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MotorHeadline: NASCAR, anyone?

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As The Augusta Press continues to grow, we want to grow in the right direction. Sometimes, the best thing to do is just simply ask the folks who read the newspaper what they would like to see more of.

So, we’re asking, would you like to see more coverage of auto racing?

I must admit that I am...

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  1. Don’t waste your time with NAPCAR Check out Eldora Speedway-Thw Dewam and Thwe World 100. Super dirt late models ! 900 hp on a half mile high banked track. Where caution flag laps are not counted. And then interview Brandon Overton from Appling. Nations top ranked dirt late model driver. I haven’t watched a NAPCAR scripted race since 1998!

  2. I think motor sports coverage would be a welcomed addition. The local area is full of racers, from all forms of racing. Some of these are currently at the top of their game on a National stage, and some are former champions at a high level. As someone who makes their living in racing, I definitely would enjoy it. Not necessarily NASCAR, but highlighting local racers.

  3. NASCAR has been in flux pretty much for the last decade, trying to grow the sport by attracting new audiences. They have taken a few missteps along the way and have alienated some of their most rabid fans. Actually going to the races was popular for folks with a modest income, and the events were family oriented. Now, high ticket prices have meant that many of the tracks sell the premium sections and many of the seats remain empty. These high prices mean the average family is precluded from attending these races in person. The races this season have been exciting to watch on TV if you have the ability to stream them. I would prefer to watch the races with the volume off, much like any other televised sporting event these days, to tune out all the distractions of the contortionists they call sports analysts.

  4. All you need to know about NASCAR is that you’ve been able to buy Bristol tickets for nigh on 20 years. It used to be the toughest ticket in motorsports with regulars renewing year after year and new fans not getting a chance at a ticket. Interest is off.

  5. Scott, great question. Any car related press would be welcome in these pages for sure. But, as others have already pointed out, there are many different types of the sport than just NASCAR. If I were you the focus to begin with would be to share the amazing history of the sport right here in this area. You already have a good starting spot in your sights, the Augusta International Speedway Preservation Society meeting in October. I saw their Facebook post noting that the current plan is for this to be the last one. Maybe with your coverage, interest in the preservation of the history of the track could change that. My bet is 90% of the CSRA does not know that Richard Petty counts 2 of his 200 career wins from the half mile oval at AIS. I grew up close enough to hear the sounds of the race cars circling the track as a child. That sound is intoxicating and I am sure helped start my addiction to speed. Just looking at the track itself helps explain why others have said there is more to racing than just NASCAR. The greats at the time of many types of racing came to our track. In addition to the NASCAR greats, Don Garlits ran on the drag strip, Ken Miles – of the Ford vs. Ferrari movie fame road raced at our track. Miles and several other racing greats have streets named after them in the neighborhood sitting where the the track once stood.

    Scott, one of your commenters above, Jimmy Rivers, is also a local racing legend who would be a great source for you to explore as you tell the history of racing in the area. I for one am looking forward to reading more Motorsport coverage. But if you focus on just NASCAR, you are on the wrong track.

    Did you see what I did there?

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