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The Obama Economy Is Wrecking NASCAR
weeklystandard.com ^ | 5-15-12 | Michael Warren

Posted on 05/16/2012 6:44:20 AM PDT by Texas Eagle

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has been considered America’s fastest growing sport, quickly becoming a national phenomenon. But a new economic study shows even NASCAR’s powerful engines haven’t been able to keep up with the Obama-era economy.

The study, from the pro-market think tank Public Notice and Race Fans 4 Freedom, finds that the economic downturn of the last several years has directly affected how NASCAR fans watch and enjoy their sport. Since 2009, race attendance per year has fallen below 4 million people, and the number has been declining severely as the unemployment rate has skyrocketed. The cost of attending—with higher gas prices, less disposable income, and diminished financial security—has increased.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhoeconomy; democrats; economy; nascar; nobama2012; obama
Personally, I think NASCAR has been wrecking itself for years. The last race I went to was in 2006 in Fontana, CA.

For 55 dollars we got seats we had to be shoe-horned into. 10 dollar hamburgers. 7 dollar hotdogs. 4 dollar bottles of water.

And don't even get me started with NASCAR's increasing associations with green technology, ethanol, etc.

And then there's the sucky announcers who apparently don't even watch the race. There can be white-knuckle 4-wide racing for the lead and those idiots are talking about something that happened ten laps ago or some other worthless piece of information.

Whew! It feels good to get that off my chest.

Oh, and for you search Nazis, I did a search so keep it to yourself if somebody else already posted this story.

1 posted on 05/16/2012 6:44:21 AM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: Texas Eagle

They went overboard trying to “mainstream” NASCAR.

On the other hand, most entertainment is hurting in the Obama “recovery”; the NY Giants went through a 30 year waiting list for season tickets in 6 months.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 6:53:06 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Texas Eagle

You forgot about the stupid “Car of Tomorrow”. Who wants to watch a race where all of the cars are identical except for the paint and decals. They don’t resemble any production car, they’re boxy and ugly. Why would a win by any manufacturer make me want to got out and buy one of their cars?


3 posted on 05/16/2012 6:53:27 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Texas Eagle
Personally, I think NASCAR lost its charm when they abandoned highly modified, production cars for hand built super-cars that only superficially resemble what you can buy on the showroom floor.

No more Walter Mitty.
4 posted on 05/16/2012 6:56:25 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: BubbaBasher

Dang! Beat me to it. :)


5 posted on 05/16/2012 6:57:02 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: Texas Eagle
Ticket prices are the main problem, IMO, but there are other factors.

Individuality: you used to be able to tell at a glance what make of automobile was on the track. For instance, a Ford looked like a Ford, and resembled the street version of the same make. You could look at the cars and say "that's an Impala" or "That's a Thunderbird".

Now, I suppose in the interest of fairness, the cars on the track are all the same shape, with distinctions between makes painted on. Without the logo on the hood, you can't tell a Chevy from a Ford from a Toyota...

6 posted on 05/16/2012 6:57:02 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Texas Eagle
I got news... It ain't just the economy. NASCAR has been in a headlong rush to kiss up to the PC crowd. Their push for diversity and the gushing over Danica, Juan Pablum and others could make you toss your lunch. They have all but turned their backs on the true fans who made the sport. I still watch, sometimes... But my caring meter registers pretty low...

Mike

7 posted on 05/16/2012 6:57:13 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Texas Eagle

One of the few parts of the mainstream economy 0bama hasn’t destroyed are gun, ammo and 2nd amendment related. The prepper industry has flourished as well.


8 posted on 05/16/2012 7:00:59 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Texas Eagle

Does NASCAR even remember what “stock car” actually means?


9 posted on 05/16/2012 7:01:13 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: BubbaBasher
You forgot about the stupid “Car of Tomorrow”.

HA! You mean The Car Of Yesterday. Idiotic air dams in the front that drivers used to flatten other drivers' tires. A rear wing that drivers couldn't see through.

Plus, now the damn things are set up so the rear tires stick out farther than the front tires so the cars look like crabs rolling down the straightaways.

What do the drivers even do anymore? Sudoku puzzles?

10 posted on 05/16/2012 7:04:08 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: BubbaBasher
Amen, bro.

