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    I caught Rally Cross one afternoon and I love it...part Road Race, part Drift Race, Part Motorcross with the race being run on dirt and pavement/concrete and each racer having a choice of one short cut that they can take per heat. Heats last 5 to 7 minutes depending on track with winners advancing to the finals at the end of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    They changed so much, they lost me as a regular fan. If I go up to my Dads, I will watch if he is watching, thats about it.

    A decade ago I went to 10-12 races a year.
    Used to love watching NASCAR. My Uncle raced in the Daytona 500 in 1969. I think he finished 17th. The detour he took, thru the infield after being crowded off the track before driving back on the track, made the headlines with that piece of driving. My FIL said I'd have to wait until after he got back from Daytona 500 Race before I could deliver his first grandchild. I did. But Nascar has overregulated EVERYTHING so much. Watch some races, check to see race winners and leaders. But it just looks like a totally different sport to us old timers.

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    NASCAR is one sport where I think the old timers would do great in today's equipment but today's drivers would struggle put back in the 70's or 80's. Petty, Allison, Yarborough, Elliot and Earnhardt would still be dominant in these cars...but put these guys today in those old heavy bad handling cars and they'd struggle...it's just a lot easier to drive them today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    Wife watches almost every event on TV and would like to go to a race someday. I have less than zero interest. They still draw lots of fans, but I have read that attendance is down something like 20-25% over the past decade or thereabouts.

    The fact that they have their signature event right out of the gate seems goofy to me.
    It's a TRADITION, mcpapa , if she's loves it that much, take her to the 500 and Raceweek, she'll never forget it. Pricey but might as well take her to the best there is, THE RACE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsaholic Mamaw View Post
    Used to love watching NASCAR. My Uncle raced in the Daytona 500 in 1969. I think he finished 17th. The detour he took, thru the infield after being crowded off the track before driving back on the track, made the headlines with that piece of driving. My FIL said I'd have to wait until after he got back from Daytona 500 Race before I could deliver his first grandchild. I did. But Nascar has overregulated EVERYTHING so much. Watch some races, check to see race winners and leaders. But it just looks like a totally different sport to us old timers.
    WoW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    I caught Rally Cross one afternoon and I love it...part Road Race, part Drift Race, Part Motorcross with the race being run on dirt and pavement/concrete and each racer having a choice of one short cut that they can take per heat. Heats last 5 to 7 minutes depending on track with winners advancing to the finals at the end of the day.
    I like Rally Cross, the cars, and I watched it three or four times this past year including one event at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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    I like it, but as others have said my interest has diminished over time. I do play in a Nascar fantasy league, that keeps me watching more than normal. We usually have a small gathering at my dads for Daytona, just to start the season off and have some good food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTS_JF View Post
    I like it, but as others have said my interest has diminished over time. I do play in a Nascar fantasy league, that keeps me watching more than normal. We usually have a small gathering at my dads for Daytona, just to start the season off and have some good food.
    As an excited, new fan asking, why has your interest diminished over time?

    And that sounds like fun!

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    I was raised with a house full of Earnhardt fans, so with JR. retiring and SR. passing my interest has diminished. I've probably watched more in the past couple years, because of the fantasy league I participate in. We've got 16 guys and each man picks 3 drivers per week, and your points are based on what those 3 drivers score per given week. I ended up 3rd in points this past season, and I believe the top 4 in the league received some many back.

    I do think drivers such as Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, etc. who race on dirt during the season have helped keep my interest in the sport though. I really like dirt racing better than asphalt.
    @theguru you should check out Florence Speedway some Saturday night; Pretty Impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    Since I am new to the sport I don't have that frame of reference.

    What are the three best tracks you have been to for watching a race?
    NASCAR racing is more of an event than any sport I've been around.

    If you go, you really should go for the whole week/weekend, stay at one of the camp grounds, participate in all the activities, games, give-a-ways, concerts, and races.

    Everybody has a different opinion of what is good racing.

    Bristol is my favorite event. Especially the August night race. I love the smell, I love the way your innards rumble when the cars are rolling, I love 3 or 4 wide in the turns, I love the wrecks, and I love all of the events going on around the track. It is one of the more pricey race tickets, but camping is as low as $100 for the week. Tons of action.

    From a pure racing excitement stand point, Taladega tends to produce the best races. But, it's a huge track and it is tough to see everything. If you want to make a week of it and get there early, there's several free camp grounds. It's been more than 10 years since I've been to 'Dega and the camp grounds can be a bit of a freak show.

    Charlotte is great. The spring race week is fantastic. You've got the All-Star race, Hall of Fame , and just tons of events. The fall race is going to be a road course for the first time ever there.

    I really like Martinsville. I have an affinity for the small tracks and I like all the bumping and pushing. The people in the area are fantastic and has the old track nostalgia. Much like Darlington, which I also enjoy.

    I know people who love Sparta. I've been there 3 times, and think it is nothing special. The camp grounds are pretty good, they're a little lacking in fan events, and I find the 1.5 mile D/Tri - Oval tracks to be boring racing. And it's the only NASCAR track that you can't take your own beer into the track.


    MrsC and I typically go to 3 or 4 races a year. We always do Bristol in August and Homestead Championship. The Homestead event is a lot of fun, but the race itself is like Sparta. It can be pretty uneventful. We still like being there for the final race though.

    This year I think we're going super speedways for the first time in over 10 years. For sure is the Fire Cracker 400 at Daytona, and there's a chance we could end up at one of the Taladega races.

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    On a side note.

    If you enjoy dirt track. If you've not been there, you really should get up to Eldora Speedway in New Weston, OH.

    Dream Weekend and the World 100 weekend are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldweatherfan View Post
    On a side note.

    If you enjoy dirt track. If you've not been there, you really should get up to Eldora Speedway in New Weston, OH.

    Dream Weekend and the World 100 weekend are great.
    I went to Lawrenceburg Speedway last year and had a nice time. A couple of my buddies go to Eldora every year and they have been on me to go with them.

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    Going to be interesting to see what happens to attendance and viewership this year.


    The sport took a hit when Dale Sr died.

    It took another hit when Toyota came in. Lost a bunch of the old schoolers.

    Now, this year, they are losing Dale Jr - the sports most popular driver.

    Also, people shouldn't underestimate the loss of Danica. She brought a lot of girls to racing. People may talk bad about her, but at the races, you saw a lot of people wearing her stuff. I think she was 7th in earnings.

    The good is the young guns. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, William Byron, Ryan Blaney bring a ton of young talent to the Cup Series.

    I'm a little worried. I know three people that work at different tracks. All of them said renewals are down significantly from this point last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    I went to Lawrenceburg Speedway last year and had a nice time. A couple of my buddies go to Eldora every year and they have been on me to go with them.
    That might be the best way for you to really get your feet wet. Go up for one of the weekend events at Eldora. It's a lot of fun.

    I grew up not to far from there, so I've been there a bunch. MrsC and I went up for the Dream weekend a few years ago when all the regular NASCAR drivers were there for Tony Stewart's big event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldweatherfan View Post
    That might be the best way for you to really get your feet wet. Go up for one of the weekend events at Eldora. It's a lot of fun.

    I grew up not to far from there, so I've been there a bunch. MrsC and I went up for the Dream weekend a few years ago when all the regular NASCAR drivers were there for Tony Stewart's big event.
    I have so many things going on I don't like to spend a whole weekend on any one thing.

    I am thinking about sneaking down to KY Speedway one night, probably for Xfinity or Trucks, and then zipping back home. I am only interested in the race. Sorta like going to a Bengals game, I am only interested in the game and not really the tailgating or other hoopla.

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