NASCAR: Track Changes at Bristol Won't Increase Attendance Alone

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2012

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 18: Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, and A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, lead the field to a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 18, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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NASCAR fans are getting their way.  Recently, it was announced that track changes will take place at Bristol Motor Speedway. This came as the result of a survey in which 75 percent of the fans wanted to see a change to the track.  However, will this really increase attendance?

The track itself was not the problem; the amount of money it costs to get to the speedway is.

Bristol needed to be changed.  This year's race was one of the worst Bristol races that NASCAR has had in a while.  Fixing the track is a separate issue from the cost of attending the race, though.  Those of us who will watch the night race at home will hopefully be in for a much better race than the previous one this year.

But what about those fans who choose to attend the race? If you choose to drive to Bristol, how high will gas prices be?  What about lodging or even the ticket prices?

NASCAR came from small beginnings and is now a huge sport.  It was at one point affordable to take the trip to Bristol, but now it has gotten out of control.  People simply don't have the money to spend to take the trip to anymore.

Add that fact with the issue of how boring the race has become, and it really should be no surprise that attendance dropped like it did.

Returning Bristol to its original glory is something a lot of fans have been asking for.  It is a great move, and hopefully it will make Bristol exciting again.

NASCAR needs to find a way to make the trip affordable. While they can't control gas prices, they could try to do something about lodging, ticket prices or even food and drinks at the Speedway.  Any small changes to prices could help increase attendance.

Will the changes to Bristol Motor Speedway help attendance?  We will find out at the night race. However, if attendance is still low by the night race at this famous track, what will NASCAR do then?

Comment below and share your opinion about how NASCAR can increase track attendance at Bristol.