Daytona 500 2012: Postponing Race Won't Hinder Ratings or Attendance

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, walks on the grid while rain falls prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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For the first time in its 54-year history, the Dayton 500 was postponed because of constant heavy rain. However, NASCAR shouldn't worry about ratings and attendance suffering because the fans are some of the most loyal of any major sport. 


Update: The Daytona 500 has now been pushed back to start at 7 p.m., which is even greater news for NASCAR. Primetime racing for the biggest event of the year is a huge win for the sport. 


The Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the year and even though it was moved to Monday at noon, people are still going to tune in. 

Don't be surprised if John and Jane Doe call in sick to work today. They're probably at home watching the Great American Race or even still in Florida. 

It's essentially the Super Bowl of racing, despite the fact it's the first race of the season. It's pretty amazing that the Daytona 500 is a bigger spectacle than the actual championship race in NASCAR. 

It's rich with tradition and history, which is why so many people will still watch the race on Monday. 

The forecast calls for rain again, but that doesn't mean fans won't be ready for the race once it starts. There's an 80 percent chance of rain in Daytona on Monday, so a delay is likely to occur again. 

However, the passionate NASCAR fans will fight through it and wait in great anticipation for the race to start. 

In the history of the race, there have been eight rain delays, but it has never been postponed. Since NASCAR fans had to sit in agony because the race was moved, it more than likely fueled their fire even more for the big race. 

Instead of getting rowdy and having fun on Sunday, the rain forced them to wait. Even though it will rain again, these NASCAR fans are so ready for the race that they're going to explode once those engines start. 

If rain delays the race again on Monday, there's a chance it could start at night, under the lights, which would be a big win for NASCAR. 

Racing fans are perhaps some of the best in sports, so NASCAR doesn't need to fret about ratings or attendance for the Daytona 500. They'd wait all week if they have to just to see the historic race go down. 


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