How NASCAR Is Reacting To Michael Jackson’s Death


The media’s non-stop coverage of the life and death of star singer Michael Jackson continues on. And joining them has been several members of the sports media and blogosphere.

There have been several reports throughout these sources talking about how big-name football and basketball stars(predominately basketball) are reacting to the unfortunate incident.

So, it’s no doubt you’re probably wondering how NASCAR drivers are reacting.

The answer: They really aren’t. At least, not publicly.

No matter where you look, you can find absolutely nothing about how the NASCAR world is reacting. I’m sure there is one simple reason for that.

And no, it has nothing to do with race.

NASCAR drivers have a little more on their plates right now than basketball and football stars. NASCAR drivers are in the middle of their grueling season, competing for a chance to win the championship.

Meanwhile, basketball stars just ended their season, and football stars have yet to begin theirs, so they have a little bit more time to think about it.

But if you were to ask a NASCAR driver how they reacted to Jackson’s untimely death, it would probably go a little something like this:

“I was going about my day, doing an appearance, when I heard about it. I was stunned for a moment, and continued to go about the rest of my day without even thinking about it. Then I got home, turned on the news, saw that all they were talking about was him, turned off the news, and went to bed.”

Okay, so maybe that wouldn’t be their exact response, but it’s probably what happened. At least, that’s about how I went about it(minus the appearances part). That’s not to say those of us in the NASCAR world don’t care. We do, really. But we’re not going to sit around and mope about it. And we certainly aren’t going to make it a hot topic(except me, but that’s just to get pageviews), especially with the Chase cutoff race coming up.

NASCAR drivers do care, I think. But they aren’t going public with it. They have other things on their minds right now.

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