What's Wrong With NASCAR??

Juston RosenowCorrespondent IJune 4, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet leads David Ragan, driver of the #6 UPS Ford and Joe Nemechek, driver of the #87 Nemco Motorsports Toyota during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

What is wrong with NASCAR these days? 

Boring races, the last minute debris caution to set up a shootout and guys just riding around for the sake of riding around. 

I for one am tired of seeing this and I don't think that double-file restarts that they are implementing is going to work either. 

What happened to the good ole' days when you would see guys fight tooth and nail for position on every lap? 

This has got to be the biggest cause of the declining ratings. I am one former follower of NASCAR that has gone back to the roots of racing. 

I attend multiple weekly events at my local dirt and asphalts just because they feature better racing. 

This is sad, isn't the pinnacle of racing here in the US suppose to be the granddaddy of all racing series or events? 

Who isn't tired of seeing guys drive around for 400 miles just to race the last 100 or so.  So, I suggest a few ways to make Cup racing (or any other series in NASCAR) better.


1. Make the races shorter

Make the races shorter and by default you will force the drivers and teams to race harder.  Who wouldn't like to see guys race their hearts out for 300 miles, as opposed to this follow the leader type crap.


2. Move some races to shorter tracks

I can't stress to you enough how shorter tracks force guys to race. It is just the nature of the beast. 

You put that many cars on a shorter track and you will be forced to race. Who isn't tired of these cookie-cutter tracks that only provide boring racing? 

Insert your favorite short track here. I would love to see these guys go to some other track outside ISC or SMI ownership as long as the facilities were up to snuff.


3. Maybe try a different surface?

I would love to see the current NASCAR stars and their cars race on dirt. Eldora or Knoxville or some other big name dirt track would be awesome to host an event. 

It would be interesting to see Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, and the Busch brothers sling their car into the corner. 

Keep the same car but allow tread on the tires and watch to see who is the real best of the best. It may be only a pipe dream, but it is one that seems interesting to me.


4. Offer more incentives to race

This type of racing just plain stinks. I would love to see guys get rewarded for racing hard all day.

I have seen that others would like to offer points for say, halfway leader, points for each lap led, biggest improvement upon starting position. This WILL make for better racing. 

These guys (unfortunately) need some motivation to race before the last 100 miles.


5. Quit talking up the same five drivers all the time

I would like to see FOX or some other network talk about someone other than the big five drivers. I hate hearing how Johnson this, or Dale Earnhardt Jr. that, and so on. Give us something interesting when we do hit a slow patch.


6. Quit throwing so many debris cautions

I, for one, do not want to see a debris caution thrown for something that is in the apron of the track. This debris cautions are getting ridiculous. 

If it is not going to harm a race car under the green flag on the racing surface, DON'T WORRY about it. We all realize that the race is boring, quit trying to juice it up some, there are solutions that I have mentioned above that could take care of this.


OK, folks, in short, I would like to say that these are only some of the possible solutions to bring back the average fan and keep our interest and possibly raise the ratings once again. 

I would love to be able to get interested in this series again. Until the excitement goes back up, I guess I will spend my money at the local track before I travel to see one of the races we currently do have. 

If you have any possible suggestions or ideas to add about helping to make NASCAR a more exciting series, feel free to comment below.