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NASCAR'S too long
February 21, 2011 - Seth Staskey
NASCAR announced prior to Sunday's Daytona 500 that it was going to push back the Daytona 500 in 2012, giving the drivers and crew members another week of off-season. It's main reason was trying -- at all costs -- to avoid going up against the Super Bowl since the NFL is proposing an 18-game schedule.
However, I think NASCAR needs to end when the NFL starts. It's ratings go down hill when the NFL starts playing on Sunday and the entire sporting attention shifts to MLB playoffs and the NFL. There are plenty of stops along the Nationwide Circuit which could be eliminated, including the second race at Bristol, Pocono, etc. Those tracks don't need to hold two races. Plain and simple, the season is just too long.
It's bad enough that NASCAR starts when it's still snowing in much of the country. I've never understood and I've blogged this before, but never get an answer as to why the Super Bowl of NASCAR (Daytona) is the first event of the season. I really like the Brickyard, but it's certainly not Daytona. It's the one race that the common fan can watch and not all of that has to do with the race. There's a lot of pageantry involved, which people enjoy. I just think NASCAR is too long.
I was happy to see a different face (Trevor Bayne) win the Daytona. The driver who just turned 20 on Saturday didn't even know where to drive his car to reach victory lane. It was refreshing to see someone new in the catbird seat, but it's scary to think that there is a race just about every weekend until November. Wake me up when it's over.
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