On its front page Wednesday, the nation’s largest newspaper by circulation said NASCAR’s problems “seem to have spun out of control.” “Long a Cultural Icon, NASCAR Hits the Skids,” reads the headline on the article in The Wall Street Journal. One of the article’s two writers, Tripp Mickle, graduated from Myers Park High in Charlotte. The article says NASCAR’s largely working class and white fan base is aging and was knocked harder by the recession than more-affluent fan bases of other major national sports. “There’s no magic pill for this one,” former NASCAR race team owner Ed Rensi told the Journal. “It’s about economics and demographics.” NASCAR also has suffered from a lack of stars, the article
Chris Myers shares a collective heartbreak with Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Losses. Unimaginable ones. Myers and Hendrick buried their sons. Earnhardt buried his father. Everyone has pushed on as best they can over the years, despite the occasional tug of the heart, the tears, the emptiness, and the confusion. “It’s good to be around people who understand what you’re going through,” Myers said. “Sometimes you need the space. Sometimes you need the company. And sometimes you don’t even know.” Christopher Dakota Myers was 19 when his car ran off the road and crashed in Southern California. That was five years ago, Feb. 16, 2012. Speedweeks, the traditional start of another NASCAR season.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Although talk has been that the October Charlotte playoff race could utilize the track’s road course, two Cup drivers suggest running a road course at another track. Daytona International Speedway. Ryan Newman and AJ Allmendinger both like the idea. Understand that Newman has been outspoken about restrictor-plate racing, and Allmendinger, who tested the Charlotte road course last month, has raced on Daytona’s road course in the Rolex 24. The Cup Series currently has two road courses on the schedule – Sonoma Raceway in June and Watkins Glen International in August. NASCAR has never had a road course race in its playoffs. Newman says NASCAR should try the Daytona road course