NASCAR TV Blackouts

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Speedway Owner Wants TV Blackouts

There are a few speedway promoters and race track owners who think it would be a good idea to blackout local TV coverage of NASCAR races in the event that races aren’t sold out.

Think it couldn’t happen? The NFL does it all the time.

Bruton Smith owns about half the tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule including tracks at Charlotte, Bristol and Las Vegas.

When asked if TV coverage should be blacked out in local markets in the event the speedway didn’t sell out a race Smith quickly replied “that’s exactly what should happen.”

So if the Atlanta race on Labor Day Weekend doesn’t sell out then that would mean that race fans there wouldn’t be able to watch the race on TV.

I guess Bruton Smith thinks that if people can’t watch the race on TV then they’ll be more likely to head over to the track and buy a ticket.

David Poole thinks it couldn’t happen in NASCAR, but I think it’s a very real possibility.

It’s also extremely unfair. In this economy many people simply don’t have the money to spend on race tickets. There are also many loyal NASCAR fans that are simply unable – for whatever reason – to go to the racetrack.

If NASCAR starts blacking out TV coverage I believe many fans will simply lose interest in the sport – there will be a lot more people who will leave the sport than there are who will be bullied into buying tickets.

What would you do if NASCAR blacked out TV coverage for the race at your home track? Would you buy a ticket and go to the race?

 

 

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130 Comments on NASCAR TV Blackouts

  1. Jean Meeuwsen on
  2. This is really a dumd idea with the way the economy is. People can’t afford to buy gas to travel hundreds of miles, buy food and lodging, plus tickets with their prices. Nascar drivers are still getting paid the same RIGHT? Nascar is loosing alot of fans now and then to do something like that, they will loose more.

  3. Melodie on
  4. that would really suck! Nascar would lose a big fan here. Who can afford a ticket and put gas in your car to go to these races?? i hope and pray they dont make a stupid mistake like not showing the race on T.V.

  5. Harold on
  6. I got satalite, they can’t black-out all the satalite networks. That’s going to hurt the poorest of the poor people. And if i was put in that situation i certainly would not go to the track.

  7. mawmaw88 on
  8. No, I would not. I don’t go when it is not blacked out because I can not afford the tickets.

  9. Melva on
  10. If they black out the races. I will be done with Nascar. We go to 2 races a year and that is getting to be way to costly. I have just about had it with Nascar and the track owners. They would not have the money they do if not for the fans. I think it is a slap in the face.

  11. Joe on
  12. I would discontinue keeping up with the”All American Sport”, as again it comes to corporate profits, screw the fan.. how long does he think the sport could last?? Why doesn’t Smith provide bailout money to the car makers so they can continue to sponsor the sport – -nay, let the people pay.

  13. Rbupp on
  14. For what it is worth, I have NEVER in my 71 years of being a huge sports enthusiast paid to see ANY event due to a blackout.

    The Milwaukee Brewers drew over three million fans last season with 90% of home games on local television. I believe that virtually all fans attend because they want to be there in person and television is simply not a factor.

  15. Steve on
  16. Go ahead NASCAR, blackout all the races. You have screwed everything else up so why not continue. Little by little your fans are moving on to NHRA and other motor sports. If you were smart you would do away with the COT and let the racers be racers, build their cars and race like they did years ago. Bring back the days of DE, RP and MW fighting all the way to the finish line!

  17. sherry on
  18. I am dissabled, so that would really hurt me if they did this…….

    Sherry

    If (and that’s if) races are blacked out it would only be in localized areas. Say if NASCAR were racing in Kansas, then the local broadcast could be blacked out. It wouldn’t affect people hundreds of miles away I don’t think.

  19. mark on
  20. I have seen nascar come along way been a fan from 70-71 worked a nascar track for 6 years now I can’t get around very well, They start blackout and I won’t get the races that I live for , long time ago they put races on PPV and that didn’t work and I refuse to pay when I already pay for my TV… GOOD LUCK NASCAR

  21. Lynn on
  22. Maybe we should black-out Bruten Smith. Who does he think he is? Maybe, he’s getting senile… I used to think he was such a nice guy as he usually goes up through the stands before the races and shakes hands with the fans and thanks them for coming.

    We are Americans with free-will. I go to the races I can and enjoy watching the rest on TV. I also spend plenty of money on NASCAR & track memorabilia. I enjoy NASCAR but you kow what they say… Out of sight, out of mind.

  23. Helen on
  24. WOW…JUST ANOTHER WAY TO PUSH MORE FANS AWAY
    THESE PEOPLE HAVE LOST THERE MINDS AND WHEN NOBODY SHOWS UP AT THE RACES I GUESS THE DRIVERS WON’T BE GETTING PAID….SEE HOW LONG THAT WILL LAST!!

  25. Sari on
  26. For many reasons people can’t go to races. I would think the economy plays a big part in it. Why do you think the races are not selling out??? Totally assanine decision on NASCAR’s part if they try to do this. I do have tickets to one local race in my area. However, if they blacked it the others because they weren’t sold out I definitely would not go buy tickets just because…… It would probably piss me off so much, they’d lose me as a fan all together!

    Besides race tracks Bruton Smith owns Sonic Automotive — a chain of car dealerships — which is currently trading on the stock market for $2.32 per share. It’s high over the past year has been as much as $21.71 — so I don’t think Smith will be giving a bailout to the auto makers

  27. Monte J. Gottbrecht on
  28. I live in Missouri on a low fixed income. I already pay extra just to get ABC and the SPEED channel, not to mention the cost of DISH.There is no way in heck that on short notice, I’ll be able to jet down to Atlanta to see a race. My dream is to be able to go to any race before I die, let alone be able to go see every race they decide to black out.Damn all those greedy people who have screwed up the economy to the point that it has come to this.Of course, the race that they black out will be the one when Jr. finally decides to win one. I used to be the biggest boxing fan on the planet until the only way to see an important fight was to pay $50. Now I couldn’t tell you the name of one champ in any division.So there you go Hey Bruton, could you loan me 50 Grand so I can go see all the races at your tracks?

  29. Ron on
  30. I’m sure the sponsers don’t want any part of that. They spend a lot of money to get their products known. They will lose a lot of fans if they black out areas just for greed. That’s why this counrty is in such a disaster.

  31. Randy on
  32. That will wrap up my support of the sport. Thanks NASCAR you finally killed it. Little by little you you have taken all you can from the fans and we are not going to take it anymore.

  33. steven on
  34. I WOULD ONLY GO TO THE FALL BRISTOL RACE AND START GOING TO THE NON-NASCAR TRACKS IN MY AREA.THOSE GUYS REALLY NEED THE HELP AND THERE NOT MONEY HUNGRAY LIKE SMITH.

