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Will fans buy tickets for Bristol in 2013?

By admin | August 28, 2012

By Richard Allen

After having had a couple of days now to gain some perspective, I think the time has come to ask the most important question of all regarding this past weekend’s racing at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Whether or not the racing was improved or whether or not fans enjoyed what they saw this time around on the high banked track are not nearly as important to consider as is the question of whether or not fans will buy tickets for the races to be held there next season.

When the track once considered by many to be the most popular on the NASCAR circuit was resurfaced and reconfigured in 2007, attendance declined year after year. With this past March’s Sprint Cup event contested in front of a grandstand that was only half full at best, track ownership had had enough and decided to make changes.

A vote was held on the speedway’s website and 40% of respondents insisted they wanted changes to be made. As a result, track parent company Speedway Motorsports, Inc. set forth with a project to grind down the upper lane of the high banks. That would, it was thought, narrow the racing groove and intensify the competition.

In my opinion, the racing was not that much different from what it had been in recent years. As the race wore on, cars drifted into the high lane that was supposed to have been eliminated. And once drivers found more grip up high, those who attempted to run the bottom took on the look of a car that had pulled out of the draft by itself at Talladega.

What did change this time around was that drivers became more animated and displayed some emotions. Tony Stewart flung a helmet at Matt Kenseth’s car after the two took each other out while racing for the lead. Danica Patrick shook a finger of disapproval at Regan Smith after she was eliminated by a late race crash.

Those type of incidents had been missing from the track and fans had voiced their grievances with the ‘new’ Bristol by not purchasing tickets. But was what occurred this past weekend enough to inspire those who matter most?

So, will you buy tickets for the races at Bristol in 2013?

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10 Responses to “Will fans buy tickets for Bristol in 2013?”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Well the Old Bristol Never Left, Rich and I can at least hope more people can come back to Bristol,Baby!

  2. zhills fan Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 4:20 am

    The economy is the biggest reason for smaller crowds, and it’s universal not just Bristol. As far as Tony and Danica is concerned that was just contrived for the crowd and will not influance fans one way or the other.

  3. Randy Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I was there and something was still missing. Unable to pass on the bottom alot of drivers voiced displeasure over tha t inability. Work still needs to be done to bring the bottom groove into play. You can only watch a train go by for so long until you become bored.

  4. JT Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I noticed there were many 2-tire stops last Saturday. I still think the tire compounds are too hard. Soften them up (especially the right sides) and the upper and lower lanes will be more even.

  5. Ken Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    There was a little excitement this year because it was new to the drivers. Next year, it will be old hat and we will again get to watch them go round and round and round and round with nothing happening. Attendance will be back to the way it was last year.

  6. holdin5aces Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I never watch a race live anymore. I judge the quality of the race with my DVR remote. If I fall asleep at lap 100 wake up a 100 laps later, and don’t rewind the vote is in. I didn’t fall asleep this time. But I did check my email, start a pot of chili, take a shower, and clip my nails during the replay. And didn’t rewind.

  7. Doug Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Danica is the only draw for me now. I admire two women for the fact that everyone makes fun of them, everyone puts them down. Everyone says that can’t do what they are doing…Yet Danica still shows up every weekend and tries her best and Demi Lovato still writes the song and stands up in front of people and sings it.

  8. midasmicah Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    No matter how much work Smith does to the track, there is one thing he can’t do. He can’t make the drivers’ mix it up and actually race. It all comes down to the stupid chase. The first 26 races (with a couple of exceptions) have become known for not racing hard to stay in contention for the “play-offs”, As long as the chase is around, don’t expect anything to change.

  9. GinaV24 Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I am not buying tickets to many races. The chase and the ugly spec car has made the racing much less fun to watch.

    At home I can get other things done when the racing is a parade. I can’t do that when I’m at the track.

  10. blair menzies Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    my wife & i will be travelling to bristol for the aug. race next year. this will be our last race for sometime..and i hope it turns into the slugfest that we recently witnessed.