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GulfCoastOutlaw
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Member since Feb 2021
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20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
Maybe the worst day in sports history.

NASCAR has been slowly dying since about 2006.

They left what built NASCAR the southeast.

No true superstars any more.
In the early to mid 90's Earnhardt made up some years 70% of merchandise sales the other 40 plus drivers only 30%.


kingbob
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
NASCAR basically put on a clinic for how to lose a fanbase from 2005-2015.


TigerLunatik
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.


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OrangeEmpire
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
It's one of those interesting what ifs if he had survived.

At a later race Jeff Gordon was involved in a similar crash and how things could have turned out if Gordon had been the one that passed away.


WG_Dawg
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
What SEC school did he attend?


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Lemonpuppy
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
Isn’t NASCAR racist now?

That’s what the news told me and I trust the news with all my heart.


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Adam4LSU
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
Nascar is shitty racing..

Downvote away


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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
Wow, we’re old as shite.


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Lonnie Utah
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
First off, wrong board.

Second, I'm a big NASCAR fan and went to my first race in the 1970's. Earnhardt was my guy and I wept after he passed. (I knew the moment he hit it (from the angle he took up into the wall) was a bad impact and that he was in trouble.)

Ironically, last year, even with COVID, it was one of the best Nascar seasons in history. Basically, they were the only sports game in town. After missing many weeks to the lock down, the sport had to get really creative to get all of the races in. I think they did a magnificent job. That parleyed them into this season.

For the first time in a very long time, this season has the potential for us to see something new and exciting. From racing on dirt a Bristol, to the Circuit of the Americas, double headers at Texas and Pocono, multiple road course, Darlington twice, etc, etc this sets up to be one of the most interesting NASCAR seasons in history.


TigerLunatik
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.


"Come back in an hour. You won't miss a fricking thing."


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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
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NASCAR basically put on a clinic for how to lose a fanbase from 2005-2015.



They really did. I used to watch most races. Even went to Talladega a few times. The Car of Tomorrow, the whole playoff and changing rules year to year. Too many 1.5 mile ovals. Trying to police the drivers too much. There are maybe a handful of drivers I could even name right now. 10-15 years ago I could probably tell you at least 30 drivers and how they were doing.


Leto II
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
Wrong board, buttfricking retard.


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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
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how things could have turned out if Gordon had been the one that passed away.

Weird thing to say


Poker Dough
Auburn Fan
Atlanta
Member since Jan 2018
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
What was the point of posting about him going home to the Lord here BFR?


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OrangeEmpire
Tennessee Fan
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
It very well may be but it still stands. Would the trajectory of NASCAR been different if it would have been Gordon who died.

Then on a side note, the restraint system that was put in place after Earnhardt's death saved Gordon's life.

It's fascinating how things turn out.




kingbob
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
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The Car of Tomorrow

Trying to police the drivers too much


These were the biggest issues imo. The new cars didn’t look cool, so kids weren’t nearly as invested in watching a bunch of Toyota camry looking cars go in circles for 3 hours. The car of tomorrow looked lame as shitte. F1 racing vehicles look like a toy a kid would want. Newer NASCAR vehicles do not. Who cares about boring looking cars that are basically all the same, essentially eliminating mechanical ingenuity from the competitive process?

They policed the drivers so much that they could not develop dominant personalities that viewers could identify with. Racing isn’t a team sport. There’s no regional tribalism or natural rivalry for the fanbase to latch on to and act out through the sport. Mostly, what you’re marketing is these drivers’ skills, personalities, and appearances. NASCAR basically neutered their drivers so they couldn’t show any personality leading to fans not being able to identify with. In all pro sports, it’s easier to sell storylines than the competition itself. Racing can easily lend itself to stories of underdogs, babyfaces, and heels, but NASCAR went out of its way to prevent those kinds of narratives from developing. No narrative, no reason to care about individual drivers or feel any emotional attachment to their struggles or successes.

Bottom line: Who cares about cars going around in a circle if they don’t care about the car or the person driving it?


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umrebel2009
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
NASCAR needs about 475 less laps per race. It's like everyone wants to see the first 5 minutes and the last 5 minutes and theres like 5 hours of filler in the middle that nobody wants to watch


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SCLibertarian
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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
The heartbeat of Nascar was in the Carolinas and look at it now: no North Wilkesboro, no Rockingham and they screwed with Darlington for a time. Then you have the France family basically trying to disavow the very people who made their sport popular by banning Confederate regalia. And now your drivers are a bunch of Yankees with zero personality whatsoever. No wonder Southerners have turned it off.


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re: 20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.
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NASCAR basically put on a clinic for how to lose a fanbase from 2005-2015.







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Cliff Booth
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20 years ago today Dale Earnhardt was killed. NASCAR never recovered.


Was definitely a "remember where I was" moment. I think it's obvious now that the people in charge would have killed the sport regardless but the good times would have lasted a little longer with him around.

This is only one problem of many, but who do they think the playoff format reeled in? Can you think of one person you know who wasn't into Nascar but all of a sudden became a fan because of the chase? Makes no sense at all. Even the NHRA has a "playoff" now and I've yet to talk to a single person who likes it. Who do these executives get these dumbass ideas from?


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