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Old 03-20-2016, 09:05 AM
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I am a so so fan and do like to watch on TV. I know popularity is dropping; to few teams with too many drivers. and numerous other reasons.

But today, in the Raleigh News Paper, not one mention of the race in CA today. Hard to believe that unless I missed something. Maybe the last one out should shut off the lights..
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:10 AM
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A few races into the season and 2 of the closest finishes ever and........ It still sucks for some reason. Mile and half tracks dominate and they are boring as hell to watch. No character anymore either
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I used to be a big fan, Went to races here in NH, but also went to Charlotte, Las Vegas, The Glen, but the last few years I have just stopped paying attention. I will check who won or if I turn it on and 20 is close to the front near the end I will watch to see how he does but it just does not keep my attention any longer.

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When the race is on today I am betting the stands will be about 1/2-2/3 full at best

CA is such a boring ass race track, just like Michigan, Kansas, Chicago, Vegas, Homestead, NH.


Bring them back to The Rock and N Wilkesboro and you will see the popularity climb back up

Also FINSIH the damn season earlier
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When the race is on today I am betting the stands will be about 1/2-2/3 full at best

CA is such a boring ass race track, just like Michigan, Kansas, Chicago, Vegas, Homestead, NH.


Bring them back to The Rock and N Wilkesboro and you will see the popularity climb back up

Also FINSIH the damn season earlier
Stands are pretty empty in large sections. I used to watch it and go to races. But agree. Don't see young people having much interest.

It's a dying sport. The Richmond track is taking out the entire back straightaway. I went to the race when it broke 100k in the stands. Now they are going to make it 65k or so track.
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It's getting darn expensive to go to these races. Figure ticket cost food hotel rooms and transportation. Most rooms are booked up a year in advance so you might have to travel 30-40 miles to get to the race.
Then the traffic in and out.
I used to have season tickets to Richmond.
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Make 'em go both directions....
coin toss at the start determines clockwise or counterclockwise.
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I just can't put my finger own why I lost interest. I use to watch every race and go to a couple every year but I can't even tell you who won last weeks race. I think it started when they made the car of tomorrow when all the cars looked the same and did not even resemble a street car. I also think there are no characters out there like Earnhardt SR.,Elliot, Waltrip etc.

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I just can't put my finger own why I lost interest. I use to watch every race and go to a couple every year but I can't even tell you who won last weeks race. I think it started when they made the car of tomorrow when all the cars looked the same and did not even resemble a street car. I also think there are no characters out there like Earnhardt SR.,Elliot, Waltrip etc.

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I am with you on this, not sure what it is but I still watch every now and then but just never keep up with it much at all

The Day Sr died NASCAR Lost their edge.
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Stopped watching when Dale died.
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I am with you on this, not sure what it is but I still watch every now and then but just never keep up with it much at all

The Day Sr died NASCAR Lost their edge.

My thoughts also. I try to get interested but without the 3 car i just can't get into it.
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I am another one who went to many races and watched every race. Can't really figure out why I have lost interest either.
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It was a fade that even my parents got into in the early 2000's.
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Here is an article on this years 500 ratings.... They were down 16%

http://beyondtheflag.com/2016/02/25/...car-going-low/
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Make 'em go both directions....
coin toss at the start determines clockwise or counterclockwise.
My wife said this a couple weekends ago. She said nascar needs a 'halftime' and afterward the cars make right-hand turns in the second half.

I used to be a fan but the sport went to chit after Sr died when they did everything in their rule making power to give Jr the party kid a chance at an annual title.

Now the cars suck, the chase sucks and many of the rules suck.

Unfortunately, as the Boomers die, nascar is dying on the vine along with tennis and golf.
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I think it has to do with no *edge* also. In this day in age they don't care how good you can drive they care what sponsors you have coming with you. This makes for a bunch of lame duck salesmen who are scared to do anything out of the norm out of fear of losing their ride. I really can't see nascar being around in 20 years.
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I enjoy the racing (and have for the past 50 years) and think that the new aero package is working well (as proved by the passing and the close finishes).
I watch most on TV and go to 1-2 races a year these days....

