Half-Empty Stands at Indianapolis Shows NASCAR's Not In Good Shape

Brandon CaldwellCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 02:  NASCAR chairman Brian France speaks to members of the media prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It was a depressing sight at the start of the Brickyard 400 Sunday in Indianapolis.

I thought to myself that I was watching an old Montreal Expos game on my TV, or a truck race in Bakersfield, California years ago.

But definitely not a Sprint Cup race at the most historic place in the history of motorsports.

Fans are looking to point the finger, and rightfully so, but at whom?

There's one man to blame. Money hungry CEO of NASCAR Brian France.

France has used NASCAR racing as a means of putting people into his casinos at race tracks. Funny how there was no mention of a second date at Kansas Speedway until a casino was built there three years ago.

Yes, I agree, due to the casino, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series deserves to go to Kansas.

Kansas is a lack luster race, with no action, so we don't need fans going there twice a year to fill France's pockets even more than what they already are.

You should see Lisa France Kennedy's new mansion in Daytona. I think LeBron James would be impressed.

But what does this have to do with Indianapolis? The racing.

Obviously the casino business is France's main interest—not the series that his grandfather and father worked so hard to build.

He's more concerned with the casino business than addressing issues like the ridiculous payment system to the teams.

And the "have at it boys" mentality only to be interrupted by a debris yellow with 10 to go is damaging to NASCAR... oh wait, sorry, I don't have $50,000 I better watch my mouth.

Like I always say, you can't spell debris without "BS!"

I hope Juan Pablo Montoya is thanking him for the yellow flag and the rubber build up on the top of the racetrack. This is the stuff that goes on in NASCAR now.

Ask Denny Hamlin, I know NASCAR doesn't care about their fans enough to tell us who the drivers are, but I'm sure he's one of them.

So why not show up to Indianapolis?

I can watch Jeff Gordon dominate a race for 390 miles, work so hard to get a two second lead, and have a hot dog rapper sitting on the track for 60 laps cause a yellow flag!

"For the best interest of the sport" is something I'm sick of hearing. If I were a Jeff Gordon fan, I'd be infuriated.

Sigmund Freud once said, "The world loves [crap]!" I agree with that. But obviously not enough to pay 60 bucks a ticket for it!

You tell us to turn it off if we don't like it. With the declining attendance, and slumping TV ratings, we slowly are!