    No i would not buy tickets to go and see and race i cant aford the price I DO not live by a track so i would have to travel and pay to stay some place we are old and my husund is disable tv is the only way we can see a race .Ilove nacar but if i have to do with out i well wach something else .The drivers make too much money as it is. Joyce Brown

  35. Kent on
  36. well so much for my support also. nascar and nfl are 2 differnt sports. nascar depends on us and nfl dont. i live near talladega and if they black it out they would be a hell of a mess. so if they wanna do this i betcha within 5 yrs they want be no more nascar. we have spent all this money on all our stuff and it will go to waste in the trash burn pile. IF IT WERENT FOR US NASCAR WOULD BE SUNK SO THINK ABOUT IT YOU RICH FOLKS. YOU CANT TAKE YOUR MONEY WITH YOU SO LETS PLAY

  37. Terri on
  38. If they black out ANY races, that will be the final straw for me!

  39. Jean on
  40. Are they forgetting who got them where they are? Keep pushing fans away and you can black out every race, it won’t matter. We aren’t going to as many races this year because we can’t afford it. Unless Bruton Smith wants to pay our way, we’ll be staying home, much as we’d love to go to the tracks. Don’t see any huge efforts made to help people afford to go to the races. They need to get out in the real world and face reality.

    These Promoters and track owners are only hurting themselves as well as the fans, they will see that there will be even LESS ATTENDANCE at these tracks if this is put in place!Instead of lowiering their prices or at least giving some kind of package deal, they will black out the race, WELL, WHAT A JOKE ON THEM! This I have to see, Better prepare now gentlemen for your bankrupt forms, your going to need them!!!!!!

  41. Aubrey on
  42. is it really comming to this? what happened to caring about the fans? now they just care about the money :(…if they start blacking-out races, NASCAR will loose so many fans…if they blocked the Las Vegas race, i dont think fans from the east coast would fly all the way over to Vegas for a race…way to costly. if they start blacking out races, i will be VERY mad…we cant afford to go to every race they black out, heck, we can barley afford to go to one!! DONT U DARE START BLACKING OUT RACES PEOPLE!!!!!

  43. Carl on
  44. I don’t think I will be in a blackout area. I live on the south east coast of Fl. About half way between Daytona and Homestead. But if a race is blacked out any where I won’t watch that race on TV.

  45. Judy on
  46. That would really be a bad idea. I’d love to go to the local track if I wasn”t disabled and on a fixed income. I know in my area it’s only 1 maybe 2 races but it’s kind of exciting to see our track on T.V. even if my at home. I love Nascar give us all a break and leave it like it is.

  47. George Moffatt on
  48. I live in Canada and I would have to go to the track’s to see the race??????N O T I would take up fishing instead as I am disabled also!!

  49. Nate on
  50. STUPID IDEA!!

  51. Lissa on
  52. If you start blacking out races on the T.V. you will see alot of fans totally leave the sports.
    I will be one of them, because that is just crazy.
    So much has changed over the past years & some I like & some I hate, but I will have to spend my time watching something other than Nacar racing if this crap does go into effect.
    Go Jr. 88 fan

  53. Evelyn on
  54. I think it’s stupid to “Black Out” the races. Some of us don’t live near the race tracks to go buy a ticket. Some can’t afford to buy tickets, plus the cost of the trip. I am a faithful Nascar Fan and I watch the races every Sat and Sunday.
    PLEASE DON’T BLACK OUT THE RACES.

  55. Aubrey on
  56. i just cant believe they are ever considering this!!!!!!! i cant believe how selfish that guy is being…WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM?!?!?! geez bruton…just push the fans away more!!

  57. Aubrey on
  58. i agree with Judy…nascar should give us fans a break!!!!!

  59. barbara on
  60. It is not TRUE ABOUT NFL BLOCKING OUT IN LOCAL AREAS, I am a LONG TIME FAN OF FOOTBALL and you get to see the RED SKINS PLAY on 35 in
    Richmond,VA all the time. I THINK NASCAR NEEDS TO GET A GRIP AND THE TRACK OWNERS NEED TO
    REALIZE THAT IT IS THE ECONOMY THAT IS KEEPING PEOPLE AWAY SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD THE TICKETS. NEED I REPEAT NO MONEY FOR TICKETS what part of that does NASCAR NOT
    UNDERSTAND. Just look around the price of GAS AND DIESEL FUEL HAS JUMPED FROM THE $1.00 SOMETHING TO $2.15 or more for high test and
    $1.89 for mid-grade,,,,,,let’s see —- does this have a bearing on fans coming to the races, hum, I think so. Also, if they would REDUCE THE TICKET PRICE AND THE HOTLES WOULD DROP THEIR PRICES,,,,,,,,MAYBE, JUST MAYBE WE COULD AFFORD TO GO………
    THIS NOT ONLY AFFECTS THEM BUT IT AFFECTS THE RESTURANTS AND MOST OF ALL THE VENDORS…….NOW HOW MUCH OF THIS DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND…..grammy 66 PEOPLE GET A GRIP WE
    CAN’T HARDLY AFFORD TO GO AROUND THE BLOCK–LET ALONE FLY TO THE WEST COAST.

  61. Julie on
  62. During the last bail out I do believe that the track owners got part of that money. I understand that they want to run a profitable business but blacking out the races would be the end of the loyal NASCAR fans

  63. Donna on
  64. I can’t believe that they would even consider this…NASCAR fans are the most loyal fans…I look forward to every weekend during racing season to watching all the races, waiting for Dale Jr’s wins…I think they would lose money if they keep on pushing us fans away…WAKE UP PEOPLE…

  65. mick on
  66. I’m borderline anyway! I’ve about had it with Nascar. At 60 years of age, and a devoted fan, I could walk away smiling. I began watching Nascar on black and white TV….maybe it is time I found a new ‘hobby’. Even though I live in California and would be minimally exposed to the concept, this money grabbing, in all forms of racing, is killing the sport. Ever see full stands, hell, even half full – at an Indy race?? Shooting yourself in the foot is a grand way to see the current racing circuit wound itself once again! This is America..a new, and better structure will be born. We will always race, but will Nascar be around??

  67. Joyce on
  68. How stupid can they get the complain that there losing viewers well this is a darn good way to lose more. People on a fixed income can’t afford to buy tickets to these races, is it fair to block them from watching the races on TV? I don’t think so. We’re not all rich like Bruton Smith and a lot of the other track owners. May be football does block viewing for a no sell out but raceing is not football and shouldn’t be run like football. Bruton Smith needs his head examined for even considering it. He’ll find out how many fans stop watching all together if he tries it. But go ahead and see what happens. Then I hope he’s happy with ruining the sport all together. Does he not realize that fixed income and low income families like to watch the races to? So wake up and smell the roses. We’re not all millionaires.

