AD #2349 – NASCAR Looking for Potential Buyers, Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise, New Toyota Highlander Coming Soon

May 8th, 2018 at 11:31am

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0:27 NASCAR Looking for Potential Buyers
1:22 Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise
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26 Comments to “AD #2349 – NASCAR Looking for Potential Buyers, Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise, New Toyota Highlander Coming Soon”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect distracted driving, and especially, distracted walking is a BIG part of the rise in pedestrian fatalities. I frequently see people walking with their face buried in their phone, not a good thing in Walmart parking lots, or near busy streets.

  2. WineGeek Says:

    NASCAR was a fun way to spend a day or a weekend for a family. Then they got greedy and the prices became the gentleman’s sport. Most people could no longer afford to bring the family to the races and the cars became less interesting and less realistic and relatable to many viewers.

    Basically they shot themselves in the foot by making the sport too expensive and too difficult to relate to for the average person.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    NASCAR began to lose me when the cars became more and more alike. I increasingly lost interest when they started wierd stuff, like a “chase,” “playoffs,” and now, scheduled breaks during the races.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    NASCAR woes, began when they turned their backs on the long time fans and abandoned tracks that supported the sport for decades like North Wilkesboro . They were smart enough to put darlington on for at least 1 race. I was at Dover on Sunday. Got my tickets for little over half price their $90 face value. So for 2 tickets I spent $100 and they still charged me $10 to park. Considering what the concessions cost they could have included parking in the ticket price. I’d say the stands were 2/3 full. Unlike the heyday when they had bleachers all the way around the track packed with people. Losing Sr hurt losing Jr has really hurt. What they should be concerned with is where the next batch of team owners is coming from, Penske,Woods Bros, Childress, Roush , Hendrick, Ganassi. Petty are all in the 60s,70s and 80s. That is well over 1/2 the field and all the top teams.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    I forgot to add Gibbs in there also and Visser whose team won it all last year are all well into retirement age. Losing top stars over the last 4 years has hurt big time as well.

  6. Lisk Says:

    The France family has waited too long to unload their now worthless product. Big Bill grew the sport that his heirs have systematically destroyed. NASCAR was never about parity, it was about competition. When you look at all the innovators (OK cheaters) from the 60′s through the 90s, a common thread was formed- “if it isn’t in the rule book, it must be legal”. Now the cars are laser measured (really) and the shocks hand picked from a random set supplied by, you guessed it, NASCAR. There are no front steer, rear steer cars to fit your driving style. You have one.
    Build a better mousetrap? You’re not welcome in NASCAR.
    Now we have playoffs and playoff points. You play the same teams every weekend, 1 on 36 not 1 on 1 like the stick and ball sports where maybe a playoff is a good way to decide who is genuinely the best. Has it worked? Look at the stands. A big box of nopes. Bristol, the former darling of the series in terms of attendance, bad weather aside, I doubt there were 10,000 souls there to watch the race.
    Track owners have to be getting crushed by the lack of attendance, and it can’t all be blamed on ticket prices. It’s the product that circles the tracks. I’m sure the NASCAR sanctioning fees haven’t taken big cuts for these guy that spend millions to try to get back most of those millions invested.
    Smaller tracks, tracks with character and heritage got swept aside when NASCAR grew, only to have the newer tracks be called cookie cutter tracks.
    NASCAR itself is having trouble coming up with a title sponsor for the series. If the Gov’t hadn’t gotten involved, I’m sure RJ Reynolds would still be happy to be throwing money their way, as they did in NHRA and Indycar (CART).
    Had NASCAR been offered up 20 years ago, the word billions would have been mentioned in the selling price. Now I’m thinking tens of millions might be a stretch.

  7. Usefull Says:

    I like to watch racing, but am in what is fast becoming a majority of non-cable watchers. If one network puts one or two races on in the spring, and another network puts a few on at the end of the season, how is that coverage of the sport. That kind of TV coverage has spelled the death knell of other sports. Now, we have network soccer and figure skating seeing more airtime than auto racing. Remember when pro bowling was on every week ?

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Remember IROC (International Race of Champions): well back when they made identical cars and tested the drivers skills, inviting drivers from different venues of racing, well, that worked somewhat and created a diversion from the standard sanctioned racing offerings. Why in the Sam Hill NASCAR decided that’s what people wanted to see every week (using primarily same/NASCAR drivers); I don’t know. But making same like cars and controlling just about every aspect of what you could run, well, that was just another nail in the coffin (at least for me).

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    “Back in the day,” there was a lot of brand fandom, when there were Chevys, Fords, Dodges, Plymouths, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, Mercuries, and the rest. Now, there is probably a little “brand” loyalty with NASCAR fans, but it doesn’t mean much, since the cars are all alike, except for the stickers.

    NASCAR isn’t the only racing series to become less interesting over the years. I following the Indy 500 from when I was a few years old, when there were multiple chassis, and some real characters among the drivers and team owners. The winning engines were all alike through the 50′s and early ’60′s, but it was still much more interesting than now.

  10. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Nascar has become a snooze series. First they kicked out Winston as a sponsor, caved to be pc. Second they turned their back to its country music roots in favor of pop culture music. Third they steered their driver pool to more young non Alabama gang type people. Fourth they abandoned individual stock car design in favor of same for everybody. Fifth they chased out alternate tire companies from participating. Sixth tires too engineered for each race and conditions that showed driver skills to offset having the perfect tire. Seventh rules so strict and defined to eliminate any sneaky advantages, if you ain’t cheatin you ain’t racin. Eighth points racing over winning to earn money in each race versus the end of the year money. Ninth too many penalties for stupid reasons. Tenth some races too long. Eleventh some tracks too big for fans to see most of the track. Twelfth ticket etc prices too high. Thirteenth too many races in a season. I am sure there are many more but Nascar sure has messed it up!

