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20-30 Percent Attendance Drop For Daytona NASCAR Races Blamed On Economy
local6 ^ | 04-July-2008

Posted on 07/04/2008 9:22:01 PM PDT by stainlessbanner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A slumping economy is being blamed for keeping as many as 30 percent of NASCAR fans away from the Daytona International Speedway races this Fourth of July weekend.

"Normally this place is packed and we know everybody but now I only see like 20 people I know," a NASCAR race fan said.

The Daytona economy counts on the tourist dollars generated from the Fourth of July races.

However, this year's big race -- the Coke Zero 400 -- is not a sell out and 20 to 30 percent of fans who normally come are staying home over high gas prices and touch economic times, Local 6's J.R. Stone reported.

"It is no where near to the capacity it usually is," a NASCAR race fan said. "You are talking just for a weekend, about $1,000 just for fuel."

Local 6 showed parts of the Speedway campground empty early Friday. NASCAR officials said it is a sign of the tough times, Stone reported.

"I've been talking to people already and some of them come this year -- some friends who normally come -- they didn't come because of the money," a race fan said.

Fans camping at the track said they were also cutting back by cooking hamburgers and French fries instead of steaks and ribs.

People said it is costing them double this year to come to this year's race.

The Coke Zero 400 race begins at 8 p.m. on July 5.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: daytona; nascar; racing; stockcar
Fans continue to leave NASCAR. The good ol boys are at the local dirt tracks nowadays, Francey.
1 posted on 07/04/2008 9:22:02 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Prices for tickets go up, attendance goes down … especial in an ify economy.


2 posted on 07/04/2008 9:24:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder to find one.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Maybe they saw the news and thought Obama meant he was going to the race today. Heck, he talks about the economy and it tanks, he talks about oil prices and they skyrocket, he mentions going to Nascar races and their attendance plummets.

Obama — Change you can count on, whether you want it or not.


3 posted on 07/04/2008 9:27:45 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: stainlessbanner

And what ever you do Florida don’t let those nasty oil companies set up those unsightly oil rigs 50 miles off shore (over the horizon from the beaches mind you) so gas might be cheap enough for families to afford the drive south to visit Grandma and Grandpa at El Boca Vista Condominiums - Phase III.


4 posted on 07/04/2008 9:29:44 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: stainlessbanner
It is no where near to the capacity it usually is," a NASCAR race fan said. "You are talking just for a weekend, about $1,000 just for fuel."

That's 250 gallons of gas. Even if you are driving a huge truck that gets 10 mpg, that would be 2500 miles of driving.

Do 30% of the race fans come from over a thousand miles away?

5 posted on 07/04/2008 9:30:21 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: stainlessbanner

I don’t believe this race has ever really been a sell-out. The Daytona 500 is almost certainly a sell-out but not the Pepsi 400.

But the larger problem is that NASCAR needs to look seriously at over exposure and the sameness of the vehicles. They have the same car with a different name on the front. Probably the only thing that differs is the engine but they are strictly limited in size. There is only so much you can do with a 358 cubic inch pushrod engine and they have long ago figured that out. The carburetors are metered out by NASCAR and with the restrictor plates they are naturally going to be bunched up which causes all of these accidents when one of the drivers makes a mistake.

My own personal opinion is that NASCAR is a victim of its own success and have over exposed the sport to weekly televised events. What is the point of going to the race and being uncomfortable and paying outrageous prices for tickets and waiting to get in the rest rooms when there is a wreck on the track? I’ve attended four or five races and have pretty much seen it all. It’s become boring. That’s the bottom line.


6 posted on 07/04/2008 9:31:06 PM PDT by RichardW
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To: stainlessbanner

It isn’t the economy, it’s fuel prices.

Hello, Florida...you’re part of the problem. But, at least drilling off your shores isn’t having a negative effect on tourism.


7 posted on 07/04/2008 9:31:17 PM PDT by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: tubebender; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt

ping


8 posted on 07/04/2008 9:35:28 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Having custody of a loaded weapon does not arm you. The skill to use the weapon is what arms a man.)
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To: stainlessbanner
Local 6 showed parts of the Speedway campground empty early Friday. NASCAR officials said it is a sign of the tough times, Stone reported.

"I've been talking to people already and some of them come this year -- some friends who normally come -- they didn't come because of the money," a race fan said.

Typical local TV news story -- the only people quoted are the reporter and "a race fan."

I think I'd need some more authoritative sources before I drew my conclusions.

But, then, I'm not a local TV reporter.

9 posted on 07/04/2008 9:38:13 PM PDT by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they're really after folding money.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I just don’t see Obama as a Chevy man.


10 posted on 07/04/2008 9:40:16 PM PDT by budwiesest (Brake the law before it breaks you.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Uh, the race is tomorrow night.