  69. Leila on
  70. Over the years I have spent plenty of money going to the different race track, but now that I am unable to attend due to illness it does not mean I don’t want to still watch racing. All those owners should remember the reason that they can live like FAT CATs now. It is because all of us who are Nascar fans have well paid our dues..What a stupid idea!! The stands have been getting more empty due to all the gouging going on at the tracks.

  71. Ray on
  72. NFL does black out games, we went thru this with the Jaguars. That team and sport lost all my support. If nascar does this then all I can say is adios to Jr. and the rest of the guys. The local tracks appreciate and do all they can to make the events more affordable. Its bad enough having COT’s and drivers arent able to race like the good old days and now this. Mr Smith you are wielding a knife that will back fire. Many fans are tired of all the games and this will push us over the edge I guess we can watch soccer instead.

  73. Tom on
  74. There are thousands of shut-ins and residents in nursing homes that can’t wait for racing season to start..There are even more people that watch the races on TV because they are not physically able to get in the stands and best I can remember there are no handicap accessible bathrooms or ramps provided to get into the seating areas at most tracks…why punish those people that buy the products advertised during the races? Stupid is as stupid does and the farther down the France family tree we go the worse it gets..Lets go back to racing what the manufacturers build..If they no longer make a 2 door or coupe make them run their 4 door stuff..or get out of racing..Honda, Hyundai and numerous others would love replacing the big 3!
    Toyota just bumped GM out of worldwide sales thanks to Joe Gibbs racing.

  75. cy bush on
  76. block me out you have lost a long time fan

  77. Hank on
  78. As far as I’m concerned, blacking out for me, I would watch less and less, so therefore I would loose interest in going to the races. I go to three a year now in my RV. Watching it on TV, because I can’t afford to go to all, then I think if I can’t get excited on the weekends at home, I would probably loose interest as stated above. Stupid move, but he can probably afford it.
    I wish I had the money to go to all races. When I retire in 6yrs I want to spend the first year of retirement touring the country following Nascar. What better way to see most of the us with a stop or two along the way.

    We’ll see,
    ht

  79. Jimmy Clay on
  80. After reading the comments just the thought of doing it is putting a bad taste in everybody’s mouth. Just knowing they are thinking about it turns me off. Don’t really care if I watch another race or not.
    All true race fans have a Saturday night or Sunday ritual (top priority) that they plan so that they can be sitting in front of the tube for the green flag. If its blacked out their plans and priorities will change. Go jump smith! The Sunday after the black out i want be watching either! Change of plans.

  81. Michele on
  82. You have to also remember that in one given Sunday there are 15 + football games on and only one race. Plus depending on the demographics that you live in they play certain games. I you want to watch all 15 games get the NFL channel. You don’t have that with Nascar. One race not 15 games. Plus sell out sometimes means that the track provides a boring race. Not the fault of the fan but who built the race track.

  83. Kim on
  84. Bad idea! I can’t afford to go to the track, that is why I stay home and enjoy a Sunday or a Saturday night watching nascar. This is a good way to screw up the fans… again!!!

  85. Sheila on
  86. I live in the Detroit area and they blacked out the Lions games when they weren’t sold out, but that was a blessing!!!! Blacking out Nascar races is far and away the most inane suggestion I have heard in a long time. Reducing ticket prices to bring people in would be a better idea but not to “advertise” yourself on national TV would not only drive fans but sponsors away and it’s the sponsors who keep the sport going.

  87. Dennis Ives on
  88. That would not be a good idea on nascars’ part,They are already trying to move into prime time and losing a lot of fans because of it now black out say Daytona race because it is not sold out that would about do it. They have already made the racing like a IROC race any way

  89. DOC CAREY on
  90. THIS IS DOC, A DISABLED 79 yr old LIVING IN SOUTH EAST FLORIDA…I WAS AROUND AND HAVING COFFEE WITH ‘BIG BILL’ FRANCE IN THE LATE 40′s WHEN HE AND A FEW OTHERS WERE CONTEMPLATING ORGANIZING N A S C A R; BUILDING THE FIRST SUPER TRACK; AND STARTING A SPORT THAT WE ALL NOW SO LOVE…

    I HAD A BASEMENT APARTMENT ( N HOTLANTA, GEORGIA ) IN THE HOME OF THE GREAT / LATE BOB FLOCK ; WORKED IN THE PITS OF BOTH BOB AND FONTY FLOCK; LUNCHED WITH THE PETTYS IN LEVEL CROSS, NC; AND FAR TO MANY MORE FOND RACEING MEMORYS TO MENTION!!!

    I SAY ALL THIS JUST TO LET ONE VERY LOYAL – AND LONG TIME FAN & SUPPORTER TELL THE RACING WORLD HOW BADLY I FEEL ABOUT THE BLATEN, AROGANT ATTITUDE OF THE VERY PEOPLE WHO STAND TO PROFIT THE MOST FROM OUR SUPPORT!!!

    I AM SURE THAT SMITH, NOR THE DUDES IN DAYTONA, WOULD GREATLY SUFFER FROM MY WITHDRAWAL > BUT THEY SURE AS HELL WOULD FEEL IT IF MANY MORE LOYALS WOULD SPEAK OUT
    EN MASS & PROTEST AGAINST THEIR UTTER STUPIDITY…ANYONE WISHING TO DISCUSS THIS SUBJET WITH ME DIRECTLY, PLEASE DO SO AT: docarey69@netzero.com *==* THANKS FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK MY MIND

    I TRULY BELIEVE HE WOULD FLIP IN HIS CASKET IF HE COUL SEE WHAT HIS BELOVED FAMILY & FRIENDS HAVE DONE WITH NASCAR; THE SPORT IN GENERAL; AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE LOYAL FANS

  91. Smokie on
  92. HAVE YOU LOST YOUR DAMN MIND?

  93. carroll on
  94. I live 30 miles from Daytona & have had top row Daytona Race Tickets for over 25 years. The 2008 Daytona Race was the last one I went to as the Track would not re-new our same seat tickets unless we bought all the weeks races. It has gotten too expensive, and I can’t physically at my age go 3-4 days in a row to attend. This is pure GREED. This year all the seats on super stretch are half price ( I wouldn’t set over there if they were free.) Because fans can’t afford these multi day packages. The July 09 race the super stretch 57,000 seats is not going to be used due to lack of sales. When is NASCAR and the track owners going to wake up. If the owners black out the races it would be the most foolish business decision they ever made.

