Drivers and their teams switch to a new location 36 times, although sometimes they hit a place twice in one season, including Talladega.
It can’t be easy for the drivers, who have to deal with us reporters at every stop. Sure, NASCAR has beat writers who follow the tour to every city in which it travels. But plenty of the reporters waiting at each location cover NASCAR only once or twice a year.
Most of the time we don’t know a lot, which means we ask some of the most basic, annoying questions possible.
It can’t be fun for drivers to answer these same questions as often as 36 times from a bunch of reporters who didn’t bother to go online and read the story from the last stop.
I always figure it must’ve been hardest on Danica Patrick. At every stop in her driving career, she had a whole new set of reporters discovering she was a girl.
She’s a girl! How about that! Let’s write a story! You’re a girl! And a driver! How does that work?
Even so, the drivers are patient and accommodating … for the most part. Especially Patrick, although fortunately most of us finally wore out the angle that, yes, she is a girl and she actually drives race cars.
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