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2011 Brickyard 400: What Happened to the Excitement Surrounding the Brickyard?

2011 Brickyard 400 Discusses What Happened to Excitement at Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayWhen the Brickyard 400 first took place in 1994 the ticket was a bigger one than the Daytona 500 and even the Indianapolis 500, but just 17 years later it has lost much of the glamour surrounding the race.Bruce Martin who covers NASCAR for Sports Illustrated spoke about what happened at the Brickyard,The novelty of NASCAR at Indianapolis began to wear off. Combined with the brutally hot weather that hits the capital city of Indiana this time of year, many fans decided to stay home. Also, with NASCAR's new television contract with NBC, the race was no longer blacked out in Indianapolis as of 2001, so many fans decided to watch it from the comfort of a...

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