NASCAR isn't the juggernaut that it was a decade ago, or the outlaw regional entertainment it was a couple decades before that. What it is, though, is something of an open question. A weekend at the races with Kyle Busch and the fans who love and hate him answers a few questions, and raises some others. A preview from Classical Magazine Issue 4, Being There.
Last weekend, Formula One racing returned to the United States in, of all places, Austin, Texas. The result was an epic self-satire of plutocratic excess, a boondoggle and, improbably, a pretty decent time.