11 posted on 07/04/2008 9:40:41 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Invert the 5-4 and you have no rights.)
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To: RichardW
I lost interest in NASCAR a few years ago. I didn't like the way young France was running things, don't care much for the drivers anymore.

I have found other outlets for my speed fix: CORR (off-road), F1, and the dirt tracks.

12 posted on 07/04/2008 9:41:26 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: JennysCool

Bubba finding only 20 friends on the south turn isn’t real scientific.


13 posted on 07/04/2008 9:44:09 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

75% drop-off will be a lot more fun. up yers disney.


14 posted on 07/04/2008 9:49:17 PM PDT by Waco
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To: doc1019

This isn’t new, NASCAR is just beginning to notice.

Tracks started advertising tickets for future races about two years ago. Last year, there were some empty seats in the less prime areas. This year there have been entire empty sections.

As a Yankee, I blame NASCAR for moving out of their heartland. They have moved out of great tracks like Darlington in favor of new, cookie cutter tracks in areas where there isn’t a real connection to the sport.

I would rather travel and watch a race in a classic track than watch a race at Joliet - uhm, Chicago.


15 posted on 07/04/2008 9:49:18 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Many haul camping trailers. We have a race track up the street from us they are driving campers, buses, trucks with trailers, etc.

They aren't driving Hondas. lol

16 posted on 07/04/2008 9:51:17 PM PDT by TNdandelion (It's Buh-rack Uh-bama for uh hope and uh change.)
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To: stainlessbanner
The sport is seriously overexposed. 36 races, plus the nationwide races which have many of the same drivers, plus the truck races, plus nonstop TV coverage of a bunch of guys talking about nothing. No market is limitless. It's the Rachel ray syndrome.

Speed Channel cut away from LeMans to show Sprint Cup PRACTICE. That's just silly.

17 posted on 07/04/2008 10:03:03 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: stainlessbanner

the reason is toyota


18 posted on 07/04/2008 10:16:49 PM PDT by okiejag
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To: stainlessbanner
ouch...here in nashville they are sitting on that huge white elephant of a new speedway

i can't help think gas prices prolly hurt too

19 posted on 07/04/2008 10:24:04 PM PDT by wardaddy (most white people are stupid piles of brainwashed guilt addled mush)
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To: budwiesest

I see Barry as being an Audi guy. Real men prefer Audi’s sister brand.


20 posted on 07/04/2008 10:30:33 PM PDT by Clemenza (You Shoot Me in a Dream, You Better Wake Up and Apologize)
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To: stainlessbanner
"Bubba finding only 20 friends on the south turn isn’t real scientific."

LOL. That was the best laugh of the day, thanks.

21 posted on 07/04/2008 10:42:26 PM PDT by blam
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To: wardaddy
"i can't help think gas prices prolly hurt too.

The main reason in my opinion.

Also, isn't NASCAR spending big bucks on an 'affirmitive action' program?

22 posted on 07/04/2008 10:45:26 PM PDT by blam
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To: stainlessbanner

Most have finally figured out watching a NASCAR race is about as exciting as parking by an interstate interchange for a couple of hours.


23 posted on 07/05/2008 3:22:08 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: CharlesWayneCT

LOL


24 posted on 07/05/2008 3:23:43 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: blam
NASCAR is fixing to pay out millions to a former woman official claiming abuse.

She shouldn't have been abused, and she shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

25 posted on 07/05/2008 3:28:36 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: TNdandelion

I guess they do worse than 10mpg. Also, I guess they use gas all weekend to generate electricity. Saves a stay in a hotel I guess.


26 posted on 07/05/2008 6:17:16 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: RichardW
I appreciate your thoughts and comments which, in the non-technical portions of it, reflect my opinions.

Although this commentary is about the drop in attendance at certain NASCAR events, broadcasting productions could be driving away television viewers.

I don't think I have ever been exposed to so much guano as is proffered by the inane, useless and boring threesome panel shows, and stuck on stupid driver and crew interviews. Add to that the obligatory vacuous female on the infield, and the inane race commentary that won't ever measure up to the quality and genuineness of those good old boys that commented during the early days of televised racing. There is just something real phony about the over accented country speech patterns from the NASCAR race commentators who think that need to constantly run their motor mouths to be effective.

....bottom line, NASCAR won't ever just let 'em race. It's now about marketing, hype, and personality.

They lost me a long time ago.

27 posted on 07/05/2008 6:26:57 AM PDT by Banjoguy (Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat party are among the enemies of The Republic.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I used to go to a handful of races every year, and catch a race on TV now and then. But the last few years the commercials have seemed to increase exponentially and they have a new found RAP tone to many of them and a RAP tone to the incessant commercialism done during the broadcast. A driver mentions 8 different sponsors every time they mug for the camera, it is transparent and bothersome. I figured the marketplace was changing just like it did for the NBA in the 80’s. Stopped watching that crap too as it became thug fest.


