It may be a fake story, but funny nonetheless: Driver wins race going backwards


Admittedly, we are talking about a fake story here. At least, it sure seems like it after reading the original version (if you’re a fan of The Onion, you’ll understand what we’re talking about).

But for a minute or so, a report by almost had us believing a report that a driver had won a NASCAR-sanctioned race in Atlanta this week while going backwards.

In what appeared to be a Ricky Bobby story come to life for at least a few moments, the EmpireSports report claimed that with two laps remaining in a “non-televised race,” a driver wrecked and was left facing the wrong way.

With time and laps running out, the driver was left with a predicament:

“Knowing that turning around would take too much time that he didn’t have to spare, the driver threw the car in reverse and continued to race around the track backwards,” the tall tale claimed.

Yep, b-a-c-k-w-a-r-d-s.

And, gosh darn it, if he didn’t wind up winning the race, too.

(Yeah, right.)

But the final paragraph sealed the deal that it was a fake story, claiming “the name of the driver was not released to the press, as officials are still checking their rulebooks to see whether or not the win would count if the car didn’t cross the line nose-first.”

Yes, it was a fake story, but you have to give EmpireSports credit for making it seem believable, but also left us with a real-life question:

What would happen if this really did happen in a NASCAR race?

To read the whole story, and to get a good laugh (check out some of the fan and driver “quotes” in it), click here to read the original’s “report.”

While you’re at it, check out a couple of other “Breaking News” stories on the site: the PGA starting its first mini-putt (mini-golf) Masters and North Korea hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics (now, that’s reaaaalllly stretching the truth).

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Reaction to INDYCAR/NBC Sports Group announcement: Mario Andretti, Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal and social media

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Like countless others on the East Coast, Mario Andretti was fighting through a snowstorm Wednesday morning.

But emotionally and personally, it was a very bright and sunny day for the legendary Indy car driver.

In an exclusive interview with, Andretti spoke in glowing terms about this morning’s announcement of a multi-year media rights partnership between INDYCAR and NBC Sports Group beginning next year.

“I think this is awesome,” Andretti said. “It’s music to my ears and all of us. NBC has been very familiar with IndyCar racing, so they’re a great partner. I’m elated that it’s all nailed down, secured and I’m looking forward to the future.

“It’s also great for the young lads in Indy Lights coming on, and it’s great for all the sponsors to have that kind of exposure. It’s a good day for INDYCAR today.”

Andretti lauded the fact that all elements of INDYCAR coverage – TV, digital and streaming – will now be under one corporate roof, so to speak.

“Personally, I think it’s huge,” Andretti said. “Everybody is going to be very familiar with everything, the storylines are going to flow perfectly from event to event. There’s nothing like continuity.

“It’s okay sometimes if you have two networks, but to me, the best possible solution is this. That’s why I think this is really a great day for INDYCAR racing to have NBC involved and the continuity is huge for us.”

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Several other high-profile individuals within the IndyCar community also gave their take on Wednesday’s announcement, including statements from team owners Roger Penske and Bobby Rahal.

Roger Penske: “As an industry, we are very fortunate to have the NBC Sports Group grow their presence and coverage of INDYCAR racing and really invest in the future of the sport. We believe there is a great deal of positive momentum in the Verizon IndyCar Series right now, from the development of the new race car, to the very talented group of young drivers and new teams coming into the sport this season.

“With the announcement of the enhanced broadcast partnership with NBC, it certainly adds to the excitement for the future. We know that the ways our fans are watching races and viewing INDYCAR content is rapidly changing, so staying ahead of the curve and the developing technology with our partners is important to the growth of our sport. We look forward to working with the NBC team to continue to build INDYCAR and take the sport in new directions.

“We also need to thank ABC and ESPN for all their terrific coverage over the years. The ABC network helped bring some of the most memorable moments in racing to life – including many of our team’s Indianapolis 500 victories – and we appreciate all of their hard work and passion for INDYCAR racing.”

Bobby Rahal: “It’s great news. I think the fact that the IndyCar Series will be under one roof, so to speak, network-wise can do nothing but great things for our sport. To increase to having eight races on network TV is also great news of course.

“The quality of the NBC broadcasts have gotten better and better over the last several years. They do a great job of providing interesting and entertaining content for the viewers and I think that will only continue to grow with the relationship going forward. That type of storytelling is also what helps bring new fans to the sport.”



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