When I was kid when NASCAR season first started, I used to play with all my die cast cars back in the day. I had most of what the kids do now, but envious of the better technology mostly when it comes to gaming with NASCAR. Now obviously those days are done and gone, I've grown up and watch the races along with still playing the up to date version of the video games. The cool part I like now which engages myself into NASCAR is twitter with other fans. Some use it with love to engage to make new friends and others to make new enemies. Not that my point is point a certain crowd out, but twitter has made it possible for me to make new friends in the sport I love. When I was a kid the only thing we had in the early 2000's of social media were forums, but those weren't at all a way to be a live feed timeline of to the second info during a race. Of course you could say you could invite friends over and talk with them about the race. The catch to that was not many kids were NASCAR fans at all so chances are you were more of an outcast being a fan where in school everyone was predominantly stick and ball sports and would either saying "not my sport or it's for rednecks making left turns". My dad and I were more alike with racing so I would talk with him about it. We still look forward to qualifying and watching the races. As a kid, I was really one who didn't have close friends and still to this day. When I joined and still log into I've made some really great connections with people all over the world. Twitter is ironically supposed to be the thing that makes you more antisocial, but instead is exactly the opposite. You can be choosy with people around you with different interests, but on twitter you can find these people. I feel less alone with twitter because those aren't people that keep you down in life. These are people that post all kinds of content relating to those NASCAR memories you once saw as a kid. Sorta of a vessel for those special memories like when Dale Sr. Finally won the Daytona 500 and when Dale Jr won the same race in 2004. Those memories you once experienced, but had no way to see other's thoughts at the time. That's if you were active on forums. Along with gaming. EA sports had it going good with the NASCAR Thunder series and really surged fan interaction with online racing connectivity being able to compete against one another. Later that torch was passed onto DM Racing and now is currently in the NASCAR Heat series. So my view of social media is one of the better things that makes and brings NASCAR fans alike together. I'm sure a lot people question my choosing of the name "NASCAR Superman". I know it seems like a name trying to fit in with the others and such like The NASCAR this and that, but it's only titled that rather than my real name. It's a name meant to have fun with and not be seen as popularity. As for the season itself the Clash was a very exciting start to the 2017 season with Keselowski's attempt to take the lead and win away from Hamlin only for them both be taken out as a result. Logano my main man was next in line taking the checkered flag. Over the offseason the whole points system and championship was over overhauled for even more excitement. NASCAR to me has the excitement factor regardless of what system the sanctioning body chooses, but that doesn't mean it's unwelcome. In the end we all have our favorite drivers we all want to win Sunday in the Super Bowl of Motorsports. Only one does in the end, that possibly being your favorite driver or drivers, your favorite might possible win, have a mechanical breakdown, wreck, be moved, have a pitstop error, penalty, be caught in the big one, terrible position or come up short. Like all years past no matter what happens, this is what makes us NASCAR fans a family and the sport great as it is and what brings us together to make it unique. How do you celebrate?
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