  95. Diane on
  96. Blackout races…not smart!

  97. Fast Ass on
  98. Go take a hike Bruton!!!!!!!!!

  99. TMFeger on
  100. If track owners are smart they will get with local business leaders and work out complete package of motel, and race ticket, plus have inexpensive food available at the track. This would draw fans. The product has to equal the cost, or most people will not participate. Live in ear shot of Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Hear the races, and practices. I might attend a Nationwide Race, but go sit in the hot sun and brave impossible traffic for 6 hours …no, no,no! I have a radio. I followed racing on it before TV. Many times I listen to the race on radio because the TV producers are more interested in everything else except the race. Go ahead Bruton. Do you thing!

    Here we go again, more money for the already rich and screw the people that made them that way. It never ends as far as I can tell. The fans spend more money every year in some form or another, going to races, die-cast, hats , shirts, etc. and now they want to blackout the locals. Doesn’t Mr. Burton think if we could afford it we would be at the tracks, wake up before its to late.
    Ray

  101. Buck on
  102. To me it looks like every race is filled up now. Looks lke they would have to add seats to get more people in there to see the race. That just shows what BS thinks of the fans. $$$$$$$$$$

    WHAT A DUMB IDEA. HEY U DRIVE FROM WISC TO ATLANTA I KNOW I USED TO LIVE THERE AND THEN A MOTEL ROOM. BUILD A TRACK UP IN WISC I WILL GO. MY LOCAL TRACKS NEED HELP THEY GIVE US GOOD RACING IT IS $10.00 TO GET IN SEE MANY CLASSES WE HAVE LATE MODELS. WITH ARE INCOMES AND GAS AND ALL IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GO ATLANTA OR ANY OTHER RACE TRACK. IT IS A RICH MAN SPORTS. JUST LIKE GOLF $40.00 TO GO HIT 18 HOLES. I HAVE BEEN TO ACOUPLE TRUCK RACES AT $75.00 HIT. U ARE DUMB U KNOW U ARE DUMB BUT THE RICH RUN THE WORLD GO AHEAD BE A JERK.

    I have been going to every race since the track opended in Fort Worth, but my physical disability has gotten to the point I just can’t do it anymore. Blackout the race and you will loose another diehard fan.

  103. Barb Smith on
  104. I also will be really angry if they would blackout the races from TV. I have been a fan for 25 years and have only afforded a trip to a track once. We had to save for an entire year to do it; it’s not like there is a track just down the street. PLEASE don’t block the tv showing the races for us, it would really ruin our sundays around here.

  105. nashtater on
  106. THAT WOULD BE BULL ALL PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL ALL OVER THE US TO SEE A RACE EVERYONE IS NOT RICH AND CAN NOT JUST TAKE TIME FROM THEIR JOB AND GO

    I agree completely …if dedicated fans cannot afford to go to the track to see the race and they can’t see it on TV then sure they may become disinterested and kinda feel betrayed by the very thing they supported (for many fans for many years ) In this time where the economy is so bad so many are losing their jobs, their homes, their vehicles, virtually everything and maybe in the past they supported NASCAR even though it was hard for some of them… but, because they are dedicated fans they got tickets anyway and it was perhaps the only thing they enjoyed and splurged on for themselves because they are dedicated fans! But, when these same people are faced with more hardships and their families are suffering because it is hard to even put food on the table or buy gas to even go to work ….I see it very unfair for NASCAR to think being a bully to these people to make them buy tickets if they want to see the race is totally wrong!!! These people would buy tickets if at all possible and NASCAR should know and realize this!!!….It is just very difficult now for some families to even do what is absolutely necessary for their families to survive…it is hard to even buy food and medical needs. I am single and I know even working multiple jobs I have had a great deal of difficulty to just make ends meet…so, I know a family is having even more difficulty. NASCAR is just adding more pain and stress to an already hurting fan. When the economy was better they were always there for NASCAR and now when they are down NASCAR is going to hurt them more?? Adding hurt to injury is not very good, in my opinion… It would seem to me they would try to make better friends with their faithful fans and do something nice for them!! Just my opinion, of course,….. Remember NASCAR that fans show their appreciation in more ways than one by buying NASCAR related merchandise and showing the world they are a fan…umm advertisement for you NASCAR …people see all this NASCAR related stuff around they want it too and become interested by all of us talking NASCAR and showing off our gear :-)….and, fans do buy tickets even when it is tough…but, right now times are more than just tough and you know it!!!! Don’t be a bully …be a hero!!
    Take care everyone… Janis

  107. Betty Allen on
  108. Suck it up Burton, has the bank failures and Wall Street not taught you anything! Write it off your taxes as a loss, you’ll come out better.

  109. Donna on
  110. THIS IS PURE BULL !!!!
    SOME OF US CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL.
    BUT TRULY LOVE NASCAR ON TV.

  111. Christy on
  112. I think that blacking out these events will only push people away. I also think that Bruton smith, the man that owns half of the 44 race tracks is being unreasonable, isn’t he rich enough? Us little people have to live payday to payday, yet we buy the nascar appairial to support our drivers. I don’t know that I would completely stop watching, Nascar is my life on Sundays. I have 3 boys and a little girl ranging from 17 to 2 and they know when mom’s watching Nascar they are on their best behavior.

  113. Rocky Road on
  114. That would be worse than Humpy Wheelers bump at Charlotte

  115. Dwight on
  116. PLUM Stupid TO THANK ABOUT IT>

  117. bob on
  118. NASCAR, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY NOT THE FANS. ITS LIKE DARLINGTION RACE ITS SOLD OUT EVER SENTS IT WENT TO CALAFORA SO ESTAD OF BRING IT BACK THEY SEND IT TO ALTANTA WELL MAYBE THEY WILL GO FOR THE PEOPLE. AND MAYBE THELL BRING THE PRICES DOWN. ANYWAY THERE NOT GOING TO DO ANY OF THAT. ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY.

    I love Nascar, but if they black it out, along with all the other things they have done, I`m through. Bristol use to be so much fun, but last year was a dud. Bring back the old car that slides around like a dirt track car. Thats racing.

  119. Dave Robinson, Sr. on
  120. Here’s a flash for you, Bruton – I’m retired and find it vey hard to visit my 2 favorite tracks, each yer. As it is, I suspect I will have to “scratch” one of these trips because of the economy. You, or any other “promoter” blacks out ANY of the tracks, well – I guess you can guess what comes next. Homestead, Miami, and Dover will never receive another cent from me either from ticket sales or from mechandise, of which I take home copious amounts each year. AND this stands for ALL NASCAR tracks! I have been such a big fan for many years that I can, probably, tell you how many times a given driver or crew chief farts each day. Black ‘em out, and I suffer selective amnesia and turn my attention to Women’s Beach Volleyball! I get the vibe that this isn’t an isolated feeling among the fans. Your move, my fine unfeathered friend!

