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TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:30pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, May 1 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, May 1 at 9:30am/et on FS2;
Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm/et on FS1;

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137 comments

  1. This is a commercial for my local cable TV carrier.

    Look at the guy dressed in mummy rags who says he’s summoning the apocalypse.

    Doesn’t he look exactly like Carl “Flipper” Edwards? 😀

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  2. http://www.richmond.com/sports/auto-racing/nascar/nascar-s-fall-continues-as-sparse-crowd-attends-race-at/article_1a9d6ef9-92e5-5abb-b226-743a38b0cb89.html

    NASCAR race at Richmond that sold 112,000 tickets a decade ago is now struggling to fill 60,000 seats
    By MICHAEL PHILLIPS Richmond Times-Dispatch 17 hrs ago
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    Dan Currier
    There were plenty of seats available for the Toyota Owners 400. RIR is one of many NASCAR tracks that has seen its attendance decline in the past decade.
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    Sunday afternoon’s race delivered everything NASCAR fans say they want.

    A thrilling day of side-by-side racing came down to the final laps, with several big-name drivers jockeying for a victory that ultimately went to Joey Logano.

    The only thing missing was the crowd.

    A race that drew a sold-out grandstand of 112,029 just a decade ago mustered perhaps a quarter of that during Sunday’s running. NASCAR doesn’t release attendance figures, but the venue, which has been trimmed to around 60,000 seats, was half-full at its peak and far emptier when Logano crossed the finish line.

    “It’s 90 degrees and the coverage on TV is pretty excellent,” said Denny Hamlin, after the race.

    Attendance issues aren’t just at RIR — many NASCAR tracks are battling declining attendance. But it’s a pressing concern for track president Dennis Bickmeier, who declared after the race that “everything’s on the table,” including a potential move back to night racing.

    “We had hard racing, we had battles for the lead — what you want in a race,” he said.

    If good racing is enough to bring the crowds back, Sunday was as good a place as any to start.

    The circuit’s biggest names, including Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, all figured prominently in a wild finish where the pack was scrambled four times by cautions in the final 60 laps.

    The new system of stages paid off as well, with bonus points at the 100 and 200-lap mark generating a flurry of action and maneuvering.

    Even running the race in the daytime paid dividends, with a hot track allowing four-wide racing at times. Whether all of it resonated enough to generate ticket sales is a bigger issue.

    Bickmeier added that he was encouraged by three years of sales growth in the track’s “Richmond Nation” season-ticket package, part of his team’s fan-friendly approach.

    “You see glimmers of hope, and you build on that,” he said.

    Hamlin took a long view, emphasizing that for hard-core race fans, being at the track doesn’t have the same appeal it has in the past.

    “Viewing sports is different now than what it’s ever been,” he said. “People with smartphones are watching races and games in the back of their car going up the highway. You don’t have to attend these races anymore to get a good experience.

    “We live in a different world now.”

    mphillips@timesdispatch.com

    (804) 649-6546

    Twitter: @michaelpRTD

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    1. That’s right!
      All we wanted was to see side by side racing!
      Especially from some of the most unpopular makes and drivers in the sport! WOO HOO!
      None of them has any sort of an advantage and if they do, rewrite the rules to take it away!
      Make it random! Make them all equal! Just like communism! To hell with the past American traditions!
      Nobody loses and gets to feel bad about it and motivated to try any harder!
      Everyone gets a trophy!

      These people still do not have a frikkin’ clue about what we all liked about this sport?

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          1. Feel free to delete the above post Robbob if you feel that it’s too much.

            BTW, I never noticed before that King Brian’s eyes point in two different directions?
            Like a reptile?

            Another caption; “I care about the fans about thiiiiis much.” “All I want is money.”

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    1. “We’re not isolated here,” France said. “Every sport is trying to unlock the new consumption levels and fan interest by a younger demographic. Of course we love our core fan and everyone does, but every sport is thinking carefully about how to reach the millennial fan to get them excited about their sport.”

      The above taken from the article.

      What an arrogant liar and a clueless shit?

      No he does NOT love the core fan base. He never has. He only loves our money. He always takes us for granted, never pays any regard to the things that we liked as he alienates us for the demographic that he and his corporate masters find more “desirable” as customers. He has openly admitted to that fact many times over.

      Fuck Brian France. He deserves to go broke.

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      1. Oh, and the fat emperor still doesn’t get it. His “experts” that he’s hired to do the brainwashing PR bullshit are the ones who talked him into ruining the sport with all of the stupid rules changes.

        They believe that they can continue to fabricate their shit sandwich then sell it to us with their psychological PR brainwashing manipulation tactics to make us buy it expecting it to be sweet pastries?

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