The Fan: NASCAR’s Greatest Asset

The aroma of racing fuel and burning rubber. The deafening song of a motor revving 9,000 rpms. The sight of four-wheeled missiles flashing by in a streak of light. For a racing fan, its an addiction and a need for speed that is never permanently satisfied, and it keeps them coming back for more. The loyalty of a NASCAR fan is more fierce than a mama bear defending her cubs. There may be unrest, angst and frustration concerning the state of affairs in the sport. It is not uncommon to hear ...

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DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT

Following every weekend, there’s a Monday. After sleeping off the celebration, it’s time to face reality; time to get back to work. Now that the 2012 champion has been crowned, and the season has been put to bed, NASCAR has some serious work ahead of it. From here, there are less than 90 days to go before magical motorsports tour descends on Daytona, so there’s no time for fooling around. While folks in Washington DC talk of a fiscal cliff, NASCAR is looking over a precip ...

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NASCAR’S GUILTY PLEASURE

 "If I'm a fan, I would love that. I think it is incredibly intense. It's wild. It's crazy." From Wonder Boy to NASCAR sage, Jeff Gordon has summed up well the manic mechanical madness that is NASCAR racing at Talladega Superspeedway. The drivers hate it, the writers almost self-righteously opine that no sane race fan should enjoy it, but nothing generates more shock and awe for the American sporting public than than the frantic finishes at NASCAR’s largest track. For ...

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NASCAR, YOUR FANS ARE WAITING

Deep in the heart of this great country are people with steel backs and iron guts. They work hard and their muscle ache at the end of the day. They are independent spirits who go against the flow and often go west when everyone is heading east. They’re unsophisticated, yet profound; they know the risk, and yet stand in the face of fear.These are the fans. They are the soul of NASCAR.Growth is something they understand, it’s practically un-American to stay at rest. There are new terri ...

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CONDESCENDING NASCAR CRITICS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION. REDNECKS ARE IN EVERY SPORT

I was in a Facebook chat with my sister-in-law not long ago. We had been writing about taking my young nephew to his first race. After a few wall comments, a friend of hers chimed in with a derogatory Tom Arnold comment. I questioned the friend, pretending I did not understand her train of thought.But I understood it. I have been having this same conversation for 35 years. Once again I defended auto racing while someone peered down their nose at me. Same conversation. Same argument. I’ve b ...

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