Bring back the 1986 Monte Carlo, Thunderbird, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs. As boxy as those cars looked, at least they had personality.

Yeah, yeah. I know those cars aren't even produced anymore.

Well, the Monte Carlo may still be in production. I'm not sure.

11 posted on 05/16/2012 7:08:36 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: MichaelP
It ain't just the economy. NASCAR has been in a headlong rush to kiss up to the PC crowd.

There's the rub. I read a story last month that Humpy Wheeler was trying to raise 40 million bucks from NASCAR fans to pay for the 'RATS' convention in Charlotte. WT....? It would seem that Humpy would know NASCAR fans a hell of a let better than that after all of his years of running Charlotte. What a maroon.

12 posted on 05/16/2012 7:10:45 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: MichaelP
Well, Danica is gushed over because she brings trainloads of sponsor dollars with her, not because she can win many races.

Lots of male drivers have their seats for the same reason. That guy who owns Danica's Nationwide ride, for one.

13 posted on 05/16/2012 7:15:48 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Texas Eagle

At least some good has come from all this, then.


14 posted on 05/16/2012 7:18:04 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Fresh Wind
Does NASCAR even remember what “stock car” actually means?

In fairness, the number of people who would today buy a V-8, RWD, stick shift family car is probably less than 2% of the total market. (although you and I certainly would).

At the same time, the number of fans who would buy tickets to watch 4-cylinder cars with auto and FWD race around 'Dega is if anything much smaller.

So it's no surprise that the relationship between NASCAR and the showroom is effectively zero.

15 posted on 05/16/2012 7:21:40 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Texas Eagle
Bring back the 1986 Monte Carlo, Thunderbird, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs. As boxy as those cars looked, at least they had personality.

Yep, the mid-'80s were good for NASCAR and for the manufacturers. The decades-old "Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday" plan rolled more than a few Monte Carlos, Regals and T-Birds off of the showroom floors. That is no longer the case.

IMHO, though, NASCAR's zenith occurred between 1965 and 1970, that era of the Holman-Moody prepped Fords and the winged Mopars. I used to love watching the brief video summaries of the races on Wide World of Sports.

16 posted on 05/16/2012 7:35:58 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Texas Eagle

Bump drafting HAS ruined NASCAR.


17 posted on 05/16/2012 7:37:18 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Liberals vote the way they feel, conservatives vote the way they think. NRA <BCC><)
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To: Sudetenland

How could they use production cars these days? They are unibody, front-wheel-drive 4- or 6-cylinder appliances these days.

The 2013 car should restore a bit of indivduality. But NASCAR (at least on some tracks) is primarily about the skill of the driver. The engineers and crew chief are still important, but not like in drag racing.


18 posted on 05/16/2012 7:53:35 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Texas Eagle

NASCAR has been trying too hard to appeal to people who look down their noses at the sport. In doing so, they are alienating many of the true fans of the sport. The cars are boring, the races are vanilla, and there are only a handful of drivers with equipment that can actually win. I too have gone from traveling a couple times per year to see races to only watching them on TV if I have nothing better to do.

But if you take a look over at IRL, it looks like it is being run by the same jokers that have Little League kids going to bat dressed like hockey players.


19 posted on 05/16/2012 7:56:39 AM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Notary Sojac
In fairness, the number of people who would today buy a V-8, RWD, stick shift family car is probably less than 2% of the total market. (although you and I certainly would).

True, but...if government didn't drive up the cost of such vehicles, and the price of fuel, they might still be popular.

Thanks to CAFE and environuts, people are driving around in tiny, dangerous cars.

20 posted on 05/16/2012 7:56:55 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: B Knotts
Lots of private folks taking those "unibody, front-wheel-drive 4- or 6-cylinder appliances" and making very high performance vehicles. Nobody said or implied using bone-stock cars.

Besides, "the skill of the driver" is tested at any speed when the vehicles being driven are running at the limits of their capabilities.

Oh yeah, and as important as the skill of the driver is, the skills of the pit crew alone can make or break a race . . . especially so when the cars are all pretty much exactly the same (barring paint scheme).
21 posted on 05/16/2012 8:01:18 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: Texas Eagle

Used to be a huge fan. When they allowed Toyota in, that was it for me.


