NASCAR Rips Off Fans With Early Finish at 2009 Daytona 500

Charles AsburyContributor IFebruary 16, 2009

With the economy being like it is, it’s a slap in the face of all money strapped Nascar fans when a race ends the way Nascar ended the Daytona 500.

I thought Nascar was going to be more creative and fan friendly this year. They were going to help out us broke fans, by offering better deals on tickets, etc. Because they’re looking out for the fans. Yeah right!

Run the other laps when it’s dry! The track was dry at 8:57p.m., with no further showers. Most fans wouldn’t even have cared if the race resumed at 1 a.m.! Because Nascar fans are loyal like that.

Fans waited all year for the so-called Super Bowl of Racing. They deserved the right to see a real ending to what used to be the greatest race ever.

Would the NFL ever stop the Super Bowl after 3 QUARtErs? NO!!! Heck, Nascar could have rUn the remaining laps early Monday morning.

And you know what? The fans would have welcomed that fan friendly gesture. It’s a lot better than packing up and going home after forking out big money for tickets.

I’ve been to races and waited 4-6 hours to complete the race because of rain. One in particular was at Talladega back in the mid 90’s. I waited forever for that race to restart, and I’m glad I did.

That race finish ended up being one of the most memorable of any of the races I’ve ever attended, and I’ve been to plenty.

The Daytona 500 is the Nascar fan’s yearly pilgrimage, and some mark their calendArs off day by day waiting and planning for this special event all year long. 

They save money and make huge sacrifices to attend the race. Some fans spend all weekend camping out, anxiously awaiting the race.

They endure all the pre-race waste of time entertainment! If Nascar would’ve started the race earlier, instead of 3 p.m. (By the way, the race used to start at noon), then they would have had plenty of time to get the race in.

Hey, I have an idea, let all those people sing after the race. Because all those entertainers wouldn’t get paid until after the race was over. You think a race would ever get called early again? Call it a little reverse psychology for the money-hungry hounds of Nascar. 

As it stands, all the loyal fans got so hyped up only to have such an anti-climatic ending. The fans got duped! We get some rain sprinkles, and a guy that led only one lap wins the race. What a crock!

If the race would have resumed when the track was dry, and it was dry at 8:30 p.m., then we might have seen another more deserving race driver win, like Mark Martin or Kevin Harvick. We always want to see a exciting finish, and it didn’t happen. We’re Nascar fans, not Nascar Executives!

This sport is becoming about as real as WWE! It’s all just smoke and mirrors. I would love to see NASCAR FANS go on strike!

Maybe, then, and only then when Nascar is gasping for air because of money problems, would they possibly become more fan friendly. As it stands, Nascar got paid, but the fans didn’t!

"We the fans" should speak up. If we don’t, we will always be tricked into thinking Nascar is fan friendly (haha). When the only truth is, Nascar is money friendly, and that’s it! Yeah, take the money and run!

Anyway, I was looking forward to the beginning of the new season, and I love the Daytona 500. Now, I’m seriously disappointed in Nascar’s lack of respect and sensitivity for the most loyal and dedicated fans of any sport, The Nascar Fan!