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ESPN Sees Uptick For Brickyard 400 Overnight Without Competition From Summer Olympics
Published July 29, 2013
COMING UP SHORT: In Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz writes even with the "new-age car in use and the lowest temperatures in the race’s history, Sunday’s Brickyard ... was largely a snooze-fest." Kravitz: "Nobody here is saying the Brickyard 400 should be dropped from the IMS calendar. Heavens, no. It still draws 70-80,000 people, still pumps money into the local economy. ... NASCAR and IMS are still a good marriage." Somebody "much smarter than me ... has to come up with some way to bring passing back into this race." The novelty of the event "has waned; the vanishing crowds offer a pretty troubling story." The race, "sadly and honestly, was a bore." The event "needs a shot in the arm" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 7/29).
QUANTITY OVER QUALITY? In Charlotte, Jim Utter writes the "quality of the racing in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races this weekend left a lot to be desired." The "biggest question: Is there anything NASCAR or Goodyear can really do to spice up the racing product on a track never built with stock cars in mind?" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/29).