NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday December 6, 2007
As longtime readers of this column have come to know, I hate “stupid.” If someone in the world of NASCAR says or does something that is extremely stupid, I have no qualms whatsoever about pointing it out, no matter who they are or what position they may be in. Just ask my editors!
(By the way, is that somewhat related to the fact I have yet to get my invitation to the Frontstretch.com Christmas party? But I digress…)
Over the years, my pursuit to expose those that are stupid has led some readers to think that I hate NASCAR. People email me and say I should write about something else; or, that I do something I think is anatomically impossible – at least for me, anyway. At any rate, I assure you that that is not the case. I love stock car racing – and if you are one of those that think otherwise, well, if you were worth a page of copy, I'd expose you, too!
However, in the world of NASCAR there is one person that, over the last few years, has been the subject of many of my columns. That person is NASCAR CEO Brian France.
It’s not that I particularly enjoy writing about Brian; it’s just that some of the things he says – with increasing frequency, I might add – are so mind-bogglingly stupid that I feel it is my duty to point it out, so that not one single fan may catch whatever it is that he suffers from.
At a recent Reuters Media Summit in New York, France uttered the following comments that once again make my job very easy.
Here’s the scenario: NASCAR’s CEO was commenting on continued falling TV ratings that are plaguing the sport as of late. In need of an explanation, none other than Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s name came up – unprovoked.
"It would have helped if he would have been competitive,” said France. “He didn’t win an event, and he certainly didn’t make our playoffs. And that’s unhelpful if you’re trying to build ratings.”
So, there it is. Laid out as plain as day from the mouth of the man who can do no wrong! You, Junior fans, are the reason television ratings were down 13% from 2006. Shame on you! But wait! There’s more. What was that that Junior didn't makeâ€¦ “Our Playoffs?”
Flashback to a January 2004 NASCAR press release explaining the new points formatâ€¦
MIKE HELTON: This is not a Playoff. Every one of our events will continue to be Super Bowl-type races, with all 43 drivers competing against each other at the same track to win a race.
BRIAN FRANCE: The seeding process is how you finish after the 26 events. That’s the seeding process. You did see that we did reward if you finish first, you have got a 45-point lead over the 10th place competitor after 26, and five points for every position in sequence – so we have, we won’t call that a seeding – because what we’re not going to call this is a Playoff. It’s not a Playoff. It’s not a single elimination. It’s not a win or lose and you are out. Not a best three out of five. It’s better than all that, because it still has consistency; still has 10 tracks over two and a half months to compete. We think we have got something that’s better than the Playoffs.
I must have missed the press release that announced that Brian has decided that it is a playoff in the last 4 years – my apologies, and I will try to pay better attention in the future. However, there was one thing that Brian said last week that proves – even though he is not bright enough to realize it – that he has no clue as to what he is doing.
"The margin of error for all the sports to manage their business smarter is more narrow," France said.
Now, let’s seeâ€¦double digit ratings drop for multiple yearsâ€¦two failed attempts to build tracks in places where NASCAR was not wantedâ€¦two longtime Series sponsors (Winston/Busch) bailing, soon to be three (Craftsman), not to mention a massive scaleback of Budweiser sponsorship dollarsâ€¦multiple lawsuits, some settled out of court, some notâ€¦yada, yada, yada.
Yep, Brian France is right. There is a narrow margin – and his head is too big and thick to get through it!
Stay off the wall (and too much Egg Nog!),
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Thanks for a thought provoking article. Here’s my thoughts on it that I sent to my friends. Joe Roux
More and more of those who are around this sport each and every day come over to my way of thinking (which came to me late 2005 if you recall). I will now accept apologies.
In my opinion, this is what brought NASCAR up to its level previous to 2005. ESPN.
We all knew what racing was about in and before the 90â€™s, ESPN brought it to a much broader audience. The thing at the time was that the personalities and the racing hadnâ€™t really changed all that much. Good hard racing, punching each other out along the backstretch, etc. ESPN only brought it out to a nationwide audience. As I said, we all knew what it was and had.
Now itâ€™s glitzy, commercialized (how much more commercialization do you need other that a car sponsored by a bra manufacturer?) sterile and antiseptic. Personalities??? HA! Forget about it. If they can make Tony meek and mild, what the hell is left??
As I recall, WWWAAAAAAYYYYYY back in the 70â€™s, the one race that put the sport on the radar was the Allison Bros. vs. Yarborough in the backstretch. Iâ€™m not looking for a race to breakout at a fight but these were people whom I cheered and jeered for. The best thing you can hope for now is for Spiderman to climb up to the flag stand after he wins the race (and heâ€™s been chastised for that too!).
