NASCAR Survival: Go Back To What Works

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJanuary 13, 2009

It is becoming obvious that the sport we love, NASCAR, is starting to suffer.  Stands are less packed, cars are increasingly unsponsored, and viewers are becoming less and less interested.

Less action on the track.

Less fans in the stands.

Downward spiral of TV ratings.

What is NASCAR doing wrong? It has nearly abandoned what initially attracted their fan base.  People loved that NASCAR was different. However, with "cookie cutter" tracks, NASCAR has begun to look like the unsuccessful IRL series.  For NASCAR, it isn't too late to fix their problem. They have to go back to what worked.


The short track can fix these issues.  We are down to just three short tracks on the Sprint Cup Series! Let's say you move the Daytona 500 to the last race of the season to boost the Chase ratings.  Then, you move California's first race to North Wilkesboro, and move Texas races to Texas World Speedway (a wonderful two-mile super oval).

One of Pocono's races is moved to Rockingham, and California's second race is moved back to Darlington.  Finally, one of Atlanta's races is moved to Indy Motor Speedway. 

The Budweiser Shootout is a joke and should be scrapped, and the All Star Race should be moved to Daytona—Speedweeks would end the season.