NASCAR Drivers known for their skills seemed rather disappointed that Speedway Motorsports Inc. President Marcus Smith referred to NASCAR as a “sports entertainment business” after the race in the revised race Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“This is a sports-entertainment business and we’ve served up a really enjoyable race weekend here,” said Speedway Motorsports Inc. President Marcus Smith.
When reporters asked Kyle Bush When he felt more like an entertainer than a racer, he thoughtlessly replied that he did not enjoy racing at the new Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“Yup,” Kyle Busch responded when asked if he felt more like an entertainer than a driver racing on the circuit.
“I think at the end of the day we’re here to entertain people about NASCAR,” says Alex Bowman
Henrik Motorsport racer Alex Bowman responded that NASCAR has nothing to do with WWE as it is not fake, adding that the drivers are here to entertain people at the end.
“It’s definitely not WWE. Nothing is fake here at all, in whatever form, who won once in 2022. I think at the end of the day we’re here to entertain people. We’re here to put on a show.” says Alex Bowman.
Christopher Bell from Joe Gibbs Racing agreed with the fact that drivers are entertainers but no part of the race is fixed, be it being out there and doing the best race, teamwork or winning, none of it is fixed.
“We are definitely entertainers. I can promise you from one person within the sport, it’s by no means a given that the driver, the team that goes out and brings the fastest car and does the best race, is going to win the race. It’s not fixed at all.” said Christopher Bell.
“I guess there’s no setup or anything,” says Erik Jones of NASCAR
Eric Jones from Small GMS Motorsports has said that NASCAR is not a setup and that it is pure sport. But it depends on circuits like racing at Daytona, Talladega is entertaining but when it comes to Bristol and Martinsville it’s pure racing.
“I think there’s no setup or anything, so it’s still a sport, I mean Atlanta, Daytona, Talladega, that’s obviously a little more entertainment. Now get somewhere like COTA, Bristol, Martinsville, a mile and a half. This is real racing.” said Eric Jones.
Corey LaJoie from Spire Motorsport had a rather diplomatic reply that ‘good racing’ is subjective and that everyone has their own opinion of exactly what racing is, nothing can change your perception of it.
“Everyone has one, the definition of ‘good race’ is subjective. What I consider good racing is different than what you might consider good racing. It’s all subjective and you’re not going to change anyone’s mind.” said Corey LaJoie.
In short, with so many Cup Series drivers answering the question of whether WWE is the same as NASCAR, it doesn’t seem to be the case.
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