Some thoughts as to why ratings are down:
Total number of commercials: 141
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 73
Total number of brief promos of services during the race broadcast: 20
Total minutes: 237
Minutes of race broadcast: 170
Minutes of commercials: 67
Total race broadcast time: 170 total comm., broadcast time 67
Amount of racing: not enough time
Also, another simple reason would be that people just aren't liking the changes made in NASCAR.
One reason I don't like it is because it's the same people every week. I get having the good team. Every sport needs the good team. Sometimes it's just boring to see the same person win the championship three years in a row. I know not much can change that, but I think NASCAR should get rid of the chase.
Another thing I personally think should be changed is the top 35 rule. I think if you qualify in the top 43 then you should race. I don't get why in some cases a go or go home car can qualify in upper 20s and go home, but good 'ol Jeff Gordan can qualify 46th and race.
It just doesn't seem right. I think that it is just another ploy by NASCAR to make sure the Top Dogs are in the show.
Tell me a few of your opinions about NASCAR. Everything you say is greatly appreciated one way or another.