Are You Watching NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway? Why Not?

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OK, if you're here at CollegeCarGuide, it's probably because you like cars and trucks to some extent. And in a lot of cases, you like seeing them do impressive things, like Ken Block's Gymkhana drifiting webseries. But what about the racing, where your car-loving parents used to fall in love with different drivers each week?

It's not really news that NASCAR ratings are down over the past several years, as the Davidson County Dispatch notes, even though there are signs that it may be on the rise yet again. Complaints about NASCAR have included the lack of personality from many of the drivers, the boring nature of hours-long races and the lack of a relationship between the “stock cars” and what you can buy in a showroom.

F1 isn't much better. The top motorsports series in the world is so expensive that this year, only three automakers could get into it, according to the New York Times. That includes Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, and Renaults aren't available in the United States. And of course, open-wheel race cars don't look like production cars, at all.

There may be something to be said for seeing cars that at least somewhat resemble consumer cars, prompted by the old adage, “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday.” It may explain why some people like Block's Subaru WRX and Ford Fiesta-based racing. At least the car looks a little like what teens and college students might be able to drive.

So, with that in mind, I want to ask the CCG readership: if you could see a car racing series where the vehicles had to start with a production chassis and frame, would you watch? What would make auto racing interesting again?

[Davidson County Dispatch, New York Times]

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