Im sure I'll hear it but. I think Nascar is going away from what made them. Nascar started as southern man's sport. People that loved fast cars and didn't mind getting there hands dirty.
When I was a kid the lure to Nascar was fast cars , HP, noise and drivers that where real tough guys. They raced Chevy, fords , Pontiac ,Buick and Olds. Cars that everyone owned and you could recognize them.
What type of cars do most people drive nowadays ? The market Nascar is going after is not the typical Chevy, Ford driver or gear head. ( Is there such thing as a gear head anymore?) There new market is more like Toyota, Honda crowd.
Back In the day you'd learn from Nascar. Thing like carburetors,cams,cylinder heads, gear ratios all this you could do to your own hot rod.
Also the Playoffs have taken away the thrill of individual races. I used to remember who won ever race, Winning a Championship was never thought about much till the end of year if it was close.
OT was something that I never thought was needed. We knew the race was over at 500 mile or whatever.
When a caution flew with 4 to go, oh well that was it.
I live right in the heart of Nascar country and it's changed a lot around here in the last 10 years.
You don't see the stickers on cars the hats or t shirts the flags. I'm just looking at it from here in my part of this country. I'll always be a fan but I'm guilty of missing a race or two a year over the last couple.