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Fans Give Bristol Race Highest Grades of the Season

By admin | March 19, 2013

 Fans who responded to my poll thought the racing in Bristol was the best of the season.

By Richard Allen

This season I have been asking my followers on Twitter and Facebook immediately after each NASCAR Sprint Cup race to offer a grade for that particular event using the traditional scale of A, B, C, D and F. By a wide margin, this past weekend’s Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway has scored the highest marks of the season so far.

The short track action apparently suited both those in attendance and those who watched on television as for the first time in 2013, there were more ‘A’ grades than any other. It has to be particularly rewarding to the track considering that changes were made to the racing surface last summer in an attempt to sooth fans who had been dissatisfied since a 2007 reconfiguration. This is also good news for NASCAR considering that last week’s race in Las Vegas did not receive a single ‘A’ grade from those who offered a score.

A total of 64 fans responded to my less than scientific poll. That is the highest number of respondents since the season opening Daytona 500.

In all, 39 people declared the race to be an ‘A’ on the grade scale. There had only been seven A’s given all together in the previous three events. And to keep with the above average theme, another 20 fans considered the race worthy of a ‘B’ grade.

Only four of those who graded the race gave it a ‘C’. This is important to note due to the fact that the average score had been the most widely distributed grade to this point in the season. One person gave the race a ‘D’ and no one scored it as an ‘F’.

I am keeping the totals throughout the season and will, in typical school teacher fashion, issue a six weeks report card when the time comes. This week certainly boosted NASCAR’s overall GPA. We’ll see if the momentum continues this weekend in California.

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6 Responses to “Fans Give Bristol Race Highest Grades of the Season”

  1. zhills fan Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:45 am

    The race was good but what happened to the crowd. Looked half empty. Remember when you couldn’t get a ticket to Bristol unless you knew someone or someone died and left you one.

  2. midasmicah Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    It was a great race, but I was shocked at the amount of empty seats at Bristol. I gave it an A also.

  3. GinaV24 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    The spring race was always a tougher sell due to the weather but became even more so after the “night” race didn’t live up to fan expectations.

    I still think that NASCAR oversaturated its market and then topped it off with a lousy car (the COT), the new format for deciding who gets the big trophy at the end of 10 races, lots of changes to the types of tracks and pretty poor tv coverage. NASCAR ticked off the core fans, tried to interest the casual fans and wound up with a lot less people caring about the racing in general.

    There are efforts to try and regain some of those losses, but they have a long way to go. The economy does factor in some of these things but most of it is because the sport has lost the connection with the fans. Oh yeah, did I mention that they fine drivers for things they say?

  4. Bill B Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Had I never seen a Bristol race prior to the track reconfiguration I’d have given it an “A” but, since I have, and compared to the first 3 races, I will give Bristol a solid “B”.

    I think the weather forecast probably hurt the attendance a bit. I wouldn’t have taken a chance on driving 8 hours to see a race that, according to the weather forecast, had a slim chance of being rain-free. Now that people know there are open seats I would think a lot of them would make their final decision on the Friday before the race.

    I also agree that a March race in Bristol is not the best date to schedule the race. Although if it were just a matter of temperature, and the chance of rain was 0%, then how is it any worse than an NFL game in Green Bay in December. I mean really, all you have to do is dress appropiately. Are NFL fans that much tougher and dedicated than NASCAR fans? Once again though, if I have to drive 8 hours each way I am probably going to opt for the fall race when the temperatures tend to be warmer.

  5. Bill B Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    BTW, doesn’t Bruton own Texas too? Shouldn’t it be in his power to go to NASCAR and switch those dates? I would think Texas would have a higher probability of warmer temperatures in March than Bristol. A few weeks can make a big difference in the transition from winter to spring.

  6. Tony Geinzer Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I feel the Bristol Breadbowl needs more Bread,namely Money, Rich and obviously, the Luck of the Irish scared off the fans from “The Rose Bowl of Stock Car Auto Racing” and I feel that too, for the Summer Race, couldn’t be actually in Summer,Labor Day and Fall and every series have a 1 Day Show at Bristol? I want to keep things from falling off further,too,Rich.