Public Forum – Sept. 22, 2010


NASCAR’s Attendance Issue
NASCAR, take a look at any NFL or college football game and note the attendance. The seats are almost always full.

You say the economy has caused the reduction in NASCAR event seating? Have you priced a football ticket lately? They are $500 or more, but they still manage to fill their stadiums.

It is not the economy that is costing you fully seated events. NASCAR, you are doing something wrong. You have taken the incentive away from spectators to attend your events.

Better start looking over your shoulder, the end of NASCAR as you know it is near.

Glen Muir
Port Angeles, Wash.

Not A Chase Fan
Is the Chase even worth watching? The 12 teams don’t start out with the same amount of points. They have the dumb lucky dog, the paper yellows, pit speeding and any other toll that NASCAR wants to use. Besides, everyone can see that NASCAR wants a five-time winner.

Chris Shelvik
Tigard, Ore.

Baseball Isn’t Racing
T.L. Evernham writes to you that the St. Louis Cardinals often get 40,000 in attendance, yet a NASCAR race at Gateway (Camping World or Nationwide) only gets 30,000.

Sure, if you can only afford a $5 ticket to see a baseball game, go ahead. Baseball will bore you to death, like watching grass grow. In fact, you are watching grass grow.

Plus with those $5 tickets you can’t even see the ball after it leaves the pitcher’s hand or leaves the bat from the outfield seats. What a deal.

But, you can be at work the next day and say, “I went to a pro baseball game yesterday,” like it was some big deal. Like I said, never been so bored in my life.

With any form of racing you have unbelievable speed, danger and action. A baseball game, well, strike one, then 60 seconds later, ball one, etc. There is more action in golf and I don’t watch that boring crap either, and pro tennis makes golf or baseball look like kiddie stuff.

Marly McDonald
West Fargo, N.D.

A New Program
I saw my first race in 1940 when I was 10 years old and I was hooked. In 1956 I began subscribing to Speed Sport News and have continued to date, so I am knowledgeable about NASCAR over the years. That is why I wish to comment on the present situation where NASCAR is losing support.

Five hundred mile races are boring. I watch the first 10 laps, the last 10 laps and the accidents in between. The rest of the time I do Sudoku.

I would suggest a change in format as follows — start with two 50-lap races of 22 cars each to set the field. Then finish with a feature race no longer than 200 miles. That would mean drivers had to be at top speed through the whole program.

Stewart Peet
Duluth, Ga.

Tragedy At The Prairie
I recently made the 600-mile round trip to my favorite race track — Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis. (The Prairie). The Prairie is the Mecca of midget racing. The track was built for midget racing.

It is to midget racing what Knoxville is to sprint-car racing. If you can run up front and win at The Prairie, you can race and win against any organization in the country. That’s the deep and proud history of The Prairie. I know this firsthand, I raced with Badger and won at The Prairie.

What I saw at the Pepsi Nationals on Sept. 4 this year was wrong — a field of 16 cars with maybe one or two Badger regulars. This track has long been the home of Badger. Where were they? They were racing at Beaver Dam, some 30 miles away.

Despite the small field of cars the Firemen had the track in excellent condition and the racing was fantastic as always. The main concluded in a strange way, but I’m sure USAC has an explanation for that.

I heard many comments from longtime fans and former racers, but there was no consensus as to why there is now a rivalry between Badger and the Sun Prairie Firemen’s Ass’n. The Firemen have operated the track since it opened 60 years ago.

I do know that if these two organizations don’t get together and put their differences aside, midget racing at The Prairie may cease to exist. Once it is gone, it will be gone forever. What a tragedy, the death of midget racing at The Prairie!

To the leaders of both organizations — sit down, talk and agree on a solution before it’s too late. As I’ve said, once it’s gone, it will be gone forever.

Denny Kowalik
Isanti, Minn.

Who Is Driving What?
On Saturday, Sept. 11, I went to the sprint-car races at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action track. I was given a program, but the program did not have a list of the entrants. No list of the drivers and their car numbers.

Without a list of the drivers’ names and car numbers I had no way of knowing who was driving what car. I went to the ticket office and then the main track office and asked for a list of the car numbers and drivers’ names. I was told that they did not have one because USAC had not sent them one.

All I knew was that there were a bunch of no-name drivers going around the track. This made for a boring and frustrating evening. In my opinion this is very poor customer service and I will not be going to any USAC races in the future.

Don Searles
Mattoon, Ill.

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