On its front page Wednesday, the nation’s largest newspaper by circulation said NASCAR’s problems “seem to have spun out of control.”
“Long a Cultural Icon, NASCAR Hits the Skids,” reads the headline on the article in The Wall Street Journal. One of the article’s two writers, Tripp Mickle, graduated from Myers Park High in Charlotte.
The article says NASCAR’s largely working class and white fan base is aging and was knocked harder by the recession than more-affluent fan bases of other major national sports.
“There’s no magic pill for this one,” former NASCAR race team owner Ed Rensi told the Journal. “It’s about economics and demographics.”
NASCAR also has suffered from a lack of stars, the article says, noting how Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined last year by a concussion but is scheduled to race in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday.
The article quotes a spokesman for seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty …

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