For Christmas, I think Iâ€™m going to send each of the heads of NASCAR a crowbar. They can use it on each other to pry eacv others heads out.
How can one average (at best) driver make or break a sport that is being driven into the ground by the sanctioning body? One again, Prince Brian (the all kowning) shows us why he should be subject to the NA$CAR substance abuse/testing program.
How about less pop culture and more good ‘ol traditional hard nosed racing by men with personalities?
How about stock cars that look like what I can buy on Monday? How about the fastest 43 cars make the race?
What’s next? My prediction:
44 car field filled by 11 four car franchise owners, with Brittney Spears as the official voice of NA$CAR.
Ok, maybe only the first part of that. Anyone care to bet against me?
Sooooo…is Brian trying to say that most NASCAR fans are Jr. fans? If so, it would appear that NASCAR would go under if something happened to Jr. You know, maybe he is right. Maybe Jr. is the only driver that appeals to a large number of fans. Maybe that’s why the sport is failing. If he doesn’t do well at Hendrick’s and there is a chance that he won’t, then the sport will fall further into the abyss. Nah, that might make sense and we all know that Prince Brian has never made sense of anything.
After carefully digesting this article and viewing it from every possible angle I personally conceed that N.A.S.C.A.R equally is being damaged by too many modifications and too many fair-weather fans!
It seems to me that nascar won’t be able to weather the storm of sub par performing “super star” and if that be the case then popularity will be an ironic demise for a orginazation fueled by it.NO PUN INTENDED!
Well, as we in the JR Nation found out: Just because you’re CEO of an organization, you aren’t necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed.
Well, from what I’ve seen, Brian might have a point. Damn, that hurt. Have you ever seen a race where Jr dropped out early? Not hard to miss, there were several. The swarm of red leaving the stands was overwhelming. There are Jr fans, and there are race fans. Real race fans stay thru the end even if their driver drops out. I’ve dealt with it. Of course, I also attend local short track races. I bet most Jr fans don’t, because he won’t be there. In closing, Brian, get you head out of your A** and step down and let someone you haven’t corrupted take over. Your ideas haven’t worked. Am I the only one who misses Bill Jr.
The real problem, which Brian France is obviously to stupid to realize, is that the reason the Jr. fans leave or quit watching is because after he is out of the race there is nothing left that is exciting to watch! You can’t turn this into a “spec” car racing series and then actually have the nerve to sound confused when people quit watching. If people wanted to watch IROC racing then it would still be around.
It’s plain and simple folk’s, you can’t take the racing out of racing and expect people to want to watch it, because you have stripped out all the reason’s that they began watching it in the first place. To Brian it is all about money and who will pay him the most regardless of what is left of the sport when he is gone. Speaking of which, thank god he is leaving, because if I’m not mistaken he is going to run the Grand Am Series, god help them.
Get someone in there that will let these driver’s have their personalities back and make this sport interesting again and not some watered down, over commercialized sport with nothing but a bunch of robot’s driving the cars. You would think that someone in the upper rank’s would want to make the changes, but maybe that would affect their paycheck’s! Idiot’s!
Desperate men do desperate things. To place blame (of any kind) for the current condition of NA$CAR on a single driver is utterly ridiculous. This is really the begining of the end for NA$CAR. When the man in charge is finding fall-guys that aren’t even employeed by the company tells me that something is very wrong inside their organization. What next, will he say that the reason the seats are empty is because there aren’t any fans showing up…… “Gee, I can’t understand why… we dropped the ticket price to $200.00 a seat, where is everyone…..”
Remember what NA$CAR stand for:
Now All we $eriously Car About is Revenue
Brian may have a point. I’m not a NASCAR fan, I’m an Earnhardt, Jr. fan. When he’s out of a race, I couldn’t care less what the others do.
Isn’t that the whole idea? Root for your driver? If not, maybe “you’ve” missed something. What brings the crowd to the races? NASCAR? NO, the drivers do. So, when my guy’s out, I’m done, gone to the NFL, MLB, NBA, etc.
Sorry, but that’s just the way it is!
You do realize that Nascar didn’t stop with blaming Junior for the ratings drop. Earlier this year when ISC announced there would be a several million dollar shortfall in predicted revenue from souvenir sales, it was mostly blamed on Junior changing teams/numbers. Hasn’t Nascar always contended that the sport was bigger than one single driver? Guess that has changed, too. But I guess, when you are the self proclaimed ‘genius’ of Nascar, you better find any source for the problems other than those who make the decisions. Again reminds me of the old saying about staying quiet and letting people think you a fool than opening your mouth and prove it!
