Nascar Reconnecting With Fans

By: Ally White

Brian France, NASCAR chairman stated on Monday that chain officials will decrease the changes and clinch the sport instructions of the past during this season. He admitted two months ago that NASCAR was not connected closer to the nucleus fans sufficiently, especially after bad TV ratings and a decline in the audience attending the tracks for a second consecutive campaign.

The newspaper USA Today informed about the big losses NASCAR had in TV ratings and that this situation arose in the sports followers who profile an age of 55 and older and the constant changes meaning the sport's interest has decrease.

"Change is good to a certain point and we've got all the change that the sport can stand and needs," France said.

Some fans commended France's declaration and questioned to the management of NASCAR last fall, saying: "We're just... hoping something is going to make us interested and happy." "That gives us hope, gives us promise, which remained critical of the series. We don't see anything more than they can change right now."

France faced numerous questions last year for the reason that the sport's playoff scheme hadn't formed a seal close since Kurt Busch won dramatically the title in 2004.

As France hasn't produced big modifications, it doesn't imply that the sport is not moving forward. For example: NASCAR top two series have new names this campaign. Also; the Car of Tomorrow was used only in half of the races last year, now it will run in every race this season. There will be also new drivers, mostly rookies this year.

However; on Monday NASCAR stated just slightly changes to take place. Some of the changes are that the teams will not be assured to classify despite initial good positioning instead the spot will classify them collectively at the end of the campaign. Moreover; The Cup teams will obtain only 200 tires (50 sets) for trying at non-NASCAR sanctioned tracks. Also; the teams can't spin tires back to the pit wall during a stop. And the squads can't push a car on pit road more than three pit stalls. The fines taxed by NASCAR will go to charity instead of the teams in the end season fund distribution.

Mike Helton ;NASCAR president stated officials are coming across of having more races starting at about a similar time. Meaning that the majority of Cup races could start before noon Pacific time and early afternoon in the East. NASCAR had moved the opening times later in the day so less races began before noon in the West. Also; some officials continue to examine increasing the bare minimum age for the drivers of the Sprint Cup from 18 to 21.

As NASCAR hopes to decrease major changes during the coming years, they are optimistic this can help the sport to boost popularity and fans crowds in the tracks. "We'd like, for the foreseeable future, next two years or three years, to have minimal changes and that would include the schedule," "But we'll have to see." France said.

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