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Author: Derek Halpern

What the Return of Fans to NASCAR Means For Sports

Reading Time: 2 minutesMay 17th marked a massive day for NASCAR, and really the entire sports world. On that day, NASCAR returned to Darlington Raceway with strict health procedures including social distancing, masks, a thorough cleansing of the garage and track area, and even dropped hundreds of people that normally are at the track that will now have to stay back at the shops. Those people in particular are engineers, HR personnel, social media managers, and even some sponsorship owners. Flash forward to now July 2nd, everyone is wondering when fans will return to the track. Well, NASCAR has...

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The Return of NASCAR: Everything You Need to Know

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe COVID-19 outbreak had caused NASCAR to cancel all races since March 8th. But recently, NASCAR has made a big announcement and stated that raced will be returning May 17th to Darlington Raceway! The race will be held without fans and will be monitored by strict guidelines. On the contrary, this will be a huge media boost for NASCAR, and bring in thousands of more fans due to the fact of it being the only live major sporting event taking place. NASCAR is often the forgotten major sport of America. Many networks including ESPN rarely talk...

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Explaining the Success of Virtual NASCAR

Reading Time: < 1 minuteYes, you read the title right! Virtual NASCAR racing! This past weekend NASCAR earned a combined 81% rating and 1.339 million viewers for Sunday’s Pro Series Invitational (simulcast on Fox and FS1). That means NASCAR just broke its own record for the most-viewed eSports event in U.S. TV history. The telecast was the highest rated and most-watched sportscast of the weekend, finishing ahead of the ESPN 30 For 30 “Celtics/Lakers” on ABC the previous day (80%, 1.18M viewers ), via PRN. 31 drivers (Retired and Current) have entered the Pro Invitational series on iRacing. iRacing...

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2020 NASCAR Season Preview and Predictions

Reading Time: 3 minutesWith the drivers headed back to Daytona for the 500 on the 16th of February, many questions were being asked to Jim France, who stated, “We’re coming off of a very good year, I felt like last year, we were really getting some momentum back,” the NASCAR Chairman said. “It’s exciting now, going into this coming year.” Since replacing his nephew as head of the family business in August 2018, Jim France has been a steady guide for a series trying to stop a slide in every important metric. Attendance and television ratings may have finally...

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Chase Cabre – a Winning NASCAR Driver – Gives the Inside Scoop

Reading Time: 2 minutesRecently, I had the honor to interview Chase Cabre; a winning driver in the NASCAR K and N Pro Series! This is what he had to say: Me – “Well my first question is looking back to when you started: where did you see this journey originally taking you?”Chase – “When I first started in motocross, I thought that I was going to end up in the Supercross world. But things change for good reasons and I would never expect to be where I’m at today”Me – “I completely agree that things change for good reasons...

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