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NASCAR's France Pleased With Start To Season, But Keeping It In Perspective
Published March 10, 2011
NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET: In Charlotte, Jim Utter reports France "isn't leading any celebrations just yet but he's obviously pleased with the start of the 2011 season." France: "I've always said TV ratings are [a] function of many things, including competition and how you're viewed at that moment by your fan base for whatever reason." France "remains concerned the recent increase in gas prices may affect the sport's fans, many of which travel hundreds of miles to attend NASCAR events." France said higher fuel prices are "never helpful to our fans or anyone who needs to drive to an event or anywhere" (THATSRACIN.com, 3/9). ESPN.com's Ed Hinton wrote under the header, "Gas Prices Might Put Squeeze On Fans" (ESPN.com, 3/9). Meanwhile, France acknowledged that NASCAR is "not out of the woods yet, given the myriad economic issues the sport and its teams are facing." France: "We're not, as we've said all along, we're not economists, we're not building around a doom-and-gloom or a robust economy. We're doing what we think we need to do in general terms" (SPEEDTV.com, 3/9).
TOO EARLY FOR A BREAK? In Georgia, Joe VanHoose wrote it is a "shame that the NASCAR Sprint Cup series is taking a break this weekend because some of the mojo the sport has working for it may wear off." VanHoose: "Everything is roses again for NASCAR, which has spent the last few years in the gutter. ... Granted, we're only three races into a schedule that is 36 races long. It will be interesting to see if the good times are still rolling three months from now" (ATHENS BANNER-HERALD, 3/9).