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Old 09-04-2018, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Wow, this took me by surprise. I always liked the 78 car until it went to Toyota. Hate to see a good team fold though.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mot...cid=spartanntp
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Old 09-04-2018, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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As I said in the 2018 NASCAR thread, it's not really all that surprising. NASCAR's value to sponsors is dwindling as ratings drop and tracks are forced to tear out hundreds of thousands of seats they can no longer sell. At the same time the costs to field a competitive team keep on skyrocketing.

NASCAR's gonna have to institute cost controls and figure out a way to reverse the ratings and attendance declines or this problem is just going to get worse. Within the next decade or so I figure they'll be hard-pressed to get 30 cars to show up on race weekend.
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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We have discussed this on numerous threads over the last several years and the bleeding continues.

NASCAR has to realize it can't continue their current path. While they have been consistently tweaking the format they just can't seem to gain ground with the fan base.

I am down to just watching those races that are on road courses. My interest just isn't there anymore.

As I mentioned on other threads about this topic, I am in my late fifities in a manufacturing facility in the south. My age group at work continues to get smaller and the twenty somethings numbers keep increasing.

These younger employees have zero interest in NASCAR. College football is their passion.

In the late nineties NASCAR was the hot topic at work. Everyone wore their gear and Friday's and Monday's were usually spent debating the weekends racing.

Not to be doom and gloom, but unless they can get the younger generation hooked, NASCAR is going to be on an extremely slow death march.

If Monster Energy does sponsor part time in the future the advertising value of NASCAR is going to take a bigger hit than it has now.

Interesting read from earlier this year. Monster Energy had NASCAR over the barrel with no other sponsors in sight.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davecal.../#25737e7c143e

Just my three cents
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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We have discussed this on numerous threads over the last several years and the bleeding continues.

NASCAR has to realize it can't continue their current path. While they have been consistently tweaking the format they just can't seem to gain ground with the fan base.

I am down to just watching those races that are on road courses. My interest just isn't there anymore.

As I mentioned on other threads about this topic, I am in my late fifities in a manufacturing facility in the south. My age group at work continues to get smaller and the twenty somethings numbers keep increasing.

These younger employees have zero interest in NASCAR. College football is their passion.

In the late nineties NASCAR was the hot topic at work. Everyone wore their gear and Friday's and Monday's were usually spent debating the weekends racing.

Not to be doom and gloom, but unless they can get the younger generation hooked, NASCAR is going to be on an extremely slow death march.

If Monster Energy does sponsor part time in the future the advertising value of NASCAR is going to take a bigger hit than it has now.

Interesting read from earlier this year. Monster Energy had NASCAR over the barrel with no other sponsors in sight.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davecal.../#25737e7c143e

Just my three cents
It's almost as I wrote the post above myself.

The mile and half courses are snooze fests. There is some excitement in the super speedways, but not as much as it used to be. Even short tracks are not as fun. I agree with the road courses being the only races really watchable. The only race I watched in full this year was Sonoma.

Young people just don't care for watching racing for 3-4 hours. None of my kids watch other than a few minutes.

To save NASCAR they are going to have to make some painful cuts. Cut out about a third of the tracks and reduce the number of races in a season. The NASCAR season should end on Labor Day. Shorten individual races as well. 2-3 hours max. More night races would be good, especially on a Saturday night. Need to encourage rivalries. Need more "black hat" and "white hat" drivers. Other than Kyle Busch, it seems like all of the drivers are the same.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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Here is a good article about all of the teams folding:

https://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/09...know-too-well/
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:24 AM
 
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Didn't Osterlund shut down the year after winning the championship with Earnhardt? Ah.. He sold the year after to JD Stacy, Earnhardt left, and the team continued to run another year and a half.. Knew that was a similar situation, but not the same.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Upstate
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Almost forgot that the 48 team is struggling to find a main sponsor after Lowes leaves. It's not helping that Johnson is not having a great season. He may not make it to the top 16 if a new driver wins at Indy.
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Ally Bank will sponsor the 48 in 2019.
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