Ch, ch, ch, ch Changes.
I’ve found the easiest way to start a conversation anywhere is to tell someone close to me that I’m a sportswriter. Not just any kind of sportswriter, but a NASCAR sportswriter.
It starts a dialog about a sport that I and 70-plus million of my closest friends across America truly enjoy. And its not just about the competition for me. It’s the people.
NASCAR is often forgotten when sports fans talk about team and team work. If the man on the street only knew how much goes into putting a Sprint Cup car on the track every week (times 43) they would surely be blown away. And more importantly, once you’re involved with NASCAR for any great length of time, you find out that everyone is like family.
These are tough times for the NASCAR family. The money that keeps the sport afloat is hard to come by these days, same as in all sports. It’s hard to blame anyone for that. But somehow, NASCAR has been able to rebound from the dark days about six years ago, when the economy tanked and some of the biggest teams in the sport put many people out on the street.
The big crowds and comparatively big television numbers—on any given weekend from February to July, the NASCAR race is the most watched cable sport show all weekend—all remain a staple of the sport.
As a NASCAR fan, you have the right to complain about anything you want to complain about. And if you’ve got the time and the energy and you know the route to take through social media, anyone can express their pleasure or displeasure of how the sport is doing directly to the people at the top of the food chain who are listening—yes, listening to the fans.
Admittedly the television broadcast isn’t perfect. But you can make it perfect for you by using NASCAR.com’s Raceview program or Race Buddy.
You can also follow Twitter during a race, or follow one of the many live blogs available on the Internet. More and more people are doing that. It makes for a more complete picture of what is happening on the race track. After all, there's 43 fascinating stories taking place every Sunday
You can’t just sit on the sidelines and complain about NASCAR if you’re not willing to either offer a solution to the problem or be part of someone else’s idea for a solution. You have to admire the hard work being done by some pretty serious people in Daytona Beach and Charlotte who are willing to make changes to NASCAR while keeping it the same as it has always been.
It’s a tough balance, but so far, despite all the shouting, things seem to be working pretty well.