  121. Natalie on
  122. Bad Idea. I live 2 hours from Louden and go twice a year at a cost of $2000.00 for room, parking, tickets, food. I am not doing it again this year due to the economy. If they black it out, I will Black Out Nascar and that will be the end of my interest in Nascar Racing…….
    I am sure alot of people feel the same way…..

  123. Diane on
  124. I have to agree with everyone, I live in Texas and have never been to a race because of the cost. I know alot of people can and do go to alot of races cause they can afford them but people like me have to relie on the different channels to bring it. SO yeah they would really lose alot of fans and I dont think the drivers would like it either.

  125. Cin on
  126. Mr. Bruton Smith,
    This breaks my heart.

    So let’s see how this will work.. no TV = no fans = no sponsors = no drivers = no money for any of you. Smart thinking..why don’t you just shoot your foot now and get it over with!
    I will be meeting you at high noon at the end of the bankruptcy courts/unemployment lines..I will be with the rest of the poor schmucks that are just trying to make it these days. I guess you need to be brought down to your knees to see that greed gets you no where but penny-less and empty. You know in your heart that this isn’t the right thing to do. Haven’t enough jobs been lost?
    Be happy that you have money in lining your pocket now.. most of us don’t.
    I won a trip to YOUR Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Oct 2007.. it was one of the best times of my life. I will never forget it and I am so very thankful. It was a ONCE in a lifetime experience. There is nothing in this world for a Nascar fan than the race cars engines rumbling in your chest as they race by.. and the wind in your hair. I would be at every single race if I could. But, all I have now is TV. I am grateful for that.. don’t take that away.
    You are making this California gal that loves loud engines, fat tires and fast race cars beg on behalf of the Nascar fans, sponsors and race car drivers.
    But if that is what it takes to change your mind.. so be it. I can not sit by and do nothing.

    GO Jimmie Johnson.. You ROCK! Go for 4!

  127. Janet on
  128. I do not think that its not a good idea to BLACK OUT RACES, because with the economy the
    way it is now, alot of people cannot afford to go and get races tickets. Plus there is people like me that has never been to a nascar race, because I never have had a way to get there, and the only way I get to watch the races is on television,please do not black them I have been
    a fan for over 25 yrs and do not want to loose watching my favorite sport.

  129. CAL on
  130. I don’t see how they can compare NASCAR to the NFL. A black out works in the NFL because a team is affiliated with the City it plays in. None of the Nascar teams are affiliated with any one City. Sure they may have their Garages in different cities, but they do not represent that City on race day. Bad IDEA NASCAR, get your head out of your pocket book and let fans enjoy your sport. If you keep trying to fix things for the almighty Buck, you will fix youself right of business. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  131. sassy on
  132. I think ever one is jumping to fast here. I don’t think they are saying all will be blacked out. Only the local viewing area.
    That’s the way it is with most sports. I just have to go see the game or wait till it shows later that night. no biggie. I also feel if the Football and Basketball can do it why not Nascar.

  133. Diane on
  134. When a few people own all the tracks they think they are God. I live in Canada. For years we go to races all over. Last year 2 in Michigan, Martinsvile, Phoenix, Daytona & Bristol. Have also in other years been to Charlotte, Atlanta & Taledega & Homestead. Now because of the economy we will not be attending any races. I think he needs to open his eyes & realize that its us common folk who pay the dues without each & everyone of us he would have no racing. I think all the drivers should be made aware of this crap & see how they feel if we all stop going to races. I live week to week for racing but I may just stick to our local Saturday night dirt track for $15. & the heck with Bruton Smith & the likes of hom.

  135. Nancy on
  136. If I couldn’t watch every race and keep up with who’s doing what, I would quit watching all the races. I am a senior and I’m not driving out East to satisfy a money hungrey man.

  137. gary on
  138. go ahead smith nascar has just about washed all the fans up aney if they start blacking out the races i will stop going to any races any where.i go to all the races at taladagea ever year and i will turn all my seats.I thank bruton smith has lost it he neads to get humpey wheeler back.I will start going fishing.

  139. Shelly on
  140. Looking at “all” the comments here, I haven’t read one message that was “for” blacking out any race. Every message was BAD!! Now, what part of this don’t you understand? People have told you about the cost, disablities and the long travel. We all like Nascar, but not with the thoughts you have about blacking it out. Hey Smith, why don’t you try it for “just” one race and see where you end up at. If I were you, I would think twice about this. I sure hope you read all these comments first. And if you think that is what you need to do…I wish you the best of luck, getting those fans back!!! The ball is in your court…now….

  141. MrDuffy on
  142. R.I.P. nascar.
    Been disliking those NASCRATS more and more on a daily basis.
    Bye, nascar. Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.
    Drivers and owners need to start their own league without all your crap.

  143. Peggy Claywell on
  144. I would try to forget about Nascar, and I never miss a race. I live in Kentucky and there is no tracks close by that I can travel to.

  145. Greg on
  146. I can’t leave the comment I would like to. It wouldn’t be allowed. Sounds like Smith is getting a little greedy to me. I guess you can do that when you are a billionaire and don’t care about the people that helped you make it.

  147. e. graybeal on
  148. After Dale Sr. died, I’m just hanging on as a Nascar fan, so go ahead BS black it out. see ya!!

  149. harry kimmey on
  150. along with overpaid drivers and right on down the line. nascar has ruined stock car racing with all the rules. the drivers do more riding arround than racing. i have raced, and been a fan of racing for 55 years. i could name drivers that were drivers not the puppets you have today. told what they can do and when and how. bring in the robbie gordons and lets race again. money root of all eviel. hope you lose out and dirt tracks come back.

  151. Smokie on
  152. Whos stupid idea was that? You better go back to some of the tapes you have and look at the stands where the fans sit. I was at the Dega race and I sat on the front stretch and from where I was sitting across the track was half EMPTY. So go ahead and black out nascar and you will find more and more empty seats. Some people can not go to the races and they have no other choice but to watch it on the tube.So go ahaed with your GREEDY self and take that from us to!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  153. Susan Coley on
  154. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!! Does Bruton Smith KNOW HOW MANY FAN”S watch the race via television!!! I live in GA, so yea, I could drive down to the Speedway which is about an hour or so from here and pay to get in and watch the race. I would LOVE to, but yes, in these economic time’s, it’s hard to keep up what you have to pay, some luxeries have to go and I DONOT want to see my Hometrack Race blacked out nor do I want to see it blacked out ANYWHERE!!! We are LOYAL NASCAR FAN’S out here in t.v. land, come on!!!! DON”T DO IT!!

  155. Carol on
  156. Without TV, the sport is nothing. TV is how the sponsors & advertisers get their value.
    Bruton Smith is an idiot.

