It has been known for years that NASCAR is the most attended sport in the United States. Now there is a new poll conducted by the Harris Poll Group that says Auto Racing (in general) is more popular than the NBA and is the fourth most popular sport in the United States just behind the NFL, MLB, and NCAA Football.
For a sport that has seen a decline in numbers across the board, motorsports and NASCAR truly needed to see this poll today. Attendance has dropped and sales have dropped. However the reason why is debated. Is it the economy or is it the lack of quality racing on the track. Well if attendance goes up and TV rating rise, we know NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car changed the racing on the track and has put fans back on their couches and in the stands.
Top 5 sports for Americans according to the Harris Poll: NFL 34%, MLB 16%, College FB 11%, Auto Racing 8%, NBA 7%.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 18, 2013
The Gen-6 car is already sparking the NASCAR fan base because of the unknowns going into the Daytona Speedweeks.
The question remains is how will the car change the racing on the cookie cutter shaped 1.5 mile tracks.
The biggest complaints since the Car of Tomorrow was introduced has been the long green flag runs with the lack of racing and wrecks.
With the Gen-6 car, the intent was to slow drivers down a bit and give them more handling and grip to be more aggresive and race harder. The first test will be at Phoenix after Daytona, however that truly won’t be enough to determine how much the racing will change. We’ll need to visit a few other tracks before that can be determined!