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Dale, Jr Says Season Is Too Long

Posted by Keith Murray on November 1, 2008

There is a very good article I read today over at Yahoo! Sports in which Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was quoted as saying that the season is too long in our sport. He apologizes for the comparisons to the NFL, but there is no need to – his assessment that they give you just enough to leave you hanging and wanting more is appropriate. It’s kinda like when you are dating someone and first falling in love (I have been happily married for 12 years, so I am out of practice, but my memory is still good!) – as much as you want to spend every waking moment with that person, too much of a good thing can grow old very fast.

From the time we wave the checkered flag at Homestead to the first days of Preseason Thunder in Daytona is about 2 months. You barely have time to turn your attention to Thanksgiving and Christmas and then it is right back to racing. I love racing, but he has a great point. There is barely any excitement and anticipation for the upcoming season when you just fiinished the last season a few weeks ago.

And he is also right about NASCAR not making any changes. They would let the whole thing crash and burn before they did anything to scale back some revenue – even if it was for the long-term good of the sport.


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