  157. ShesLaughin on
  158. DID SOMEONE FALL OUT OF BED AND BUMP THEIR HEAD. WHO TAKES THE CREDIT FOR THIS SUDDEN LAPSE OF SENSE. HERE;S A BIG DOSE OF “THINK AGAIN”.
    NO RACES ON SUNDAY. NOT AN OPTION. NASCAR CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE THOSE FANS AND THEY WILL. THOSE RACES LEADING UP TO THE ONE COMING NEAR YOU, IS A MUST. iT TOOK NASCAR ALONG TIME TO EARN THE COVERAGE IT HAS. LET IT BE. DON’T THEY HAVE ENOUGH TO MESS WITH…..RULES, CARS PARTS AN PIECES, THE GIVING AND TAKING AWAY OF POINTS, ATTITUDES AND TEMPERMENTS. :0) lEAVE OUR TV ALONE. PLEASE

  159. ShesLaughin on
  160. Blacking out races would only piss me off. Enough NOT to go to the track. In these times when so many are financially struggling, This is not the time to pull your “I’m Filthy Rich, and Need More Money” card out. I thought you were suppose to share with those who aren’t as fortunate, not take away. Your thinking dollars and no body has any right now LOL. We will be more likely to came to the track when we can afford it because we had it when times were tough, you take it away now, you will BITE ME before I give you my business again when I can afford it.

  161. Joanne on
  162. I’m a Canadian fan, and I dont have the means to go to every race, I go to Daytona, and other tracks but to blackout the races would be devasting, and yes not because I want too, but would most likely loose interest. Is there something the fans can do to stop this?

    Joanne

  163. ginny on
  164. Iam on oxygen and can’t go the races.Ilive for nascar and now you want to black it out. Get with the real world, Keep the fans you now have.

  165. Patti on
  166. HEY why not give the tickets away – that way all the seats would be filled up and you can make money on beer, soda and food. They will probably start to charge to use the toilets. Remember when you use to pay 10 cents for a toilet and 25cents to use the bigger one. That will probably start to come back so nascar can really screw with the fans. I live in Florida – can make daytona in 2 hours and Homestead in 6 – its a large state – but with the prices of gas and tickets – its hard to make it to both of the races – might have to cut one out. You keep on cutting and people will move on to a different sport!! Watch out nascar – Fans are falling

  167. Danny Higgins on
  168. nascar in the early years wanted so bad to become as popular as pro football and wanted to be on television,now with the economy the way it is they want to try and force it’s fans to spend money when people are trying to make ends meet,if they do this they will alienate some of it’s fans which i don’t think is a smart thing to do..

  169. Greg on
  170. Listen…You guys are on the edge of completely screwing up a great sport. If you start pushing us around like that…we will simply quit watching your garbage COT cars go around in circles like watching the freeway. Fix the damn cars and people will come see them run. Dont blame the fans. Also..get rid of the monopoly the Goodyear has on the sport. The are getting fat and lazy. The quality and consistencey are gone. We hate watchingour favorite driver go into the wall after blowing tires time after time. Stop blaming the fans dammit!!!!

  171. Jeff in Dayton,Ohio on
  172. First off I think the track owners are all greedy.I think Darrell Waltrip should be made our Commissioner of Nascar.DW has done more for Nascar than anybody.Like or dislike DW is very smart about racing.Get rid of the COT let”s go back to real racing.Make Jeff Burton Nascar”s Design TECH on safety an quit crying.I’m sure now that Bruton Smith owns KY. Speedway Nascar will be there because of his money and threats about taking dates away.

  173. SHANNON VOLEK on
  174. YOU CAN’T COMPARE NASCAR AND THE NFL. THERE IS THE AFC AND THE NFC AND WITHIN THOSE COFERENCES THERE ARE SEVERAL TEAMS. IF ONE STADIUM IS NO SOLD OUT THEY CAN EASILY SHOW ANOTHER GAME, THIS WILL KEEP PEOPLES INTEREST. IN NASCAR ALL 43 DRIVERS ARE DRIVING ON THE SAME TRACK AT THE SAME TIME. IF YOU BLACK OUT ONE RACE BECAUSE THE TRACK ISN’T SOLD OUT, THERE ARE NO OTHER RACES TO TURN TO AND WATCH. I AM SO TIRED OF RICH PEOPLE BEING SO GREEDY. IF YOU ARE A TRACK OWNER YOU ARE STILL MAKING A PROFIT EVEN IF THERE ARE SOME SEATS UNFILLED!!! BLACKING OUT NASCAR RACES FOR THIS REASON WILL ONLY UPSET FANS AND THEY WILL RETALIATE BY NOT GOING TO OTHER TRACKS OR WATCHING PERIOD. GET A GRIP ON REALITY BS, NOT EVERYONE IS RICH LIKE YOU!!!!

  175. june patton on
  176. I cannot believe the thought even came up,except for GREED, I’m 71, love Nasscar, Love Dale Jr. I’ve never been to a race, but want to before I die. Sunday here in this little town is Nascar day. With the economy so bad, why do they think we all would go to a race??? Let the race car drivers have a say on this, bet Smith would get an ear full.

  177. LeAnn on
  178. blackout … ha! Maybe if the tickets were a bit more economically friendly people would have the extra to travel to see the race. I live in Ohio so going to a race is always a travel for us. We did attend 5 races last year but that was only because we were able to take some tickets off a peoples hands at a discount price. Just to travel to our nearest track (Michigan) is a 3+ hour drive. So let’s punish those who live so far away and not even televise the races. There is no doubt about NASCAR and race track owners you will lose fans by the thousands!!!

  179. Karen on
  180. Bruton Smith is a greedy, manipulative idiot who has money to burn. I live on the East Coast and go to races in Laconia New Hampshire every chance I get. Given the economy, he should realize that there’s not as much money to spend on unnecessary items so people can take care of their families, something I am sure he has no reason to worry about. If this blackout of races does happen, I will be forced to discontinue my participation in NASCAR events all together. I grew up with stock car racing because my Dad raced locally when I was very young and it is just something my whole family loves still, to this day. It will absolutely break my heart, but I will boycott NASCAR. Ticket blackmail simply isn’t the answer.

  181. SCOTT GIBB - 24 FAN FOREVER on
  182. WELL I LIVE IN CALIF. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR I WILL BE GOING TO 2 RACES HERE IN CALIF. IF BRUTON SMITH BLACKS OUT THE RACES I GUSS I WILL FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO AND THAY WILL LOSE ONE MORE FAN I HAVE BEEN A FAN WHEN TV WAS BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE WITH ALL THE MONY DON’T CARE ABOUT THE LITTLE GUY HOW DO THAY THINK THAY GOT ALL THEIR MONEY FROM US.

