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Is Shaming Fans Good for NASCAR?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Call me crazy but I thought fans were important to NASCAR. How many times in the past did we hear “without the fans we couldn’t do what we love to do” when drivers or other NASCAR personalities talked specifically about the fan base? I would imagine having and retaining fans would be an important component to the success of the sport, which has me perplexed (I said it) on why NASCAR would allow employees and the sport’s paid media to...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017
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Where Have the NASCAR Critics Gone?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Statement about the future of the Thunder Crew Radio Show is at the bottom of this column… If you’ve followed NASCAR over the past five years you know without a doubt the times have changed. As I mentioned in ‘Did NASCAR Push Carl Edwards Away?’ the industry will continue to get smaller.  It’s not all bad and it’s not all NASCAR’s fault.  For example, the Internet and economic challenges from several years ago killed print media.  This caused the job...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017
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Is NASCAR Losing Fans Like Me?
Dennis Michelsen

Is NASCAR Losing Fans Like Me? Every week we see the television ratings after a NASCAR race and it seems just about every week the news is bad. The pundits seldom talk about this but when they do they blame it on the hundreds of channels of stuff available and point out that other sports are also seeing their ratings drop. There is some validity to that but there also seems to be something going on with NASCAR that I...

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Saturday, 22 October 2016
Making the Grade- NASCAR’s New Villain Edition- Dega 2
Dennis Michelsen

Making the Grade- NASCAR’s New Villain Edition- Dega 2 When the changes to the Chase format were announced NASCAR CEO Brian France said he wanted, “More game seven moments.” This week at Talladega Super Speedway he got more of a “July 24th” moment instead. That date refers to the infamous George Brett Pine Tar Incident in a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees that took place on July 24, 1983. Brett hit a home...

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Monday, 26 October 2015
Making the Grade- NASCAR Ruined Richmond Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Making the Grade- NASCAR Ruined Richmond Edition What in the Wide Wide World of Sports is going on in NASCAR? Last year the racing was better than we have seen in many years but the rule changes for 2015 even ruined racing at an “Action Track” like Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR attempted to save the day with some phony debris cautions but all that did was keep more than 10 cars finishing on the lead lap. Whenever a car and...

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Sunday, 13 September 2015
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