Little New Under the Sun

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

Lots of noise these days about the falling attendance and TV ratings in NASCAR. Here’s some more.

Looking at the Top 20 in points going into Dover, there are only TWO drivers with less than five years experience. TWO. Alex Bowman is fifteenth and William Byron is nineteenth in points.

Chase ElliottEven 23-year-old Chase Elliott, who’s seventh in points, has been around five years and 123 races. There’s little room for new drivers and new fans that would rebuild popularity.

The average age of a NASCAR Cup driver was 34. That’s older than F1 and IndyCar.

Maybe a title run by Chase Elliott this year would reinvigorate the fan base. But knowing the media, they’d spent all the available time lauding Chase’s Dad Bill Elliott, himself a former champion.

Sounds like there’s only room for old guys on the track and in the stands. Sounds like a Presidential field instead of a motor race.


May 5, 2019

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