SBJ/Feb. 14-20, 2011/In Depth
If you were Brian France for a day …
Published February 14, 2011, Page 14
Bo: Buy out Bruton Smith because he’s bought tracks, taken races from the track so he could have multiple events at his bigger tracks.
Kevin: He has hurt this sport. I agree.
Dan: I would put Bristol or Richmond, or both, in the Chase.
Helen: Drop the Chase.
Terri: If I was Brian France, I would change my career.
Michael: I would put one of each type of track in the Chase: a road course, leave Talladega in there, take maybe Texas away or Kansas, put in maybe Watkins Glen.
Susan: In dream land, I’d go back to pre-Chase.
Kevin: I would put points at the halfway point, maybe even the [quarter, half and three-quarters] point.
• Television ratings: Up or down in 2011? And do you care?
Helen: Don’t care.
Terri: I care only because I want things to get better and because I want to stop hearing about it. Up.
Kevin: I think they’ll be down until competition gets better, and it’s going to be several years before that catches on.
Michael: I care and I think they’ll go up this year.
Susan: I don’t care. I’ll watch anyway.
Dan: I think they’ll be down again. I do care because I care about the health of the sport. There’s too much other content out there so I think it will be down.
Bo: I think it will be down again. I do care. I think it’s all about competition. That’s what’s going to get fans back into race cars.
• NASCAR made a big point that racing in 2010 was better. Do you agree or disagree?
Helen: It’s not back.
Terri: It’s better.
Kevin: It’s better.
Michael: It’s the best it ever has been.
Bo: I don’t think it was as competitive as they’re saying it was. If that was the case, Jimmie Johnson wouldn’t have won his fifth straight title.
Dan: It was better. Last year was the best racing I’ve seen in a decade.
Susan: It wasn’t the best it has been, but it was better than it’s been in five or six years.