything though. It was one of the best races I had ever seen, with lead changes just about every lap between the top guys, and being able to see one of my heroes Ted Christopher drive through the field after an oil problem left him a lap down early.
That race had plenty of drama and it all unfolded on the last lap with Christopher leading, and Donny Lia in the Mystic Missile #4 looking to get around him on the final lap. Just as he made his move, Todd Szegedy made his move as well, and the three went into the final corner in a heated battle for the win. Off the final corner, Lia and Christopher made contact, with Christopher and Szegedy sent into the wall with Lia crossing the line first.
It was just one of those races that you barely sat down on that hot and uncomfortable bench for, those are the best ones.
Here’s the video of that finish.