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Old 18 Jul 2019, 11:20 (Ref:3918323)   #121
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Most of the local tracks that are still open, sadly many are closing every season, have packed houses every event. The bigger regional events always draw a crowd but 2 tracks on the south side of Atlanta get filled quick for most events, Senoia is filled for most races and has most of the medium and smaller touring series and a few unique local events with 28 events from March through October. But pricing helps too, $12/adult, $5 kids 6-12 and free under 5.

But it seems from reading Robin Miller's articles the USAC guys in the middle of the country see the same thing, packed houses for most events and the big national event "The Chili Bowl" for USAC midgets is packed. Passholders have to renew or risk losing their seats and it has been sold out, and started streaming the event as well. It's the jump from running this level to even trucks, the cash and sponsorship needs are INSANE so most drivers without a Cup team interested can't make it.

As for why Cup can't draw, the other 2 haven't in a long time and Trucks used to get sales because you had to buy that ticket to get a Cup ticket, there's an idea for every pundit out there. The leading ideas are aging fan base, angry fan base at too many changes, "corporateness" of teams and drivers and the racing. But if you can solve why Bristol, who used to have waiting lists for tickets, now covers close to half the seats, Charlotte, who's covering more seats again this year and others are plummeting in attendance you could probably take over NASCAR next week.
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Old 18 Jul 2019, 21:02 (Ref:3918401)   #122
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Thanks broadrun, good to know that racing isn't dead at the "grass roots".

When I used to watch Busch series in the '00s (used to get a 1 hour highlight show in the UK) crowds looked pretty decent. Less than the packed out Cup races but decent all the same. When I watched the Bristol xfinity round this year I think there were more team members in pit lane than fans in the stands Cup looked like more empty seats than sold ones too. Folks must be staying away for good reason. Some of the popular drivers retiring, the stupid play off nonsense and naff cars that made real racing a rare sight for the last few years ate probably a part of that.

Something mahoosive needs to change to attract audiences otherwise it's going to die off. What young man/woman is going to want to bust their balls to work their way up to driving a car round a deserted track. You can do that far cheaper at a shopping mall on a Saturday night!
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Sad news from the NASCAR Community:
Kaulig Racing crew chief Nick Harrison dies; he was 37.

https://www.tennessean.com/story/spo...nn/1790090001/
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Such a young age, very sad. ��

I'm glad he and the rest of the Kaulig team had a breakthrough victory the other week. Hopefully this will give the guys strength at this time.
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Well Nascar has finally realized Buschwakers were killing off driver development in both Trucks and Grand National cars. Cup drivers with 3 years experience can't run more than 5 races in both series, sounds like they mean combined in both. I don't think it will help much now but the usual Nascar plan, bolt the door after the horse has run away.
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Well Nascar has finally realized Buschwakers were killing off driver development in both Trucks and Grand National cars. Cup drivers with 3 years experience can't run more than 5 races in both series, sounds like they mean combined in both. I don't think it will help much now but the usual Nascar plan, bolt the door after the horse has run away.
Too little too late.
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Too little too late.
Hey, maybe the horsey will come back now that they've closed the door. And jacked the cost of racing through the roof in all series
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