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SBD/Issue 98/Leagues & Governing Bodies
DIS Working To Accommodate Fans As Daytona 500 Approaches
Published February 9, 2009
|NASCAR Cuts Ticket Prices For Daytona 500
To Appeal To More Fans Dealing With Economy
MAKING NOISE: Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Thursday at NASCAR Media Day said track owners and operators "need to go back to work. ... They ain't had to sell tickets for a long time and none of them remembers how or knew how or ever learned how. ... They can dump that responsibility on drivers all they want, but the responsibility really lies in their hands. ... We already do a lot. We do (expletive) plenty." Meanwhile, SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith had suggested that drivers "do more to help racetracks sell tickets," and Earnhardt said, "I don't really want to go after Bruton; he is way too big." Earnhardt: "I am not telling anyone how to do their job" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/7). More Earnhardt: "I just wish it was easier to go see a race. I want the fans to have whatever they want. I want the racing to be like they want it. I want the drivers to have such diverse personalities that everyone has a favorite. ... You remember how it was 10 years ago? It seemed like nobody was really complaining about little things like camper parking, the traffic or the cost of a parking pass for the infield, whatever. ... Now these are big issues for some reason. (NASCAR) has to figure out how to fix that" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/7).
Writer Feels Daytona Speedweeks Needs To
Adjust Its Schedule To Be More Fan Appealing