LONDON: The Racing Journal
NASCAR continues to chase people away. On Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
Gosh, what a surprise. Busch has entered five events in the Camping World Truck Series this year and won all of them, leading more than 70 percent of the laps in those events.
Busch started on the pole and had things his own way – again.
Does NASCAR expect people to pay their hard earned money for these events, which certainly aren’t racing. The TV commentators did everything they could to make the race interesting but it was far from that.
There were a lot of absentee fans there. Likewise for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, which was a decent race, but that series is dying a slow death because it is being dominated by Sprint Cup drivers steering multi-million dollar cars.
NASCAR continues to blame the economy for the many empty seats. What about the TV ratings? People saving money by turning off their TV sets?
NASCAR is on a downward spiral. The latest? There are no longer enough cars in their three national divisions to fill fields anymore, with Saturday’s Sprint Cup event only getting 42 cars for a 43-car field.
Sponsorship monies is getting harder to raise. Jack Roush, who two years ago lost Matt Kenseth because he couldn’t afford him, may lose Carl Edwards for the same reason.
There are more young aspiring young talented drivers waiting in the wings for their NASCAR chance. Since there has been little growth in NASCAR, these aspirants won’t have anything to drive. Meanwhile NASCAR sits on their hands and watch as their empire is dwindling away.