28 posted on 07/05/2008 6:34:53 AM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom and individual liberty is for everyone, including the odd and weird people like you.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

When I went with friends to see the Daytona 500 back in 1989, I was surprised by the number of friends they had who all showed up, most from around our area in northwestern Wisconsin. They did this year after year. A few of the retired ones followed the circuit in their RVs through most of the season.

We saw a lot of license plates from very distant states.

The number of people those stands hold boggles the mind the first time you see it. I don’t know about 30% but 20%+ sure doesn’t seem far fetched to me.


29 posted on 07/05/2008 6:47:24 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Praise God and pass the ammunition!)
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To: SouthTexas

Maybe on TIVO.


30 posted on 07/05/2008 6:50:35 AM PDT by John W
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To: stainlessbanner

Gas prices my butt. I stopped supporting NASCAR a couple of years ago, after being an avid fan for as long as I can remember. It’s gotten bland. What happened to all the fun personalities? Car of Tomorrow? Bah. They may as well use go-karts.


31 posted on 07/05/2008 6:52:56 AM PDT by Doohickey (SSN: One ship, one crew, one screw.)
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To: stainlessbanner

My gripes....
Car of Tomorrow. They need the Car of Yesterday. When you look at old videos of, Earnhardt, Waltrip, Martin, Awesome Bill driving a semblance of the mfgr they represent you see how much the sport has changed.
It’s cookie cutter cars now.

Dumping some of the old tracks for ‘new blood’. The Rock, Darlington.
Reminds me of the repub party forgetting their base.

The sport grew up in the Carolinas, many of the drivers live here. NASCAR told the ‘good ol’ boys’ to shove it.

Cup drivers driving in the Nationwide Series.. That series should be for young drivers, for gaining experience.
Ban Cup drivers from the Series. IMHO at least.


32 posted on 07/05/2008 7:17:27 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: John W

The major draw, the Cup race is tonight.

The scenario may very well play out, but this is akin to reporting the lack of voter turnout for the Presidential election on Oct. 1st.


33 posted on 07/05/2008 7:54:29 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Invert the 5-4 and you have no rights.)
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To: SouthTexas

Gotcha. Misunderstood your post. Thanks.


34 posted on 07/05/2008 8:30:55 AM PDT by John W
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To: John W

More evidence of an ignorant media. ;)


35 posted on 07/05/2008 8:33:19 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Invert the 5-4 and you have no rights.)
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To: blam; wardaddy

NASCAR paid into Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/Coalition fund and promoted “diversity”....now they are getting sued for millions on a discrimination suit. Go figure.


36 posted on 07/05/2008 8:56:44 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Vinnie; Doohicky; wardaddy
Great posts - better said than I could have.

I'll add in there Fireball, Smokey, Lee Petty, Allisons, Bakers, Yarborough. Grandaddy France had the vision from the old beach races at Ponce - what a time that was.

37 posted on 07/05/2008 9:01:56 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Oh Yes, Obama, come to a race this year and pander to fans who pay thru the nose. and bring your eco buddies, yaknow, the ones who would rather have racing banned because it uses fossil fuels.

Oh Please Yes, Obama, come to a race. tell us all about change and hope. and why dems refuse to allow us to drill offshore , in anwr, Oh yes please come.


38 posted on 07/05/2008 10:10:16 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL - the Daytona folks would boo him off the stage.


39 posted on 07/05/2008 11:39:22 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Banjoguy
There is just something real phony about the over accented country speech patterns from the NASCAR race commentators

This made me laugh as I have a friend who is googoo-gaga over NASCAR and he's so metro. Hey, this may be as close as he ever gets to guys with grease under their fingernails.

"Hand me that 14mm with a 3/8ths, 20" extension, will ya?"
"Did that boy just faint?"
"Here you go".
"Who are you, you're kinda cute".
"I'm his girlfriend, you car jocks don't intimidate me."
"You've never been around 800 horsepower."
"I've never been around 'eight' anything."

40 posted on 07/05/2008 5:03:44 PM PDT by budwiesest (Barack is going to lose by 37 states. He'll only take 20.)
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To: budwiesest

Funny! (You don’t really drink Budweiser, do you?)


41 posted on 07/05/2008 5:44:54 PM PDT by Banjoguy (Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat party are among the enemies of The Republic.)
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To: Banjoguy

Did anyone watch the race last night on TNT? It was horrible. Every 8 minutes they would pop up a commercial while they were showing the race in the background.

I had to turn it off and listen to it on the radio.

Keep it up NASCAR and you will lose fans in the seats and at home.


42 posted on 07/06/2008 10:10:00 AM PDT by Dacula (I never left the Republican party, they left me a long time ago.)
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