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I found NASCAR interesting in the late 1950′s to 1990″s, but it wasn’t because they encouraged smoking, country music, or recruited drivers with the “old south” image. I liked it because they raced something which resembled real cars, which I could identify with. Also, it seemed that each race was more important than the “championship,” which has become a complete joke.

    It’s understandable that the cars had to change. They were killing too many drivers, and I suspect it would be hard to make today’s most logical stock cars to race, Mustang and Camaro, nearly as safe as what they are now racing. Maybe they could make stock Tahoes and Expeditions reasonably safe to race. Those might appeal to the NASCAR fan base.

  12. XA351GT Says:

    Here is another thing to consider . The cars being used aside from the Camaro don’t exactly make you think of performance cars. When’s the last time you went and checked out that really fast Camry or Fusion. Even when the current style Charger was being used it didn’t really stir much emotion. They had a Camry race/street side by side comparison car at the track. To be honest it is closer to the stock version than anything since 1988.

  13. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    11 I am a non smoker and think its bad for health reasons. They just forced out a sponsor willing to spend the money, now who will spend? I am not a country music fan but again they turned their back to it and southern/moonshiner roots in favor of style who abandoned the sport. The safety aspect can be in every car and still have different sheet metal closer to the production version. I hated to see Dodge leave the sport and wish they would come back and if any other company wanted in say like Honda, come on in! And lets see engines based on what is available in the production version with upgraded components to last for 500 miles. If Chevy wants to use a pushrod 350 great, if Ford wants to use their overhead cam five litre fine and if Dodge was still in and the wanted to use their Hemi I would love it! As long as it is used in the production version sold to customers. And yes if Chevy wanted to run their Tahoe, knock yourself out, but the Camaro would be better.

  14. Len Simpson Says:

    Was lightly involved in a Hemi powered 38 Plymouth coupe , which lost a clutch linkage pin while plowing thru 4 feet of loose sand at the north end of the last race ever run on the beach.
    That was RACING !

  15. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    14 AMEN!

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I hated to see Dodge leave too. They had the only car at the time which was at least the same configuration as the race cars, RWD with a V8. I hope they return.

  17. DonWagner1239 Says:

    Great comments today about NASCAR woes, and all real! Many problems mentioned. Watched the Dover race and the attendance must have been 20% or less. Penalty for tire out of box (but it was caught and not a hazard) idiotic. Loose or missing lug nuts, big fines and key personnel benched (what about the tire changer?). I too hate the phony segments and especially the fanatical attention the announcers have with the playoff format. Matt Kenseth (Roush), without realizing it, ruined the system by winning too many races back “in the day” one year as Darryl says, so they had to shake it up. Richard won 7 championships on points, why was that so bad? Would love to see Penske go back to Dodge and Keselowski back in trucks. Kind of thought Marcione might have done it, but too occupied with Ferrari and Alfa to see the sales potential.

  18. Dan Busch Says:

    Kit Gerhart is correct. I was in a cab a few hours ago which was hit by a distracted pedestrian.

  19. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    It would have glorious with a HEMI under the hood. I remember the 1960′s with Ford vs GM vs Mopar engine wars. Nascar needs to look back decades to save the race series. The days of Junior Johnson, Freddy Lorenzen, Buddy Baker, Richard Petty, Cale Yarbourough, Bobby and Donnie Allison, David Pearson, Benny Parsons, Darrell Waltrip and so on made the sport fun. Now today if they trade a little paint or a little vinyl wrap its a penalty or called to the Nascar office for a dress down. I have watched on You Tube some of the old races and they are more fun and interesting. For years I bought my brother tickets to the race at Pocono but around 1999 he said no thanks because it was becoming dull. Maybe if someone buys the series it will change for the better but I won’t hold my breath.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Several years ago, a local Indy TV showed old Indy 500′s and NASCAR races. Both were great.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s local TV “station.”

  22. XA351GT Says:

    Don Wagner, Kenseth didn’t win too much ,he clinched too soon. He was so consistent that he locked up the championship with many races yet to be run. Also I think this was a knee jerk reaction by NASCAR to Roush finally a championship despite their efforts over the years to prevent it. Wrong brand winning. They evented the Chase and damned if they( Roush ) repeat with Kurt Busch winning the new system. Since then they finessed and twisted the system to put who they wanted running for the title. It was good ink with Jimmy Johnson tieing Earnhardt and Petty with 7 championships ,except if you use the system that they used since the modern era began in 1972 He would have 3 maybe 4 championships at most. Edwards would be a 2 time champ and Gordon would have 6. To be blunt all these changes were for one reason only . To get Dale Jr ( their cash cow) a championship. despite their best and never ending efforts they failed. He never really got close. despite having some of the best equipment out there.

  23. Robert Morrison Says:

    I lost interest when they allowed Toyota into the series.
    Always an American sport should have stayed with American auto companies.
    Very very sad.
    Always great to see the T-bird, Monte Carlos, chargers.
    American engineering at its best. No longer. Sad day.

  24. Jim Thompson Says:

    I traded my 1997 BMW in on a newer one. The A pillar is so wide I have difficulty seeing pedestrians. I think that vehicle safety for roll overs is contributing to pedestrian injuries.

  25. XA351GT Says:

    A lot of people did Robert , but the surprising fact is the Camry is the only BUILT in the US. The Fusion is built in Mexico and the SS
    was built in Australia, I’m not sure where the Camaro is built possibly Canada? With so much of auto manufacturing a global deal there isn’t much that is All-American any more.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The current Camaro is built in Lansing, Michigan. The previous one was built in Canada.

    Yeah, Toyota is now about as “American” as any car company.