Full disclosure: some of this was originally published here in 2007, but since you can't plagiarizer yourself, let's kick it, 2014 style.
This weekend's NASCAR race at Sonoma (June 22, 3p.m., TNT) is a perfect time for everyone to EMBRACE THE TWISTY ("twisty" is must my short hand for road or street course races). By that I mean watch a road and street race without losing consciousness. YOU CAN DO IT. If you're a NASCAR fan, you've got a season full of ovals, with just a few road course races thrown in there like crushed cloves of garlic for flavah.
I used to be a twisty race hater, but now I find them a nice change of pace. I still prefer ovals, and not all twisties are created equally, but there is a way to grab some enjoyment. The big five are:
1) Starts and restarts
2) Pit stops
3) Pit strategy
4) Circus Music Moments (also know as Crazy-Ass Shit).
5) (Especially in NASCAR) who's car doesn't fall apart by the end.
And the Guiding Principle (GP) of Road Races: It's hard as hell to pass on the track.
Keep those five and the GP in mind, and here are some tips on how to watch, maybe even enjoy, street races.