NASCAR South Park Episode Proves Sport Is Still Relevant

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)

Just when all of the buzz surrounding the sport is taking shots at dwindling attendance, and dropping ratings, leave it to South Park to prove that NASCAR is still relevant.

Since 1997 Comedy Central’s South Park has been poking fun at current events, and no subject or celebrity has been spared. From Michael Jackson to Mel Gibson to even Senior Citizen drivers South Park has done it all, except NASCAR… until Wednesday night.

On the season premiere of the show they finally took a satirical look at the sport of NASCAR.

For those who missed it, the main character of the show was Eric Cartman, who dreamed of becoming a NASCAR driver, but his fear was that he wasn’t poor or stupid enough.

Over the next half hour the creators took viewers down a high-speed take no prisoners journey, that somehow had the No. 48 car in victory lane when all was said and done.

By the end of the show Cartman had hi-jacked a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car and killed fans, and there were funny moments that included Vagisil and Danica Patrick.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone seemed to know quite a bit about the sport in their spoof, and I think they hit a home run with NASCAR fans and outsiders to the sport.

Now I know South Park is known for being off color, and that they make fun of whatever it is they are profiling from week to week, but if you saw it for what it is, which is a satire then you probably came away from it with a refreshing hilarious episode of a cartoon that you may start watching more of.

Who knows maybe that is the same case for fans of the show, who necessarily may not currently watch NASCAR.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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