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  • Where are the Nascar Fans going?

    Since TV ratings and racetrack attendance seems to be significantly down across the board, and has been for some time, just wondering where all the fans are going? Late model? Sprint Cars? 24 Hours of LeMons? I could be wrong, but I can't imagine they're all just abandoning racing entirely.

  • #2
    It is the same for all sports, some more than others. I use to go to 10 Monster Energy races a year, plus the Xfinity races. Now I go to 3 or 4 a year. It is to easy to watch from your couch at home. All sports, NASCAR more than others, it seems, is being effected.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Luxley
      Since TV ratings and racetrack attendance seems to be significantly down across the board, and has been for some time, just wondering where all the fans are going? Late model? Sprint Cars? 24 Hours of LeMons? I could be wrong, but I can't imagine they're all just abandoning racing entirely.
      That's a very good question. I've been wondering that for years. I don't think Nascar will ever be the same as it was, but if it can adapt, there is a small fan base out there for them.

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      • #4
        Wait untill after this year, when Dale Jr.'s fan base disappears along with him. lol.

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        • #5
          thank big flat screen tv's and single file racing
          God and Guns

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          • #6
            I don't have anything to substantiate this but imo the issue is that most fans are 40+ and they've annoyed a lot of that demographic with all of the changes they've implemented..and just like diecastdan said it's much easier to watch from the couch..we really need for someone or something to grab the younger people's attention beyond just having a young driver that's popular with NASCAR's current base..

            Here's a question for someone with knowledge about viewership calculations..how are the numbers affected by people that dvr or flip back and forth from nfl to the race?

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            • #7
              I appreciate all the responses, but my thoughts were less about diagnosing Nascar, and more along the lines of where are people going to see more compelling races? Not that I would abandon Nascar. Since all Major League Sports seem to be experiencing similar issues, that would seem to indicate they aren't going to other sports, what form(s) of entertainment are they going to? Unless, as Soon2b8x implied, the ratings aren't entirely accurate.

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              • #8
                People that I know... cottages .. short tracks.. families are growing which now include grandchildren .. their drivers are slowly retiring and their priorities are changing which equals less NASCAR viewing and race attending

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KC81 View Post
                  People that I know... cottages .. short tracks.. families are growing which now include grandchildren .. their drivers are slowly retiring and their priorities are changing which equals less NASCAR viewing and race attending
                  that's kind of what I was attempting to imply about 40+..you made it much more clear..thank you

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                  • #10
                    I don't know, seems like people have time for shows like Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead and endless amounts of time to waste on Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat/Periscope/Instagram/etc.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Luxley View Post
                      I don't know, seems like people have time for shows like Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead and endless amounts of time to waste on Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat/Periscope/Instagram/etc.
                      Very true about that! But if you go to a race you'd have to be around other people and socialize and stuff. Who wants to do that? That's just so old fashioned.

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                      • #12
                        Instead of watching the Monster Energy Cups Series Driver's Lite presented by XFinity yesterday, I did yardwork so I could watch the ARCA race last night. I enjoy watching the young guns battle for wins, it's a product Nascar should consider offering one day.

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                        • #13
                          For me it's Jeff Gordon not racing It's amazing to know how much you were into a driver when he's gone. I mean I like Johnson and Kahne a lot but I do not get the emotions with them that I did with Gordon. When Gordon won or finished in the top five it was like the Highest emotion you can get and when Gordon did bad the emotions were terrible. When Johnson's wins or Kahne (lately) finishes in the top 10 LOL I am happy but not much of a emotion at all it really does nothing for me the same goes if Johnson or Kahne do terrible I really do not care I do not feel much of anything except for saying to myself that sucks. I'm sure it's the same for Tony Stewart and soon to be Dale Jr fans. I use to go to the Vegas race, Phoenix race and sometimes Sonoma if I could get a friend or two to tag along now I only go to Fontana only because it's 20 mins away and I know how to get in and out of there in mins. I think the sport will come back around but it might take a couple of years for the Gordon, Stewart, and Jr fans to filter out and new fans to latch onto the new younger drivers for the next 20 years of their carers. I'm sure Nascar has gone through this a few times and pulled through and like the recession a few years ago when fans were losing their jobs and could not support the sport this is kind of like a Nascar recession where three of their top drivers have retired and they will just have to ride it out.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DonCarp View Post
                            For me it's Jeff Gordon not racing It's amazing to know how much you were into a driver when he's gone. I mean I like Johnson and Kahne a lot but I do not get the emotions with them that I did with Gordon. When Gordon won or finished in the top five it was like the Highest emotion you can get and when Gordon did bad the emotions were terrible. When Johnson's wins or Kahne (lately) finishes in the top 10 LOL I am happy but not much of a emotion at all it really does nothing for me the same goes if Johnson or Kahne do terrible I really do not care I do not feel much of anything except for saying to myself that sucks. I'm sure it's the same for Tony Stewart and soon to be Dale Jr fans. I use to go to the Vegas race, Phoenix race and sometimes Sonoma if I could get a friend or two to tag along now I only go to Fontana only because it's 20 mins away and I know how to get in and out of there in mins. I think the sport will come back around but it might take a couple of years for the Gordon, Stewart, and Jr fans to filter out and new fans to latch onto the new younger drivers for the next 20 years of their carers. I'm sure Nascar has gone through this a few times and pulled through and like the recession a few years ago when fans were losing their jobs and could not support the sport this is kind of like a Nascar recession where three of their top drivers have retired and they will just have to ride it out.
                            I understand how you feel. I was like that with Dale Earnhardt, then I became just as big a Harvick fan, but when he hangs it up, I don't know that I'll be as into it. I am sure I will still watch and enjoy nascar, but I don't know how much emotion there will be in it for me. Maybe I will find another driver I like as much eventually, I dunno.

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                            • #15
                              To many knee jerk changes by nascar to to try and improve the racing, which the nfl, nba and mlb dont do.

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