2013 NASCAR: I'm Not Sure What NASCAR Fans Want.


May 6, 2012; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR fans camping out outside of Talladega Speedway prior to the running of the Aarons 499. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

 

As the Aarons 499 went to a rain delay at The Talladega Speedway on Sunday afternoon, I went on Twitter to get a feel for how race fans were dealing with their time. I still find that fans never seem to be satisfied with the race for some reason. Always complaining about boredom. I’m not sure why they have become race fans, and definitely never sure what they are expecting.

 

 

For my opinion, the Aarons 499 has been a pretty good race. We have seen three and four wide racing, a couple of wrecks, Trevor Bayne succumbed to engine failure, and Dale Jr along with Danica Patrick are still in the race. And not even NASCAR can control the weather.

They have made some changes, probably to the tire, since the Daytona 500, and everyone looks to be racy. Gone is the nose to tail racing we saw in February and it was setting up to be a nice finish.

I’m convinced that too many of the fans we have around NASCAR aren’t sure of how to watch a race, let alone know if one was good or bad. I’ll admit, Kansas was a snoozer, but for the most part, the racing has improved this season over the past decade. The Gen 6 Stock Car has been almost everything I was hoping for, and I can’t wait until Saturday night for them to earn their Darlington Stripes.

A lot of the problems with Sprint Cup Racing revolve around the Chase, and the points system. It’s the thing that is broke, and NASCAR along with broadcasters have allowed this albatross to continue without putting some more thought and changes to it. As long as there is no incentive to win a race, the problem will continue. If drivers can finish 10th and make the chase, they are happy to do so.

If you disagree with my assesment of the situation, I invite you to leave a comment with your view, and we can discuss it.

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