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November 16, 2007

NASCAR: Final Nextel Cup Season Ends

Despite the fact that there are only 86 points separating the top two drivers in the Cup Series, this year’s Chase has, much like the regular season, been a snoozer.

Jimmy Johnson only has to finish 18th or higher to clinch the championship, no matter where Jeff Gordon finishes. So, will he race for five wins in a row or two championships in a row? Is it really good for the sport for one driver to win almost one third of the races? Or one team owner to win half of the races?

I get less interested in NASCAR each week. Apparently, I’m not alone. For the third year in a row, TV ratings for NASCAR are down. I think NASCAR confused the ratings bump they got from Dale Earnhardt’s death in early 2001 with actual fan interest. They must have thought that their new TV package was bringing in the viewers, when it fact it looks like people were watching just to see who would be the next fatality.

NASCAR just can’t seem to find a national audience. Maybe that’s why they’re thinking of “going green.” There are reports that they’re looking at E85 fuel, which is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. This from the sanctioning body that just recently stopped using leaded fuel.

I don’t have any idea why NASCAR thinks using an ethanol-based fuel will be a good idea. From a technical standpoint, there’s no need. E85 fuel results in lower gas mileage, which would be a nightmare for crew chiefs. From a “green” standpoint, I don’t think race cars emit enough cumulative “green house gas” to make a big difference, even if you do buy into the global warming theory. I can only conclude that NASCAR is doing this for PR purposes.

Speaking of boring championships, the Busch Series this year was a virtual repeat of last year, with the champion being a Cup driver and being crowned several races before the end of the season. I can’t think of any better way to ruin a series.

I doubt I’ll be watching much of the Homestead races. With the Truck Series on SpeedTV, I never can remember to tune in. And why should I watch “Cup Lite” on Saturday? I’ll probably check in periodically to see the status of the Cup race just to see what’s going on.

On a final note, if Google buys Sprint as rumored, will NASCAR fans put up with another name change? And will they tune in to watch Google Cup races?

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