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
Chase Elliott enters his second season in the NASCAR Cup Series and he’s already claimed his second Daytona 500. Elliott sat down with NBC analyst Jeff Burton to discuss what he learned in his rookie season. Elliott explains what he came to understand about the short tracks in the Cup Series compared to those he raced as he made his way up through the ranks.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Justin Allgaier says sprint car crew chief Kelly Kovski will ‘’have a long road ahead of him’’ in his recovery after being struck by a car during a DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws race at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. Kovski suffered several broken vertebrae, rib contusions and bruised lungs, according to a Facebook update posted by his wife Mandy Prather Kovski. Allgaier, who has visited him at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Fla., said Kovski is alert, but a ventilator prevents him from speaking. He is using signs and drawing to communicate with doctors and family. Allgaier, speaking at Daytona 500 media day Wednesday, said Kovski usually would not