If I felt like some of the posters above I'd just find another entertainment venue and move on...
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Again since the #2 news paper in NC does not even post the starting grid in Sunday's edition. I think many have moved on
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Damn.

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Phoenix drew a 4.0 final rating and 6.6 million viewers on FOX Sunday afternoon, down a tick in ratings and 5% in viewership from last year (4.1, 7.0M) and down 25% in both measures from 2014, when it was the second race of the season (5.3, 8.8M). Kevin Harvick's win ranks as the lowest rated and least-watched Sprint Cup race from Phoenix since 2010 - the last time the race took place on a Saturday night (3.7, 6.0M).(Sports Media Watch / Sports Business Daily).(3-19-2016)
After a series of double-digit declines to open the season, NASCAR's ratings fell only slightly last weekend. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Las Vegas drew a 4.4 final rating and 7.2 million viewers on FOX last Sunday afternoon, down 4% in ratings and 7% in viewership from last year (4.6, 7.7M). Compared to 2014, ratings dropped a tick and viewership increased a fraction of a percent (7.20M to 7.23M). The 4.4 rating is tied as the lowest for NASCAR from Las Vegas since FOX began airing the race in 2001, matching 2010. Viewership was the third-lowest for the race dating back to 2002, ahead of 2014 and 2010. Ratings and viewership have now dropped for every Sprint Cup telecast this season, including the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 qualifying, and the Duel at Daytona. Despite the lower numbers, NASCAR easily topped the weekend sports slate - topping both the PGA Tour on NBC (2.6, 4.0M) and NBA on ABC (2.4, 3.7M) head-to-head.(Sports Media Watch)(3-12-2016)
NASCAR Xfinity Series racing from Las Vegas drew 1.6 million viewers on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, down 15% from last year (1.9M) and 19% from 2014 on ESPN (2.0M). Viewership was the lowest for the race since at least 2007, falling below last year's mark.(Sports Media Watch / ShowBuzz Daily)(3-8-2016)
Continuing a rough start to the season, NASCAR's second race of the season scored its lowest overnight since FOX acquired rights. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Atlanta earned a 3.7 overnight rating on FOX Sunday afternoon, down 27% from last year (5.1) and the lowest overnight for the second race of the season since FOX began airing races in 2001. The previous low was a 4.8 for the 2014 Phoenix race. The second race of the season is usually the highest rated outside of Daytona, topping a 6.0 overnight in all-but-one year from 2001 to 2008 and a 5.0 in all-but-two years since.
Ratings for the Daytona 500 neared a record-low despite the closest finish in race history. The 2016 Daytona 500 earned a 6.6 final rating and 11.4 million viewers on FOX, down 14% in ratings and 15% in viewership from last year (7.7, 13.4M) but up 18% and 23%, respectively, from 2014, when coverage was delayed to primetime due to rain and faced the Winter Olympics (5.6, 9.3M). Denny Hamlin's narrow win was the second-lowest rated Daytona 500 since live start-to-finish coverage began in 1979, ahead of only 2014. That spot was previously held by the 1990 race (7.3). It also scored the second-smallest audience for the race since 1991 (10.9M), again ahead of only 2014.
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When the race is on today I am betting the stands will be about 1/2-2/3 full at best

CA is such a boring ass race track, just like Michigan, Kansas, Chicago, Vegas, Homestead, NH.


Bring them back to The Rock and N Wilkesboro and you will see the popularity climb back up

Also FINSIH the damn season earlier

This is the answer. NASCAR has forgot what it's all bout.
Although I'm from New England I understand where the sport came from.
I grew up watching Geoff, Brett,and Todd Bodine running short tracks. I also was luck to see Carl 'Bugs' Stevens, Fred Desaro, Mike McLaughin,Richie Evans,Ron Bouchard etc etc.

Honestly I rather watch a bunch of cut down modified run a short track then a homogenized version of what NASCAR once was. I can understand why Tony Stewart wants to run a dirt car on a off night .

Thank you Tprice. You hit the nail on the head.
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