  183. Chevy_jr88 on
  184. WELL I GO TO 2 RACES A YEAR. WITH $$ THE WAY IT IS I MIGHT JUST GO TO 1 OR EVEN NONE.

    IF THEY BLACK IT OUT I WILL STOP WATCHING THE SPORT !!!! I BEEN THRU THINK AND THIN WITH THE SPORT. I LOVED IT FROM THE BEGINNING.
    I REALLY DON’T THINK THAT BRUTON WILL WIN THIS ONE.
    UNLIKE FOOTBALL THERE IS ONLY ONE RACE EACH WEEK ( CUP ) SO TRY AND BLCK IT OUT AND U WILL LOOSE THE FAN BASE U WORKED SO HARD 2 GET !!!!!!!!!!

    A blackout will only hurt the situation even more. We all are creatures of habit and if these races are blacked out then you will lose a fan base that will be gone forever. Mr. Burton, wake up and smell the roses. You are not only hurting the fans but yourself as well. If you are such a good business man then think with your head and not your pocketbook. The entire country is in this together, so instead of a blackout, lower your prices and make it affordable for everyone.

  185. Greg on
  186. Bruton Smith is like the stupid dog that chews off the owners hand to get to the biscuit that it is holding….I don’t think there will be any more biscuits anywhere near that dog.Giving incentives instead of punishment works much better. Why not give the locals a price break on certain seats to lure them back to the track at a reasonable cost?? Use a lure not a ball bat to catch a lunker!!

  187. tcbpat88 on
  188. If they do this then it’s up to the FANS to stop NASCAR & OWNERS. PICK A TRACK AND DONT GO TO THAT RACE “NO ONE GO” do this a couple times or more a year. Write your drivers & the owners let them know how the fans feel about this crazy idea. REMEMBER WE ARE WHY NASCAR IS WHAT IT IS TODAY,AND THE DRIVERS HAVE JOB”S, DONT BUY EVERYTHING THAT HAS OUR DRIVER ON IT. STOP IT BEFORE IT GETS STARTED. JUST SAY “NO” WE WONT GO. NO MORE RACE’S NO MORE TRACK’S NO MORE ANYTHING TO DO WITH NASCAR. How long would it take? It would be hard on us but they would loss BILLIONS. Remember MONEY TALK’S.

  189. Big Daddy on
  190. what gets me is if they were to black out local channels , then what r the satelite companies gonna do, like if u purchase nascar hot pass and u blackout local channels for when racin on abc or nbc and im payin to watch on tv i think i would have to cancel my sub to directv or to dish i think its completely wrong for nascar to do something as stupid as this, if they do black out channels i guess i will no longer b watchin nascar which i have watched for yrs, and yes i have been to pocono race track and was awesome, but like everyone else due to economy its jus not possible to make it to the tracks.id so like to go to a daytona race, but tixs cost 5 g’s or better and as far as i kno i neva seem to have that kinda cash just layin around, and if i did tixs for the 500 r sold out……… i kno for a fact tixs for any future daytona 500 race r sold out yrs in advance..i betcha if dale sr was alive today this shit with nascar wouldnt b happening……….. SO NASCAR NEEDS TO RETHINK THIS ONE….cuz u might lose more then u think

    not a very intellegent idea . i watch every nascar race and go to 1 or 2 a year. i know that i cant afford to go to every race. somebody must be making money from something to think of this stupid idea.

  191. marcel on
  192. I live in Guelph, Ontario, Watch Nascar for 30 + years. I have to agree with the responses I have read. Glad to see fans out there not happy. As fans of Nascar racing , we need to do all we can to tell Nascar and the Networks that we are fed up with the way they are treating use.

    HEY BRAIN DEAD BRUTON. WELL COME ON OUT IN THE REAL WORLD. LETS GET YA A JOB MAKING $15.00 A HOUR AND LIVE LIKE THE REST OF US. TAKE AWAY YOUR FLEET OF TRUCKS,CARS, PLANES HOMES AND ETC. IF MONEY MAKES U THAT STUPID I AM GLAD I AM NOT U. ALL U THINK OF IS MONEY. U SHOULD THINK OF THE PEOPLE THAT WATCH YOUR RACES WE DONT HAVE MILLOIONS IF I DID I WOULD BE AT YOUR RACE TRACKS FOR EVERY RACE. NO I GOT TO SET HOME AND WATCH IN ON MY SMALL TV. BUT IF U WOULD SEND OUT ONE OF YOUR JETS OR CHOPPERS TO PICK ME UP I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A RACE IN PERSON. U SPEND MORE IN FUEL FOR YOUR PLANE IN A MONTH THEN I MAKE IN A YEAR. IF U ARE HURTING FOR MONEY SELL ACOUPLE OF PLANES AND DRIVE A 1998 CAR LIKE ME. GO RENT YA HOUSE FOR $500 A MONTH SELL YOUR MULTI MILLION DOLLAR HOME PAY YOUR BILLS SEE HOW MANY RACES U GO TO IN A YEAR.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY MONEY MAKES U SO GREETY U DONT THINK OF NOBODY BUT YOURSELF. MAYBE NASCAR SHOULD STOP RACING AT YOUR TRACKS IF U ARE SO UNHAPPY THE WAY IT IS. INSTEAD OF TAKING IT AWAY FROM US TAKE IT AWAY FROM U. HOW WOULD U FEEL ON RACE DAY TO BE THE ONLY ONE THERE WELL U WOULD FEEL LIKE US NO RACE. MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GET TOGETHER AND NO ONE SHOULD SHOW UP ON RACE DAY SEE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE NOTHING LIKE U WANT US TO HAVE. PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF IT AND GET WITH THE SHOW. ARE U A GOVERMENT OFFICAL TAKE FROM THE POOR. ONLY THINK OF YOURSELF. I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT WHAT GOOD WOULD IT DO WHEN TRYING TO TALK SOMEONE THATS BRAIN DEAD.ALL I CAN SAY IS IF HE GETS HIS WAY DONT GO TO HIS RACE TRACKS THAT WEEK END GO TO A NHRA DRAG RACE SHOW HIM WE CAN DO SOMETHING ELES WE DONT NEED HIM….

  193. Dave on
  194. This is just another way for a track owner ot make money. I live 15 miles from Dega, and my son and I go to the fall race every year. Our 3 day package cost over $400.00 and I don’t have the food, gas, lodging expenses as I live so close. How about the folks who do not live so close? They would be just plain screwed and there is no other way to put it! If he can’t make a go of it, maybe he should sell his track to someone who knows how to run a business!

  195. Paula Woods on
  196. Stupid idea, to many fans can’t afford tickets to go to the actual races.

    It would be a kick in the can for localized people as well, don’t local people have to pay extra taxes cause there is a track in their town/city?, but no it’s what I understand of the article, it won’t effect the people who live long distances away from tracks.

