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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
We are just a few weeks away from the 2013 Daytona 500, we have a new Gen-6 car that is set to debut, and we just came out of Sprint Media Week with a lot of new headlines — so why on earth is the talk of the town now about Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dating?
Sure I understand that Danica Patrick is an attractive female, and very popular. And I also understand that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is one of the brightest up and coming stars that we’ve seen in quite some time — but when did NASCAR turn into “The Bachelorette”?
These days for whatever reason the media crowd that has been covering the sport of NASCAR has become far too focused on driver’s personal lives, when they should have their noses planted to the grindstone about what’s actually happening on the racetrack. The latest story about Danica Patrick’s love life, should have been back-page material — yet in this new TMZ world we live in; it became the top story — everywhere. And that’s a shame.
NASCAR fans in general care very little about personal life gossip; they have been very vocal about what they truly care about: the product on the racetrack. A product that is beginning to look a bit more aesthetically pleasing with the arrival of the new Sprint Cup Series car.
Instead of making the top story the fact that our most popular driver is still sponsorless for 13 races this season, or that Penske Racing is looking to dethrone Hendrick Motorsports as the newest NASCAR dynasty, or any of the 40-gazillion other productive headlines we could be talking about — the fans of our sport are instead spoon-fed stories about who Danica Patrick is dating, which celebrity Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski would most love to be in a relationship with and of course lest we not forget; what’s with Kasey Kahne’s haircut?
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather stick to talking about racing.