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NASCAR Has Jumped the Shark

June 15th, 2009

It’s all downhill from here. NASCAR has officially jumped the shark.

Whether it be punishing drivers and teams way out of proportion to their infraction (see Carl Long), holding drivers to an unknown standard on drug use, or suspending a crew chief until he goes through “sensitivity training”, NASCAR has abandoned their roots and is turning into something that’s not very interesting.

And their ratings show it. NASCAR confused the increased ratings they got when Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed at Daytona with actual fan growth. The bump in ratings after Earnhardt’s death was not increased interest in racing, but a macabre interest by the public to see who would get killed next.

NASCAR’s latest idiocy is called “NASCAR Green Clean Air”. It’s supposed to capture the carbon emissions that come from racing. They’re going to plant 10 trees each time they throw a green flag.

This is just another sign that NASCAR is out of touch with reality. Don’t get me wrong, I think planting trees is fine…for the right reasons. But to use a bogus reason like climate change is, well, bogus.

NASCAR has gotten too big and has gotten away from Big Bill France’s vision. There’s nowhere to go but down.

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