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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THE PROS AND CONS OF RESTRICTOR PLATE RACING

“Did you see the end of that race? Wow, what a race!” I heard a lot of that following the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. My cousin Morgan out in Ohio echoed another sentiment I’ve heard more than once following a NASCAR restrictor plate race: “I don’t love NASCAR, but man, what a finish today.”It’s hard to argue that restrictor plate racing has produced some of the most memorable endings in recent memory. There was Kevin Harvick’s crazy win over M ...

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CHASE AWAY THE CHASE

We are in the seventh season using The Chase format to determine the NASCAR Cup champion. We are also in the seventh season of fans disliking The Chase format to determine the NASCAR Cup champion.This is my 36th year of being involved with auto racing. My circle of friends and associates is pretty heavily populated with veteran racing folks. I do not know of a single person who likes The Chase or even thought it was a good idea.I consistently hear how exciting and great The Chase is. Those comme ...

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ATTENDANCE DECLINE STUMPS NASCAR

I am used to the sight of empty grandstand sections in Fontana, California. Unsold tickets in Atlanta exist for every race. However the eye-popping available seats in Bristol, Tennessee caused both eyebrows to rise.This has been going on for a while. Ten years ago seats were held year to year and tickets to some venues were impossible to get. Renewal forms were sent to customers upon a race’s conclusion, a year in advance of the next event. Tracks were sold out on a regular basis. New gran ...

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WHAT NASCAR CUP CAN LEARN FROM NASCAR GRASSROOTS

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. _ NASCAR’s Southern Modified Tour was in action over Easter weekend unlike its Cup relatives a few rungs up the motorsports ladder. Spending a beautiful afternoon at South Boston Speedway in Virginia watching the quick open-wheeled class was enjoyable and relaxing. That is also unlike its Cup relatives.In a struggling economy, entertainment and sports venues have to provide exceptional value for dollars spent. NASCAR’s overlooked home tracks fill that racing need wi ...

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NASCAR FANS VOTE REPUBLICAN, BUT YOU KNEW THAT ALREADY

 Sarah Palin’s next stop … The Masters? The National Journal reports that a new study gleaned from interviews with hundreds of thousands of Americans finds that NASCAR is the third-most popular sport among Republican TV viewers. The study examined the correlation between viewers' favorite sports and their voting habits. The PGA Tour finished first among Republican voters. That is not much of a shock. I thought for sure NASCAR would be at least No. 2, but no. College footba ...

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