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NASCAR Must Leave It’s Big 4 Untouched


With the recent news of NASCAR’s new race formats coming out it has many longtime fans having feelings of frustration as once again NASCAR has appeared to forget about the hardcore fan and instead cater to the casual fan. Just a few weeks away from NASCAR’s biggest race the Daytona 500 and nobody seems to know what the segments for the race will be, which seems to be creating an uneasy feeling among many. Not only this but NASCAR is abandoning its roots with this rule change and it is going to change the landscape of the sport in a way that many longtime fans may not like. With a move like this being mad you must cater to both fan bases to be sure you don’t completely lose interest from one side of the spectrum.

The main way that this could be done to please both fan bases is to leave the big four races untouched by the new format. Theses races, of course, are the Daytona 500, Coke 600, Brickyard 400, and the Southern 500. One of the main reasons that I look to these race as a way to please both fan bases is because as a hardcore fan of the sport you generally get more excited and invested in races that have more prestige in them. If these races are left untouched, sort of like being sacred to the sport it could please a large amount of the hardcore fan base.

I can see why NASCAR would make a move like this as the sport has been under scrutiny even by some drivers for throwing the occasional “entertainment caution” during races when they remain under green flag for an extended period of time. If they truly do throw these cautions on occasion it is not because they are afraid they are going to lose the hardcore fans on any given week, it is because they want to keep the casual fan tuned in and attempt to get them to tune in the next week. The reason format has been implemented is so there is as much side by side racing as possible and as little spread out green flag racing as possible.

However with the above being said I believe that you cannot completely abandon the roots of the sport. The most watched races of the season are races like the Daytona 500 and people will watch these races just because of the name and the prestige of that particular race. People tune into these races because of how big of an event that it is. You do not need a special format to draw in viewers and that is why NASCAR’s big 4 events must stay untouched and remain with the roots of NASCAR.