It is hardly a secret that attendance has dropped off at NASCAR tracks and nowhere was that more evident than recently at Bristol Motor Speedway. There is a convergence of reasons that have led to this phenomenon.
NASCAR racing, especially at its highest level, the Sprint Cup Series, has displayed some of the most competitive races we have seen in years.
The 2011 Chase for the Championship was one for the record books with the total domination of Tony Stewart, the title winner, who won half the races and tied Carl Edwards in the final points.
The 2012 season is off to a hot start with NASCAR's Most Popular Driver for nine consecutive years, currently second in the point standings and contending for wins.
Danica Patrick is making Cup appearances along with her full-time competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She brings attention to the sport whether you are a fan of hers or not.
Changes with teams have made stronger contenders out of some drivers, while others fight to maintain a reasonable position in the points. Points are precious, as are wins, if one is to make the Chase.
With all the great racing we have seen this season, it seems there is more at play than just the economy that has caused the drop in ticket sales at each venue.
In this slideshow a variety of issues will be addressed that have created this situation. It just may be that times have changed and even a rebounding economy may not solve the problem.