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Wheeler Says NASCAR Hurt Itself In '90s After Sport Became "Too Fancy"
Published August 15, 2013
IS WHEELER RIGHT? In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg wrote, "Some of Wheeler’s assertions resonate." The size of TV audiences watching NASCAR from '05-12 "declined by 32 percent." Forbes data shows that average attendance at tracks "fell from 130,000 fans per race to 98,000" during that span (BIZJOURNALS.com, 8/14). FOXSPORTS.com's Darrell Waltrip wrote, "One of the biggest areas I think we need change in is the race schedule." Waltrip: "I think we are at the point where NASCAR really needs to sit down, take a hard look at the schedule and do something new, different and exciting. We’ve been doing the same thing over and over, year after year and that’s the type of things people are tired of. ... We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, but we need to shake the tree every now and then and see what falls out" (FOXSPORTS.com, 8/13).