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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