  197. Vanessa on
  198. I would’nt go to the race. I try to go to a couple of races a year. That’s all I can afford. If they black them out on TV I would probably lose interest.

  199. sharon on
  200. I live about 5 miles from Bristol and my son lives behind the track.If they starting blackout at Bristol or any other race I will quit watching races all together.Live on fixed income.I will start complaining about the noise,traffic if this happens.Also,will boycott all the other events at the track such as Fantasy in Lights which my family attends 2 to 3 times a year but that will stop also if Burton Smith blackouts Bristol or any other races.Used to go when tickets was $25.00 for A side since I was a kid.Attend the event on State street every year which used to be free but now it costs $5.00 but if they blackout races all this will stop and i’ll just go fishing at the lake.

    you know i’ve been a nascar fan since i was 6 yrs old and i have never seen anything like it,i think black out nascar is the most un thinkable thing i have ever heard of. you know with tracks now lowering prices of the tickets,and with the economy the way it is if you go with the the so called black out (maybe some will disagree)but i think you lose fans from the track because your taking away what they love, once they watch it on tv specialy newcomers of the sport they just might go and buy a ticket i think it a BIG MISTAKE!!! for the blackouts. but i’m only one of the fans from acually; the spectator side, and the professional side of the sport. i think you’ll have fans lose interest if you go blackout!!!!

  201. Mary Jo on
  202. Beside the fact that I can not afford the tickets, I would not be able to go because of health reasons. So in short Nascar would be cutting their nose off to spite their face

  203. jkb on
  204. I live in Arizona and go to races @ PIR(2 times a year),Sonoma only twice,LVMS (4 years)& California (4 years).Was going to try to catch Texas this year as i retired in 08 but this BLACKOUT bs has made me decide to put gas into the motorhome & see Alaska & the US instead. I was ready to reorder my LVMS season ticket package but i can use my money better than Bruton Smith & NASCAR!

    HEY WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY TRYING TO DO TO US NOW. DON’T DO THIS TO US. LEAVE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE. THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND IF WE WANT TO GO TO THE RACES OR WATCH IT ON TV ITS UP TO US…. DO NOT BOTHER ARE SPORT WE LOVE AND RESPECT SO MUCH. GO SCREW UP FOOTBALL OR WRESTLING OK, JERKS……..

  205. Kenneth Michael on
  206. I would like to say that i was at the first daytona in 59 so i have been a fan of nascar until Dale sr got killed, and something in me just died to. so i could care less what Bruton smith does, but i do feel bad about the people where it would be blacked out. But Bruton if you want more money quit giving it away to Jesse Jackson.

  207. Bev. on
  208. I and my husband are avid fans of NASCAR, but disabled and unable to attend the track. Please don’t shut us out of our racing enjoyment.

  209. Wanda on
  210. I have a neice and she has 2 girls that are avid fans. The oldest daughter is 13, she lives all things Nascar. She gets very upset when things change, because she is mentally challenged. the youngest is 5, and she is in love with Tony Srewart. The three of them get so excited about the races that I get a kick out of listening to them. I am a fan now because of them. I never watched racing before 2003, So I missed out on Dale Sr. But I now have my favorite drivers and am in on all the trash talk with the rest of all you fans.
    I am an avid football and baseball fan. So if you don’t want me too watch on T.V. So be it! I’ve had a hard time giving up my favorite sports for racing ANYWAY. SO GO AHEAD AND PLAY FOOL. YOUR LOSS MY GAIN! And too there is Drag Racing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  211. MrDuffy on
  212. Hey, Bruton, why don’t you ask for a bail out?
    Then you could make the races FREE and fill your stinking stands.
    Bite me! I’ll be watching movies from now on.

  213. Dale Jr's Angel on
  214. I have been a die hard NASCAR fan since 1973 with my very first race being the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the July race at Chicagoland and the August race at Michigan International Speedway in 2008. I have not been happy at all with a lot of the changes NASCAR has made over the years and certainly do not like the favoritism NASCAR shows some of the drivers. If this money hungry Bruton Smith thinks he is going to be able to black out the races that do not sell out without losing the remaining fan base NASCAR still has, I believe he needs to re-think his decision. I know stupid is as stupid does, but what the hell are you thinking?? Bye NASCAR, it was awesome while it lasted.

  215. Nancy on
  216. I am a racing fan & I live in Kansas. I refuse to be upset by your comment! I have been to Kansas Speedway several times but due to economy’s down turn will not this year – whether it is on TV or not. I have often threatened to stop viewing on TV due to all the commerical breaks at crucial times in the race & some of the stupid remarks by “color commentators” on both major network & Speed. I am a Jr fan & will fullfill my “fix” somehow!

  217. John Gee on
  218. Yeah Bruton Smith is afraid to let go some of those BILLIONS, he’s an idiot sometimes, but for peoples info, I heard the people that live closest to the track will get blacked out…

  219. Hank on
  220. Sounds like Washington DC talking. Damn polticians they sound like. Crazy to even discuss. Not all good old boys can make it to the race. If they black out TV, they will piss a lot of folks and they might just say goodbye to the sport. I wish I could attend all the races. But I can make it to at least two a year and hopefully one more. I can tell you when I’m in my easy chair watch the race before, after and during. I’m thinking about going. But if I can’t watch I might loose interest? Even sitting in my chair it stimulates the economy. I buy extra beer for the weekend, get my tee shirt and hat on and enjoy myself. Dumb dumb

    Hank, see ya at Poconos, Ricmond and Dover

  221. Cathy on
  222. It would be nice to be able to go to the races any time we want to. But that’s about as crazy as the tv blackout idea. Some of have to work, pay bills, and take care of our families. We try to go to Michigan every year, that’s the closest track for us and it’s still almost a 3hr. drive. Ticket prices really aren’t too bad, motels (if you book a year ahead,or can get one) about $200.a night per room and you still drive 30 mi., and camping even in a tent is almost $300 for a family of four (if your kids are small). Food is crazy! But we go because it is our vacation, and we enjoy ourselves, not because we “own” tracks and have all kinds of money to blow. I thought Nascar cared about their fans! Maybe our next vacation should be in Vegas (in the casinos) it might not be quite as much fun, but it may be cheaper.

  223. shirley on
  224. easy 4 me i will quit watching nascar….

  225. mick on
  226. There would be no NASCAR if it wasn’t for TV! But you know what – I’m sick of the crying. If it isn’t a greedy stupid driver, it’s a greedy ignorant track owner. Let’s forget NASCAR and open a new stock car organization…I’m more than ready!!!

  227. Jan on
  228. Stupid idea ))

    That would really be a bad idea. I’d love to go to the local track if I wasn”t disabled and on a fixed income.

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