Comparing NASCAR with the NFL would be like comparing oranges to apples. Just as oranges and apples are both considered fruit, NASCAR and the NFL are both considered sports. Just like oranges and apples, NASCAR and the NFL bring different flavors to the table.

NASCAR has become the cream of the crop in auto racing, as the NFL has long surpassed the MLB and the NBA as the top dog in the ‘stick and ball’ sports. But can you really compare auto racing with a ‘stick and ball’ sport? Well, it’s possible if you really dig deep. Why go through the trouble?

While the NFL Super Bowl is the last game of the year, NASCAR’s Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, kicks off the season. The Super Bowl has 2 teams going head to head, while the Daytona 500 consists of 43 competitors, all apart of separate teams.

Can a group of kids go to a park and get up a game of auto racing? Hardly. The athletes who compete in the NFL wouldn’t be considered NASCAR material, just as most NASCAR drivers wouldn’t be cut out for the NFL. However, it would be rather entertaining to see Miami Dolphins defensive Jason Taylor squeeze into one of the compact cockpits of a stock car, or Jeff Gordon lining up at halfback behind Peyton Manning.

All jokes aside, both NASCAR and the NFL bring excitement at different levels. Both sports captivate their fans like no other sport can. Fans of NASCAR enjoy the smell of burning rubber. They yearn for the deafening sound of roaring engines. NFL fans look forward to the sound of helmet to helmet contact, the touchdown celebrations, and of course the cheerleaders. Both sports feature Sunday afternoon drama, as millions of Americans spend their Sundays in front of a TV. And you won’t find a tailgating party quite like the ones you would find in the parking lot of a football stadium or in an old field beside the race track.

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