There are plenty of things about NASCAR that irritate me -- cookie-cutter tracks, night races that start on one day and end on another, the Car of Tomorrow -- somewhere along the line the sport lost its focus and it gets harder and harder to stay interested in it.
One thing that does fascinate me, however, is the phenomenon known as "start-and-park."
I certainly don't like it, but it's at least intriguing.
In case you don't know, start-and-parkers are the guys who don't have a lot of money, can't run a full slate and are simply looking at a way to pick up a few bucks for a short spin.
They usually go to events that don't have a full field (like most Nationwide Series races), run a few laps then head to the garage and spend the rest of the day watching the race.