I have to say that I was happy with the racing last Sunday in the Daytona 500. There was good drama building to the end of the race. This is typical of the season opening restrictor plate race, the question now becomes how will the racing be on a mile and half track. More on that in a bit.
Earlier this week I read an article that highlighted some of NASCAR’s viewership and attendance problems. According to the article attendance fell once again, this time it was attributed to the presidential election in 2016.
I am astounded by this claim. Maybe I’m way missing the mark, but why would the campaign directly reduce admissions to racing events? Were people so wrapped up in the campaign they didn’t leave their houses and gave up entertainment? I just don’t see it here being a reason for attendance falling. Perhaps it’s simply time for the admission and discussion that ticket prices, food, and travel expenses to attend racing events may have gotten too high for the average NASCAR fan. That’s not a narrative that can be allowed because that might scare the shit out of the investors holding stock in the publicly traded companies directly associated with NASCAR.
Enough of economics for now. Atlanta this weekend. Look for long runs with the field being strung out in all the races. Will give the Xfinity race a better chance for more cautions since they have the new spoiler deal this year. I just see more cautions in the second tier race as the adjustment to the spoiler comes along. Cup will be interesting to see who can keep their tires fresh. Next year Atlanta will have new pavement. Our last chance to see old pavement and grip searching by the drivers in various grooves for this track.
Finally, I’m leaning towards not a fan of the stages. I’m going to try to be optimistic at this point and give it some more races. I have my own thoughts on how this is going play out, so I’ll keep that to myself for now and hope I’m wrong. Yes it’s a negative outcome and view for stages, that’s why I want more time and races to see them in action.
My Cup pick to win this week is Jimmie Johnson. My like to see win is Clint Bowyer. Dark horse pick is Ty Dillon.