Reader Responses and Random Thoughts
Note: My articles are based solely on my thoughts, observations and sometimes experiences. Normally I do not offer statistics, although at times I may reference what different broadcasters, among others, have said or alluded to.
I remember many times, when I was living in Orlando, in February and July, that no matter what else was going on, I would go to every single event at Daytona, if and when there was any action on the track. These days, it saddens me to see so many empty seats during practice and qualifying, culminating with less than sold out attendance during the actual races. I really thought I would never see a day or night when there were empty seats at Bristol. Sadly, that day has come…
The truck race at Bristol, as well as the Xfinity race had very few fans in the stands and TV viewer ratings were also down. But, we had faith that these numbers would improve for the Cup race. Although there were more fans in attendance, the stands were not full and the ratings were down – again.
While watching the Bristol Cup race on 8/18/18, a thought came to me. Listening to the announcers and thinking about everything they say, I mused about whether or not they are enablers where the behavior of drivers is concerned. What do you think? Do they encourage the behavior of the drivers when they spend so much time showing us when a driver behaves in unacceptable ways, or when they brag on them constantly while they ignore some of the other drivers?
One thing I have heard from fans is in reference to an incident at the end of a previous race. They tell me that it's a total turn-off every time they see the NASCAR commercial where Kyle Busch bumps and knocks Kyle Larson out of the way to pass, and then says after winning, “If you don’t like that kind of racing, don’t even watch.” So, tell me, was he saying if you don’t like me or the way I drive, don’t watch? Doesn’t this play a part in why fans leave and no longer watch? Personally, I think it does. What do you think?
I had an email from a friend about drivers and makes of cars, and possibly NASCAR’S desire and/or favoritism of certain drivers and makes of cars. This is an excerpt from that email. Like many other fans, this particular one is not necessarily a Toyota fan. She is also like many fans today, and has lost faith in NASCAR.
Cali wrote: “WHY did the announcers of last night’s race exalt Shrub’s "epic" run when they themselves SAID the first wreck had made his car aerodynamically BETTER than the rest of the field? He had an advantage; that was CLEAR. All we heard was his domination of the evening. NASCAR is nothing BUT nascrap. Sure, he wrecked but with all the new rules he EASILY got back on the track WITH the advantage. Methinks nascrap was hoping for a Toyota win.” This was only 1 email of several on the same subject.
I also think the way the races (or shows as some people call them) are broadcast has an effect on why we see more and more fans leaving the sport. We hear much bias and favoritism during every broadcast, regardless of the NASCAR series we are watching.
During one of the recent broadcasts of a Cup race, they said they would “go through the field” for the fans. Berra, one of our members here at RFF, said afterwards when they finished: “This is ridiculous. They said they got through the field, but only got through the top 10.” Adding to his remarks, I would like to say that many times the only time some of the drivers get mentioned is when they do their through the field segments.
Something else I have always wondered about is what some drivers say during interviews after races. Normally when the driver has not won, he will say “We’ll take that.” Can someone explain that remark to this old fan? Gee, they didn’t win and they have officially been given a finishing spot, so tell me, how could they do anything but accept it? I just always shake my head when they say that. Just something else I have always pondered… What about you?
Many of us here at RFF truly feel the history of NASCAR is slowly being lost and forgotten. Most of us try to keep the history alive by writing articles of the past, which we hope will also encourage readers to write their thoughts, experiences and memories of auto racing. One of our readers wrote the following comment in response to
Mr. Clause (mrclause) wrote: “Right after reading this effort of yours a thought hit me. I guess it’s run through my feeble mind before, but it actually resonated this time. Have you ever really considered how much racing history is going to be lost forever when our generation is no longer? We are the generation that is left to tie the entire history package together. When we are gone all that'll be left are the cold dark shelves of museums, of halls of fame; the personal touches, the stories that we hold so dear, those will be gone, no longer to be shared. A simple fact in the cycle of life, but sad, none the less. I cannot begin to tell anyone how much pure joy and happiness I get from our stories from yesterday. To those contributing here, just know that at the very least there is one fan that soaks up your memories as a sponge would. Please keep them coming!”
I would like to thank our fans and members for their contributions and for allowing me to use them in this article. Each of us has something to say or add when we read something someone else has written. In the recesses of each of our memory banks, as others remind us of things from the past, we sometimes reach in and smile – or cry – as we remember our past. Then we choose to add those to the ones someone just reminded us of so they can be passed down as part of history.
Thank you for reading and commenting here. Your thoughts, ideas on the subject and opinions are very welcome. I remind you to keep them clean and no bashing, please. You may also email comments to me.