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NASCAR’s Problems Started Long Before The Chase Or The Car of Tomorrow

NASCAR, it seems, has begun a long, slow decline. Attendance has dwindled at almost all tracks, and TV ratings have stagnated. It was only a few years ago that NASCAR seemed unstoppable, with record attendance and ratings for a sport featuring some of America's best racers. Now, however, it appears that NASCAR has already peaked and is on its way down.Why?Many blame (legitimately so) the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Traditional fans have been driven away by the new points system, due to its tendency to produce two champions (one under the old system, one under the Chase system). Others blame (also legitimately) the Car of Tomorrow, with its single-file racing, and the "cookie-cutter" tracks of the past decade. These factors have certainly hurt...

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