The demise of NASCAR

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the Coca Cola 600 held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is actually not even in Mecklenburg County. There are many reasons for the decline.

The actual race begins at 6:15 PM, which means the race will end well after dark, around 10 PM, assuming no rain delays or long race stoppages. I’ve never been to a race, but I can’t imagine many people getting out of the racetrack before midnight. NASCAR used to have fans that would go to every race, driving hours to get to the racetrack. It is incomprehensible that any responsible parent would take children to a night race.

The grandstands are smoke free, including prohibiting e-cigarettes. 41,000 seats have been torn down to install solar panels in order to be “green”. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in zones designated as non-alcohol areas. All coolers and backpacks will be searched.

NASCAR has lost its soul.

12 Replies to “The demise of NASCAR”

  1. Yeah that’s about right. Last race I went to was Martinsville Virginia, 1994.
    They let you drink beer, and people smoked in the stands. I had headphones, and a friend had a scanner we listened to the MRN feed. It was good.
    First time they had lights in Coca-Cola 600, they stopped the race for rain, and bunched the cars. Let Jeff gordon win. Screw that. That was the last 600 I watched.
    Then they held back Bill Elliott in Daytona, to let Dale Jr win.
    I said ‘F’ this. That was it. Never watched again. Might as well have Hilliary in the pits signing autographs.

  2. Truly overprocessed nonsense anymore. I liked Cale Yarborough, Junior Johnson, Bill Elliot, etc. They didn’t do interviews much in those days as most of the drivers were not ready for “prime time”. When you interject a “debris caution” that amazingly coincides with the time for a commercial break – you see that NASCAR worships $$$$ – the almighty dollar. For this reason and some others, I don’t watch it anymore.

  3. NASCAR was also born as a ‘southern sport’, so I wouldn’t discount a liberal agenda to create an aversion to it, along with all things ‘confederate’. More Democrat whitewash.

    I’m with Brian, the last time I had any real interest in ‘stock car racing’ was when Petty & Co. were being broadcast at 11 am on a Sat/Sun morning on some UHF channel… usually preceded or followed by Andre the Giant and The Sheik performing on ‘Pro Wrestling’.

    1. Countess and I discussed this – how NASCAR has become as fake as pro wrestling. The unexpected outcome on Sunday was because the computers calclating each car’s remaining fuel overlooked that a non competitive car had enough fuel left to finish without making a fuel stop. That was a very boring outcome.

      1. 2017 Indianapolis 500 was far more entertaining and exciting… especially if you watched via foreign TV coverage (e.g. Spanish). Even though I couldn’t understand their words, they exude more racing passion and excitability than American commentators, who almost sounded bored or even patronizing. Japanese went wild!

          1. Wow, I hope he got fired… many spectators were pulling for Sato (including myself). In 2012 he lost during the final lap due to a crash. I think the first 5 finishers this year were foreign drivers, so any notion Indy is not ‘international’ is quite archaic. The Spanish station even showed the technical differences between cars in Formula 1 and Indy, as the Monaco Grand Prix was also held on Sunday.

            1. I found a reference to the original tweet, apparently the reporter is also a failure at arithmetic. It was the 101st Indy. i.e. The first race was held long before WW2… and Memorial Day dates from the Civil War.

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