I came across this article that was published today on RacingNews.co about dirt racing becoming a growing threat to NASCAR. Although I think we may be comparing to apples to oranges here, the author does make some good points. Dirt track racing is on a bit of a resurgence. You can see evidence of that right in our area. Mansfield Motor Speedway re-opening as a dirt track this year and Baerfield Motorsports Park adding a dirt oval to their facility in Fort Wayne...in addition to the already established tracks in the area.
It is not quite time for the once dominant NASCAR to close up shop and call it quits just yet, the trends are not going in their direction. TV ratings have been declining and the attendance at their races has been noticeably down. It used to be you would turn on a NASCAR race and see every single grandstand seat filled. That is definitely not the case anymore. NASCAR had its beginnings on the dirt and then left its roots behind for super speedways to become the big corporate beast it is today. Perhaps it is the costs of attending races. Maybe the lack of excitement of a four hour long race. Or could it be the insane amount newer rules and procedures that has moved NASCAR further away from what it used to be.
I am not sure if it is because of my involvement in the sport, but it seems interest dirt track racing has been increasing. The sport is much more friendly to fans' pocketbooks and although rules have changed with the times over the years, it still has pretty much the same heart and soul as it did in the beginning. Strap into your machine and go out there and give her hell.
It would be pretty cool to see dirt track racing break out and go mainstream like NASCAR, but at the same time I think I like it right where it is. A sport that hasn't gotten too big for its britches and delivers great racing action for fans of all ages on a weekly basis.
Is it summer yet?