The Johnson City Press takes a look at the importance of the Bristol track and the races it hosts to the area’s economy. Jon Ackley is quoted, noting that it was natural for fans to curtail spending on some items this year.
Article on Examiner.com takes a look at NASCAR’s marketing challenges and opportunities. Jon Ackley offers his perspective on some of the sport’s major issues.
Darren Rovell, CNBC sports business expert, asks “when does Dale Earnhardt Jr. become unmarketable?” Despite struggles on track, Dale Jr. remains No. 1 best-selling driver.
“NASCAR’s Trouble at the Track,” an overview of the sport’s economic troubles, in Forbes Magazine.
— Economy waving yellow flag on NASCAR (Indianapolis Star).
— NASCAR could learn from Waffle House (Fulton County News)
— Being his own boss puts Stewart in fast company (USA Today)
— NASCAR expects lower attendance in 2009 (Reuters)
— How NASCAR became a U.S. institution (Guardian)
— Will economy put the brakes on NASCAR’s surge? (Salt Lake Tribune)
— Saggine economy has affected NASCAR and its fans in similar ways (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
— Fox’s cartoon gopher Digger goes after dollars for NASCAR (USA Today)
— In economic downshift, NASCAR lives within means (Florida Today)
— Racing’s hard times hitting area businesses (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Chrysler plans to cut back on spending on NASCAR — but they’ll remain in the sport. (article quotes Dr. Pitts)
Massive layoffs expected soon on NASCAR teams.
Has COT led to NASCAR’s much-sought state of parity?
Toyota is off to a great start … and so is Roush Fenway … and so is Kyle Busch.
Robby Gordon, one of NASCAR’s dwindling independents, races on his own terms.
Auto Club Speedway looking at move to restrictor-plate track status.
Interesting effort to get a car into the Nationwide Series with Marshall University’s name on it.
Vegas a sellout again.