I agree totally with the MBeard comment!!!
The FS has a Christmas party? Must be nice. Where I work we have a “Holiday” party. PC blows chunks.
I KNEW IT WAS JR’S FAULT!!! Hehe.
Brian’s an idiot. And he really is stupid.
NASCAR has out grown the south and some fans can’t accept it. It’s sad!
That is sad. But I wonder what will happen when the Big Cruel Real-World that they have migrated too snaps them in half. Will NA$CAR coming whimpering back homeâ€¦tail tucked between its legs. And like the people of the good ole South usually are, weâ€™ll take â€˜em backâ€¦.. but only after a good tongue lashing donâ€™t you think?
We also tend to flip channels when Jr goes out or down several laps. After that the last 10 laps is all we need to see. And we have been tempted (only tempted) to actually leave a race when he goes out. Reason for that is long drives home head start on the traffic.
TV broadcast are to blame for the turnoff. They show only the leader for 3-4 laps with no one challenging them and then go to commercial and when they get back they show us the same exact thing. Somewhere within the field has to be someone fighting for a position but we’ll never see it. No wonder sponsors are hard to find, their cars may never end up on the screen unless they crash then they’ll get some air time. We have yelled at the TV “come on show us someone besides the leader and commercials.”
We get to see 7 laps and break again for commercial – not showing the restarts. Another thing many many people do not have cable nor satellite and the races are broadcasted on TV you have to pay for. The NFL is starting that up now also. If you want viewers cater to their needs.
Ratings decline top 10
1. commericials every 90 seconds.
2. Gushing over openwheel has beens.
3. Muted personalities
4. manufactured endings.
5. forgoing the tradition and history of the sport while pushing non racing celebrities.
5-A Fontana is not hollywood and niether is nascar.
4. Pushing forgieners-car or driver.
3. taking the manufacturer out of the car.
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Mr France: If Junior fans are so all powerful…
Then may I suggest you stop acting like a twit and ticking us off!
Two years ago we were all told that the sport was bigger than a couple of drivers. That having Dale Jr & Jeff Gordon not in the Chase was OK! You still had 10 great drivers in the Chase.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND! You don’t get to have it both ways. You want to know what is wrong with the NASCAR ratings…look in the mirror dude! It is YOU!
Your decisions are hurting this sport. You can say all you want that the racing is better. Here is one simple little fact…what you think really doesn’t matter much! If WE don’t like it, it isn’t good! Simple, WE are the ones you need to please.
Do you remember us? We are the fans, fans of ALL the drivers. Fans that buy the overpriced tickets, and fans that watch the rotten coverage on TV. WE need to be pleased with YOUR product…WE AREN’T. That is why the ratings are down.
This really isn’t rocket science, I would think that even the powers that be in NASCAR could figure it out……but, as always, lets just take the easy way out, and blame our mistakes on someone else.
My point exactly. Jr fans aren’t race fans. So stop trying to attract them.
@ Connie & Just A Fan:
I agree with you guys. Now I don’t have to type it all out. Thanks.
What kills NASCAR is inconsistency, caring more for the $ than the fans, Allowing frequently caught cheaters continue to work and cheat, not allowing drivers to have emotions (speak they’re mind with no holds barred), Always messing with the car (let’s be honest the C.O.T is just a way for France to pad his pocket and can anyone tell the difference between cars w/out looking for an emblem), changing the rules for no reason (they all fall under the “detrimental to NASCAR” rule) not allowing drivers to beat and bang to the finish, they’ve watered it all down to a Hollywood dream because NASCAR is afraid of being called a redneck!
