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I Hope NASCAR Was Paying Attention

I Hope NASCAR Was Paying Attention

by July 30, 2013 0 comments

Last Wednesday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran it’s Mudsummer Classic at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. The track was sold out and the event was the 10th most watched CWTS race ever and the most watched sports event for the day. I really hope that NASCAR was paying attention. It’s time for a return to the short tracks.

NASCAR has given far too many dates to the 1.5 mile plus cookie cutter tracks that it now can’t even come close to filling with fans. Tracks like Rockingham Speedway, Gateway International Raceway, Lucas Oil Raceway and the Milwaukee Mile have been taken off the schedule. Real door banging side by side racing has been sacrificed in pursuit of the big paydays that come with huge crowds at larger venues. The TV tells the the tale though, the crowds just aren’t coming right now. Who knows if they ever will again.

The Eldora truck race proved that the fans will come to a short track though, enough to sell it out anyway, on a Wednesday no less. It showed that they will watch on TV too.  The simple fact is that speed doesn’t necessarily equal excitement. Short tracks slow it down and make it more about drivers skill and crew performance than money spent on equipment. At least one of the teams that raced Wednesday night did it in their Daytona truck so going back to the roots won’t involve having to build new chassis or engines.

I know the real roots of NASCAR are dirt but I’m not a huge fan, partly because I haven’t been to that many dirt tracks.  I am a huge fan of short tracks though, you won’t find any better racing than the kind you get there. Nothing beats being able to sit in the stands and watch the whole track at once, not just a piece of it. Racing is racing not riding in line one behind the other. It shouldn’t be all about aero or horsepower, sometimes it needs to be about skill and guts, and that’s what short track racing is all about.

It’s time for NASCAR to start paying attention to it’s fans. Race fans want to watch a race and that’s what they got Wednesday night at Eldora.

Christopher Neal
Christopher is a happily married father of 3 very active boys. He is a full time law enforcement officer and part time web designer. Chris is currently the chief editor of TheFourthTurn.com as well as has personal blog TheDadsPlace.com

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