The racing and competition on the Sprint Cup level has been fun to watch throughout the 2011 season, with first-time winners like Trevor Bayne and old favorites like Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth returning to Victory Lane after lengthy slumps. Even a relatively uninteresting two-car tandem draft edition of the April Talladega race will be remembered for a wild four-car photo finish.
Meanwhile, it appears as if a rule change preventing Cup drivers from earning points in the Nationwide Series hasn't had its intended effect. Justin Allgaier and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s tie atop the points standings has been completely overshadowed by Cup drivers such as Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch winning the actual races and getting the actual glory.
Tracks are also feeling the pinch of empty stands and falling ratings which, while not as steep as years past, are starting to become a trend this season.
What could be done to help the sport right now, in both the short and long run? Here are 15 of my suggestions.