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I have been a race fan all of my life. I attended my first Daytona race in 1961 and have gone to numerous races both in Florida, Atlanta, Charlotte and Darlington. I watched with interest as some old time racers created one of the greatest spectator events in the world. We have come a long way since a gas station owner named Bill France conceived the idea for NASCAR. Not certain but I believe NASCAR stands for National association of stock car auto racing.

For the past 20+ years I have recorded all top tier stock car racing on the NASCAR circuit and I have derived much pleasure from watching them leisurely in the days after the race. For many years a group of about 6 or 8 of us attended the qualifying races on Thursday at Daytona before the Daytona 500 on Sunday in early February. For a number of years I enjoyed entering a race pool for all races each year. This practice was widespread among many folks.

Less than 20 years ago many races were sellouts and some were so popular that one had to order tickets months and in some cases such as Bristol, Tenn even years in advance. Time passed and eventually Bill France turned his creation over to Bill France Jr. Now Brian France the grandson of Bill France holds the reins to the whole company. They all have become tremendously wealthy.

Thirty five or so years ago a promoter named Bruton Smith bought the Charlotte N.C. track. Smith grew to rival the France family as he built and purchased other race tracks around the country. Smith has created some of NASCAR's more successful racing venues. Smith had an employee named Humpy Wheeler who was a genius promoter/carney. Unfortunately Smith's son and Humpy had issues and as we all know blood is thicker than water and sadly we lost Wheeler's input.

A while before Wheeler's departure Broadcast Television had arrived and gradually NASCAR started changing as they also started thriving on proceeds of sold advertisement on the Network which was showing the races. There was a three way brawl in the grass as the first broadcast race ended. Suddenly the value of broadcasting a race to fans comfortably seated before their TV sets became worth more financially. NASCAR had the exclusive rights to all Broadcast TV commercials.

Al-tho there are a few tracks that are owner operated almost all races are held at tracks owned by either Bruton Smith or the France family. TV broadcasting has improved to the point that a viewer feels like he is with the car and driver. You simply see more on the television set than you do when you attend the event.

A few years ago there was a huge rush of pride among the NASCAR community when a deal was made with the century old racetrack that became the birthplace of high speed auto racing known as THE BRICKYARD in Indianapolis Indiana. It was a grandiose affair and one by one a number of stock car race-car drivers have now performed the legendary ritual of "kissing the bricks" after winning the BRICKYARD 400.

A couple of weeks ago the 400 at Indy was an embarrassment in my opinion.

Sunday we will see the second of the two road course races this year at Watkins Glenn in the Finger Lakes of New York. It is usually a good broadcast if weather permits.

I realize that I might have misspelled some names and words perhaps but I'll gladly stand corrected.

Respectfully submitted
Jimmy Smith

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OriginalJimmySmith commented on Wednesday, Aug 09, 2017 at 14:33 PM

As I expected the race Sunday on the road course at Watkin's Glen in upstate New York looked like the old days at all tracks on Sunday afternoon.

The infield and the perimeter were both covered in campers and Motor homes as well as the grandstands appeared to be heavily occupied.

It was a great show.

If you read this blog and don't care to post your thoughts let me know how you feel about NASCAR today and I will post your thoughts here without revealing your identity.

My cousin told me last week he would not comment on this site because he didn't want to be called an idiot for watching cars go around in circles.

Well road course racing is anything but running around in circles.

OriginalJimmySmith commented on Friday, Aug 11, 2017 at 19:47 PM

Both Penski Fords on front row for Michigan race Sunday afternoon.

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