It honestly cant get much worse then this.
Toyota is dominating the playoffs right now, Dale Jr, Danica Patrick, and Matt Kenseth will all most likely walk away from NASCAR for good at the end of the season and viewership continues to get less and less by the week. Not only that, but NASCAR is having huge attendance problems at almost every track on the circuit, which is becoming more and more evident by the empty seats on Sunday.
NASCAR CEO, Brian France, added to NASCAR’s laundry list of problems this week by blatantly lying to reporters during a press interview. In fact, Brian France, who continues to be a controversial figure in NASCAR due to his poor decision making, decided to tell fans that there was nothing to worry about in regards to the health of the sport and that they ,”making good decisions,”
“Every sport has different cycles where it’s better than it was or less than it should be Brian France told reporters, “whatever it is, that will work out,” France said. “Our job is that if there is a way for us from a policy standpoint, as an example, getting the cost out of the system, that we are going to work, that’s where the charter agreements that we did a couple of years ago allow us to, get at those things.”
“I wouldn’t worry about that for one minute if I were a fan,” France continued on about the health of the sport and future plans to make it great again,,” because it just works itself out. We will make good decisions and the teams are working very closely with us to take any shortcomings out of the system and figure it out. I wouldn’t worry about that for a minute if I were a fan. I am a fan.”
With that being said, the lie in all this came when France talked about NASCAR’s decision making process and the fact that he claims NASCAR makes good decisions. Unfortunately for the sport set to lose many of their top stars and be forced to deal with the problem of declining viewership, nothing could be further from the truth and one only has to look at the sports history to see why.
Whether NASCAR wants to admit it or not, they have either made horrible decisions that drive fans away more and more by the day, or correct a bad decision they made with what should have been the rule to start with. For example, NASCAR instituted a new overtime policy after a multi car wreck at Talladega in 2015, which stated that if the leaders got to the overtime line before an incident occurred, the race would be final.
Of course NASCAR made the ridiculous mistake of placing the overtime line on the backstretch, which would sometimes rob fans of getting to see the races conclusion and also gave the field little chance of being stacked back up due to the repetitively short distance between the start finish line and the overtime line. The mistake was finally corrected in 2017 after a disastrous finish to the brickyard 400, but it still took two years to get there.
Another big mistake was NASCAR’s original version of the Chase for The Sprint Cup. While the new playoff system did bunch of the field again after the first 26 races of the season, it still didn’t stop drivers from running away with the championship several weeks before the conclusion of the season, but was a nice refresh to the season and allowed for at least some excitement in the opening weeks of the playoffs.
It wasnt until ten years later that The Playoffs reached its current iteration and became a ten race, four round death battle to the finish and its still admittedly not perfect how it is. NASCAR has tried to remedy that problem with the addition of stages and playoff points being on the line at the end of every stage, but it still seems like NASCAR is trying to hard to go for that Saturday night short track feel without the fun of it all.
In the end, maybe NASCAR fans are a little expectant at times, especially when it comes to the whole scale changes that NASCAR makes year after year, but NASCAR cant be trusted to make the right decison. Sure, they do make the right decision eventually and should be cheered for at least dong that, but with ratings in the toilet, top drivers leaving for good and politics now playing a role, how many chances does NASCAR really have to get it right?