I watched VERY little NASCAR this year, way before Jr didn’t make the playoffs. After 10 years of faithful watching it’s just become to bland to give up 5 hrs
I think the opposite of MBeard. While I have a favorite driver and I do hope he does well,(not that I’d actually see any of it as he’s not Jeff, Dale Jr. or a few other over coveraged drivers), its really the racing that is, (or should be), the excitement for me. Hearing 43 race tuned engines coming to life is music to my ears. Brent’s post is the one that really nails it though..NASCAR has really become IROC and its only going to get worse…there is a reason that IROC races never really took off, the only reason that people tolerated them was that there were only so many a year and it pitted drivers from various racing arenas so it had that going for it. Connie raises some good points as well with the only correction I would make is its not just Jr. fans that are flipping the stations…even with my driver still in the race I flip channels as I know he will barely get a mention or a camera on his car and more importantly I tire pretty fast of watching the same guys all the time, the same small group of drivers. I think Jr. is a pretty good guy and all but if he is not in the silly chase and is running in the bottom of the pack is there a reason that we are still heavily covering him? I would think even Jr. fans would have to admit that the coverage just prior to the chase was a tad over the top as it would’ve taken quite a few miracles to happen for Jr. to make the chase but the way the media potrayed it on TV you would’ve wondered if there was anyone else racing that day. I think that’s my point..alot of fans I would think are pretty tired of watching and hearing about just a few drivers. Connie is right..I know I’ve found myself talking to the tv as well asking if anyone but the top-5 and/or chase drivers are going to get any coverage. I think Truefan is right in regards to modifications being an issue as well..the COT goes right back to what has been said in regards to the IROC series and if/when they go to spec engines..well, heck, we’re just about there. On the issue of fair-weathered fans I can see your point Truefan but I look towards NASCAR as to why there may be fair-weathered fans. Perhaps if NASCAR didn’t worry so much about concerts, TV stars, selling product after product and actually worried about what NASCAR’s product is,(or perhaps “was”), which is something called “racing” then I think you wouldn’t see a drop in ratings and empty seats at the tracks..like any other company out there..if your product is good then it will sell..if your product is bad, and even with all the bells and whistles you add to it,(concerts, etc), it still won’t sell..Tell Brian to go to his local community college, he can learn that in chapter 1 of “Business 101”.
Not sure where all your readers are getting this misinformation but it was Ken Squire, CBS, Diamond P Sports and TNN that brought this sport into it’s accepted adulthood with the with the fans. Certainly not ESPN!
I am a motor race fan. I have sat through hours of curling to see 5 minutes of racing on Wide World of Sports.I get up early to watch F1. I now mostly sleep through NA$CAR Cup.
Blob cars, blah personalities, slow cars race, fast cars go home, gear rules, COT. NA$CAR didn’t have to print a rule book because there were only a couple…you race this size motor, you weigh this much, you have a wheelbase of X and you have a car body that you can buy in the showroom. That was pretty much it. All other race series if you fail tech, you go home. If you qualify fast enough you race, if not you go home.
I am there for the smell of hot oil, burning tires and hot under the collar drivers. The loud enough to shiver your timbers race motors. I don’t care if it is Joe and Susie Blow that are racing…if they are racing I wanna watch. Too bad NA$CAR isn’t about racing any more.
I agree, why does the south regress while everyone else seeks to progress? It is indeed sad!
Couldn’t have been said better Sleepy…
You can lead horses to water but you can’t make them drink it and we all know who the horses are.
I agree with Chris2’s comments. People watching the races need to be race fans of the overall sport. That includes some knowledge of the sport which includes knowing who all the drivers are and actually attending some of these races to get the complete fan experience. While its fine to just follow one driver, doing so can block out the fact that a lot of other things are going on during the race. Personally, I think better coverage of the “rest” of the field and better announcing from the “booth” and “pit road” would do wonders for keeping our attention so we watch the entire race longer. The timing of commercials are another set of big problems as well! How often this year did we miss the action on the track during a commercial? Personally, I think a bunch of people writing in these forums would do a better job than the idiots in the booth this year! Where’s Ned Jarrett when you need him?
“NASCAR has out grown the south and some fans canâ€™t accept it. Itâ€™s sad!” ——— WHAT A JOKE! THE MORE NASCAR HAS TRIED TO HEAD NORTH, THE WORST IT HAS DONE!!!
True Fan – do you mean horses? or horses ass?
There are at least 8 directions to grow so the anti north statements suggest obvious disdain for a particular area, sounds like someone is still pissed about the civil war.It seems nascar is nothing more than a cover for unsettled “yankee” hate by people who are living vicariously through regional drivers hence Dale Earnhardt and the like.
I am a Dale Jr fan. After he’s out of the race( and that happened way too many times this year)it’s over for me. Nascar has too many stupid rules,penalties and, that really dumb Chase format. I was at Homestead and you should have seen all the people leaving when Dale Jr was down 5 laps. The race was over, as far as I was concerned.
While I too miss the days of Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker, & Neil Bonnett calling the races, two are retired and Neil is gone. Having said that, ESPN needs to get rid of morons like Kuselias and let Jerry Punch and Allen Bestwick call races. Not the idiots they have in there now. The only series I watch anymore are the trucks. Those guys are not afraid to let it all hang out. The other thing that needs to go is Bill Weber and TNT. That idiot wants to be Howie Cosell so badly….somebody needs to kick his sorry a** over to football coverage. Then he can go gush over the thugs there. Jim France, Please kick your stupid nephew out of the chair and bring some common sense back to NASCAR
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