NASCAR, the Daytona 500, and the Economy

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IFebruary 15, 2009

This will probably be my only NASCAR article all year, unless today’s race is so exciting and dramatic that it produces a response from me in form of an opinion column or wrap up.

A quick, off-topic question: why does Bleacher Report call an opinion column an editorial? Doesn’t Journalism 101 teach that an editorial represents opinion(s) from, for example, a newspaper’s editorial board and/or its publisher while a “signed” opinion piece is called a column?

I was just wondering.  Okay, back to the topic.

While I’m not much of a fan of NASCAR and people always debate whether it is a real sport or not, I do appreciate what it takes for racing teams to do for their driver and car to succeed and win a race.

NASCAR racing needs to come back strong from an offseason mired with questions because of the economy.  NASCAR, like most businesses, is certainly feeling the affects of the economic crisis as America's most popular racing series heads into yet another season.

Budgets have been reduced and hundreds of crew members are out of work. Teams that existed in November have folded, while others have merged to stave off a similar fate.

However, Daytona is a difficult place to measure just how rough 2009 could be. Pomp and circumstance still surround the biggest event of the season, creating an appearance of normalcy that might be misleading.


NASCAR is unique, having its “Super Bowl of Racing,” the legendary  Daytona 500 for its season’s opening event. The Daytona 500 is the season’s biggest and usually, its most unpredictable event.

Picking the winner of the Daytona 500 is almost as difficult as picking the winning Power Ball lottery winning numbers.

NASCAR's success is often tied to the success of its most popular drivers, so good racing and likable winners could be the tonic the sport needs. The first step is an exciting Daytona 500.


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