22 posted on 05/16/2012 8:08:57 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: Sudetenland
I think the problem is in steering a course (no pun intended) between a pure spec series (which NASCAR is getting close to) and an anything goes series in which cubic dollars rule and Rick Hendrick wins thirty-two races a year.

I suggest the idea of running it like claiming races with the ponies. Winning car can be bought by anyone with a check for say $200K. That should keep everyone honest.

23 posted on 05/16/2012 8:11:31 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Notary Sojac; Texas Eagle; MichaelP
Look at the positive side:
Four doors would allow for a ride along technician with a lap top tuning app...
Sensors, bells, whistles, and recorded voices could totally eliminate the need for spotters...(Imagine your Garmin yelling "go low", "go high", or "pitstop in three laps..two..NOW")
The coming automatic driver overrides would add real excitement to close racing, not to mention knowing in advance that you are about to be bump drafted into the wall...
If you thought #24 looked slick advertising DuPont just imagine it with 20 inch wheels and low profiles...
Finally, it would give them an objective way to show whether hybrids, electrics, propane, hydrogen (maybe not) might actually be viable.

(Serious note)
I'm OK with Danica, if she stops complaining and keeps working at it she should win some.
Just getting in and out of Fontana would send any sane person home to watch it on TV.
'73 Impala was the highpoint.

24 posted on 05/16/2012 8:17:37 AM PDT by norton
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To: Texas Eagle
. . . 10 dollar hamburgers. 7 dollar hotdogs. 4 dollar bottles of water.

I'm always amazed at that kind of stupid greed. I'll bet that if the prices were dropped 50% they more than double their sales. When I screw up and get into one of those gouging situations, I just go thirsty and hungry - it's only for a few hours - Big Deal. Maybe it's a cut-nose-spite-face thingy but I feel better about not being used like that.

25 posted on 05/16/2012 8:18:51 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: B Knotts
How could they use production cars these days? They are unibody, front-wheel-drive 4- or 6-cylinder appliances these days.

I guess you haven't seen the Ford Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or Dodge Challenger SRT8.

26 posted on 05/16/2012 8:22:34 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Texas Eagle
Who are NASCAR fans? White working class.

Who are Obama's #1 target? White working class.

Coinking Dink?

27 posted on 05/16/2012 8:38:05 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: Texas Eagle

I gave up on NASCAR when I couldn’t see Rebel flags in the infield. If they want to make the races watchable again, take the radios out of the cars, and make the drivers change their own tires.

I also got tired of hearing “sunoco race fuel” replace gas. ALL sports inject way too many advertisements into their broadcasts.


28 posted on 05/16/2012 9:13:32 AM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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If NASCAR would retire #22 and #43, I’d consider buying another ticket.

Also, I’d really like to see them racing on Daytona Beach again.

On a serious note, at one point my wife and I had been to every super speedway. Now I can’t even name them all.

Watch them on TV? No way!


29 posted on 05/16/2012 9:34:52 AM PDT by Former War Criminal (Who am I? Why am I here?)
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To: Oatka

I’ll bet that the greed goes back to the track owner and some ridiculous fee to be able to sell at the track.


30 posted on 05/16/2012 9:35:16 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6
I’ll bet that the greed goes back to the track owner and some ridiculous fee to be able to sell at the track.

Sounds logical, but you'd think he'd see the benefits of more profits by volume.

31 posted on 05/16/2012 9:48:30 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Texas Eagle

I buy no name detergent $7 for a gallon at the dollar store. I get a chuckle watching people load up on smaller bottles of tide for $22. Gotta pay for that race car somehow.


32 posted on 05/16/2012 12:33:31 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: MichaelP

Exactly, they also act like they want to follow the model of Indy Car. Long ago the Indy 500 used to be a big event around here(family/friends)...and that’s even before it was a live event on TV...but interest waned(from the 80’s, on)when they pushed for a more “international” flavor, then more recently followed up by turning it into the Danica Patrick 500...combine that with the commercialism(which NASCAR now drips with)and predictable outcomes...and it’s become somewhat boring to watch. When(if)I tune in now it’s usually to watch the last 20 laps or so.


33 posted on 05/16/2012 1:03:26 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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